Quantum Collective Knowledge

Quantum computers have the potential to solve certain problems dramatically faster than conventional computers, with applications in areas such as machine learning, drug discovery, materials, optimization, finance and cryptography.

It is not known yet when the first demonstration of quantum advantage will be achieved, or what shape it will take, but even when that happens one thing is certain: to make scalable quantum computing a reality, we must enable effective aggregation and sharing of multidisciplinary knowledge.

Together with a growing community of quantum computing experts and enthusiasts, we are building Quantum Collective Knowledge (QCK) to pinpoint the state-of-the-art and forecast future developments in quantum computing.

In contrast with other initiatives, QCK uses unified workflows with reusable components which can run on classical and quantum platforms, can be extended by the community, and are connected to a public scoreboard to simplify reproducibility and comparison of different algorithms across different platforms! We hope that QCK will be instrumental to unlock the power of quantum computing for everyone!

Quantum Collective Knowledge Hackathons

1st QCK Hackathon, Cambridge, 15 June 2018

We held our first QCK hackathon in Cambridge, UK. (Also, to the best of our knowledge, the first quantum hackathon in Western Europe!) Over 20 keen quantum programmers were given exclusive cloud access to Rigetti's 8-qubit Agave quantum computer and simulator. We had participants with various backgrounds, ranging from secondary school students to PhD students and experienced professionals, most of whom had no prior experience programming quantum computers.

2nd QCK Hackathon, London, 6 October 2018

We organized our second QCK hackathon in London, UK. Over 40 participants collaborated in teams to solve a quantum chemistry problem, and for the day were given priority access to IBM Quantum Experience machines, including a 16-bit quantum computer. Thanks to QCK, the participants had the opportunity to build upon the knowledge gained from the first hackathon and view experimental results on a live scoreboard.

Some participants commented after the event:

  • "My first hackathon! really great day! I loved it, learned a lot, good mix of people, good interaction, helpdesk, well facilitated. thank you very much!!!"
  • "That was a unique and brilliant hackathon; a gateway to further QC for more people. :)"
  • "Great day. Really interesting talks, hands-on coding and great opportunity to talk to people with similar interests. I came away feeling that I'd learned a lot."