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Hackathon Offers Glimpse of Quantum Potential

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Some participants in the quantum hackathon.

One of the primary objectives for the event was to build awareness of the current capabilities of quantum computing among different organizations and businesses.

Credit: National Quantum Computing Centre

The U.K.'s National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) recently held its second quantum hackathon at the University of Birmingham, in which 10 teams comprised mainly of Ph.D. students and early-career scientists were given two days to formulate quantum solutions to real-world problems.

The teams were given the opportunity to test their solutions on different, emerging hardware platforms.

NQCC's Michael Cuthbert said, "This year we have more industry partners who are exposing our hackers to a broader range of use cases, plus there are more companies providing access to their hardware platforms compared to last year."

The goal of the hackathon is to raise awareness of quantum computing's capabilities and offer hands-on experience in writing quantum algorithms and running them on actual quantum computers.

Participants also learned how quantum computing can be used in different industries and research fields.

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