Quantum Internet Hackathon

The eighth RIPE NCC hackathon takes on the Quantum Internet! The hackathon will be held during the weekend before RIPE 77 in Amsterdam, and is co-organised by QuTech, TU Delft and Quantum Internet Alliance, along with the RIPE NCC. We’re bringing together network operators, quantum networking researchers, students, hackers, software developers and artists, to imagine and build the tools for the future Internet. For more information on the hackathon, please read this article.

Dates: 13-14 October 2018
Venue: Volkshotel, Amsterdam
Topic: Quantum Internet

Please note that the Quantum Internet Hackathon takes place at the Volkshotel, while the RIPE 77 venue is the Hotel Okura.


Hackathon Format

Before the event

Applicants can use the discussion mailing list, EtherPad and IRC to help plan collaborations. The RIPE NCC will also organise an introductory webinar to the available data sets, tools and proposed projects, for the participants a week or two before the event. To find out more about previous RIPE NCC hackathons, you can read about the first six hackathons, or check our repository of all relevant articles at labs.ripe.net/hackathons.

During the event

Participants will be grouped into small teams, with each team focusing on a chosen project. All source code developed during the hackathon will be publicly licensed and available on GitHub, and accessible for the entire community to use. A variety of goodies will be provided for participating, including credits for RIPE Atlas, and the most interesting results will be promoted during RIPE 77. Food and drinks will be provided throughout the event however, participants need to arrange for accommodation themselves. More information is available here.

At the end of the Hackathon

Since we want to focus on collaboration and not on competition, there will be no winner and no single prize. We will celebrate all achievements during the closing party on Sunday evening.

Participating in the Hackathon

We are specifically looking for:

  • Network operators who can give feedback about networking essentials to be reused for Quantum Internet
  • Developers familiar with Python, JavaScript, Rust, Go, etc.
  • UX and UI experts, graphic designers
  • Researchers in the field of Internet measurements or networking in general
  • Students, hackers, and science-fiction lovers who want to help make their fantasies come true!

(Partial) Travel Grants

Travel funding of up to € 500 per person will be available to two participants to ensure that the hackathon is accessible to a diverse range of participants.

In order to be eligible for the travel grant, please make sure your application is submitted before 20 August, and that your request for travel funding is justified. The jury will make the final decision regarding awarding the travel grants, and preference will be given to applicants from ‘least developed countries’, those working for not-for-profit organisations and those who have previously contributed to free and open-source software projects.

Applicants will be told whether they qualify for funding when they are informed of their application status on 24 August 2018.

Important Dates and Deadlines

20 August 2018: Application deadline for participants requesting a travel grant
24 August 2018: Funding results announced
11 September 2018: Final deadline for applications
15 September 2018: Final list of participants published
1 October 2018: Introductory webinar for hackathon participants
13-14 October 2018: Quantum Internet Hackathon in Amsterdam
15-19 October 2018: RIPE 77 Meeting in Amsterdam
11 November 2018: Results published as an article on RIPE Labs

For more information on the Quantum Internet Hackathon, please read this article.