• Pan-European Quantum Internet Hackathon

    Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

    RIPE's original announcement https://labs.ripe.net/Members/ulka_athale_1/take-part-in-pan-european-quantum-internet-hackathon

    Register for the hackathon here: https://www.ripe.net/participate/forms/apply/peqi/

    How this Hackathon Works
    For the first time ever, we are holding the hackathon simultaneously in five connected locations or 'nodes' across Europe. Participants from across all five locations will form teams to take on challenges, and possibly even form cross-node teams. And of course, we will bring all our nodes together virtually to share projects, progress, and feedback. Experts and jury members will also be at hand to guide participants.

    Apply now take part in the Pan-European Quantum Internet Hackathon 2019

    The Hackathon Challenge

    The goal of this hackathon is to develop some of the first applications that use quantum mechanics to secure their online communications. An example of such an application is a browser that can load a web page over an encrypted HTTPS connection using a secret key generated by a quantum key distribution (QKD) protocol. Similarly, many other applications that need to encrypt their online traffic, such as e-mail or online messaging, can be integrated with QKD. One could even extend OpenSSL to provide a QKD API to make it easier to integrate for future applications.

    Whilst a quantum network is not yet available, a simulated version that connects all the participating nodes will be provided. The simulated network will expose the same API that will be used in the first demonstration network in the Netherlands and so all applications developed at this hackathon will be runnable on real hardware as soon as it becomes available.

    We're Looking for You!
    Curious about the Quantum Internet? Passionate about developing new technology? We're looking for software developers, network operators, and equipment vendors, as well as general web, privacy, and cryptography enthusiasts (students, researchers, industry professionals) who are interested in Quantum Internet technology to participate in this pan-European event. Each node can accept approximately 20 participants based on their capacity, which means we have roughly 100 places available in total across our five nodes.

    If you're interested, submit the application form before the deadline, and make sure to select the node of your choice.

    Important Dates and Deadlines
    12 August 2019: Applications open
    15 September 2019: First deadline for applications
    30 September 2019: List of participants published
    Last week of October 2019: Introductory webinar for hackathon participants
    5-6 November 2019: Pan-European Quantum Internet Hackathon takes place simultaneously at all nodes

    Register for the hackathon here: https://www.ripe.net/participate/forms/apply/peqi/

  • How far are we in Quantum Computing? - Quantum Lab Launch

    Anna van Hannoverstraat 4

    For our launch, we are hosting a two-part event. We will start with a presentation by Wolfgang Tittel from QuTech on Quantum Internet and where we are in its development.

    Wolfgang Tittel (Fontenay-aux-Roses/France, 1970) is an experimental physicist, a professor at the EEMCS Department at the TU Delft, and a staff member at QuTech since 2018. Tittel received his PhD from the University of Geneva in 2000 for “Quantum correlation for quantum communication”, which was seminal in bringing quantum communication technology out of the laboratory and into the real world using deployed telecommunication fiber. His work has raised, and continues to raise, both scientific and public awareness and appreciation that the new technology is not restricted to contrived laboratory settings

    After a short break for pizza and beer, we'll continue with a panel discussion the foreseen effects of Quantum Internet and computing on business and society.

    We are honored to have the following experts joining us for the panel:

    Adriaan Rol - PhD student in Leonardo DiCarlo's lab at QuTech working on fault-tolerant quantum computation.

    Bob Dirks (PhD, MSc) - TNO systems architect working on technical projects related to free space Quantum Key Distribution (and part of the SeQure project).

    Niels Bultink - from the startup QBlox that do electronics for quantum computing.

    18:00 - 18:30 Walk-in
    18:30 - 18:45 Overview & Lab
    18:45 - 19:45 Wolfgang Tittel on QuTech & Quantum Internet
    Current state and what is it?
    19:45 - 20:15 Pizza Break
    20:15 - 21:00 Panel, Q&A
    21:00 - Drinks and Networking