PASQAL Announces 50,000 Hackathons for Quantum Sustainability Solutions - High Performance Computing News Analysis |  insideHPC

PASQAL Announces 50,000 Hackathons for Quantum Sustainability Solutions – High Performance Computing News Analysis | insideHPC

Paris, July 24, 2023 Quantum computing company PASQAL today announced a hackathon dedicated to generating ideas for quantum solutions that can accelerate the sustainable energy transition: The Blaise Pascal [re]Generative Quantum Challenge. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of the French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal. To honor this occasion, the
Pre-registration was open on July 20, 2023 until the hackathon on October 5, 2023. Registration information can be found here. The competition will end on 15 November 2023 with an “online demonstration day”. A unifying awards event will follow on November 28, 2023 during which there will also be speeches, lectures and panel discussions on Pascal’s legacy, tech entrepreneurs, artificial and quantum intelligence, all in service of the common good.

Launched in partnership with Blaise Pascal Advisors, the hackathon will run from October to November this year. With this challenge PASQAL wants to bring together the best students, researchers and pioneers to participate in an innovation competition with 50,000 prizes.

Registration is open now.

In the challenge participants can demonstrate that scientific and technical innovation based on quantum technologies can provide large-scale energy solutions today. They will be asked to identify a use case related to environmental, social, human or economic issues and to find a sustainable solution through quantum computing to solve it.

Use cases can range from healthcare (e.g., anticipate epidemic spread and virus transmission scenarios, or support drug discovery by improving protein scoring functions) to industry (e.g., design a new aircraft/car chassis using the minimum amount of material needed for maximum strength and safety) to AI (e.g., train AI with low energy cost).

Beyond purely academic results and in line with the concrete industrial vision defended by PASQAL since its creation in 2019, the challenge of the hackathons is to demonstrate that scientific and technical innovation based on quantum technologies can provide large-scale energy solutions today.

At a time when there is consensus that we need to reevaluate the status quo to preserve the environment and succeed in our sustainable energy transition, technology companies must lead the charge, said Georges-Olivier Reymond, CEO of PASQAL. “At PASQAL we have been able to move quantum technology from the laboratory to the enterprise by developing concrete applications in industry, finance, transport, logistics and healthcare. If quantum will allow us to do everything faster, it is also a tool at the service of the energy transition. This competition is above all a desire to pass on our know-how and our belief that quantum computing can be applied today to real use cases.
“If enthusiasts remember how much computer science owes Blaise Pascal through the invention of Pascaline and probabilities, very few know that he was an incredible serial entrepreneur, much more passionate about the concrete impact of his innovations. A bet lived in full coherence between the scientist and the philosopher, thus giving a profound meaning to his exploits at the service of the challenges of his time. Nothing should stop us from daring in his name the best with the quantum breakthrough, doubling our requirements on the concrete demonstration of energy benefits and impact, ”said Etienne de Rocquigny, founder of Blaise Pascal Advisors.

As the digital revolution impacts society, quantum computing has the potential to open up new perspectives by solving problems once considered intractable. PASQAL’s was founded in 2019 on a bold vision, based on one belief: industrial and commercial pragmatism to enable concrete applications of quantum computing.

This vision now allows PASQAL to develop a technology that has proven its benefit in many industries and provides real applications for enterprises. By placing innovative projects on this challenge, PASQAL wants to unlock the potential of quantum, making a decisive contribution to the quantum impact test and sustainable energy.

This competition will bring together a jury comprising:

Florent Menegaux, President of the Michelin Group

Frederic Magniez, director of research at CNRS

Etienne de Rocquigny, Founder Blaise Pascal Consultants

Etienne Klein, director of research at CEA

Kristel Michielsen, Founder of EMBD

Georges-Olivier Reymond, CEO of PASQAL

The 50,000 in prizes will be awarded through the following categories:

First phase: 50 selected projects – The top five will receive a prize of 1,000

Second phase: 20 pre-selected projects – first five: 1,000 per project

Third stage: 10 finalists – 1,000 per finalist

Final stage: 3 final winners – 15.000 for the first prize / 10.000 for the second prize / 5.000 for the third prize.


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