While the field of quantum computing may be in its nascent stages, what’s being discovered today wouldn’t exist without researchers, students and developers, working together and sharing knowledge. With over 60,000 users around the world, many quantum computing experts have used IBM’s Q Experience to run experiments and test out code to take advantage of this revolutionary new computing model. While it’s still early, quantum computing has the potential to solve problems otherwise intractable for the binary computing that we’ve relied on for years. And it’s exactly that potential and excitement that has driven technologists to continue to push quantum computing beyond the boundaries known today! And of course, to stand on the shoulders of giants who have worked in the quantum computing domain and shared that knowledge.

IBM Research is excited to announce two new quantum computing challenges for developers! The first one is called the QISKit Developer Challenge. It entails writing compiler code that takes an input quantum circuit and outputs and optimal circuit for a specific hardware topology. Up to $5,000 in total prizes is available for the winners of this challenge, more details can be found on the IBM Q website!

The other interesting developer challenge is Teach me QISKit where you build an interactive, self-paced tutorial on Jupyter Notebooks with a specific focus topic in quantum computing using QISKit and the IBM Q Experience. There’s a $1,000 award available to the winner and the deadline is March 31st! More details are available here.


So what do you say, developers? Are you up for these quantum challenges? We’ve got quite a few blog posts to get you started and help you understand quantum computing and IBM Q. Check out Kevin Casey’s notes for beginners, our announcements from the IBM Q team along with current Jupyter notebooks being used for quantum computing. If you’re up for the challenge and ready to contribute to the vibrant IBM Q community, we’d love to to have you share your knowledge and expertise with the rest of the developer world, good luck!

Learn more about Quantum Computing at developerWorks and IBM

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