Are you ready to hack into the future of the quantum internet?


Join the QIA Hackathon 2024!

(Registration is now closed. Please email us at for questions.)

We are calling all interested quantum enthusiasts to join our pan-European quantum internet hackathon occurring simultaneously across multiple nodes on 15-16 February 2024!

Choose from three QIA-operated nodes in Delft (Netherlands), Dresden (Germany) and Paris (France), and Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC)’s node in Poznań (Poland), or contact us if you wish to host an additional node.

How the QIA Hackathon 2024 works

Our hackathon builds on the success of our Pan-European Hackathons in 2019 and 2022, and is organised by the QIA Use Case Team in close collaboration with RIPE NCC and GEANT.
Participants will assemble into local teams to tackle challenges, but will be brought together virtually during the hackathon to share projects, discuss progress and give feedback.
Expert guidance and facilitators will be on hand throughout the hackathon.

Orientation Webinar | 01 February 2024

  • Non-commercial: the organisers are not-for-profit organisations with no monetary prizes
  • Open Source: all resulting software and tools are released under non-commercial licenses
  • Collaborative: we foster cooperation and teamwork over competition

  • Learning about quantum networking, and quantum information technologies
  • Creating discussions about quantum network applications
  • Forging connections between participants
  • Bringing together expertise in different domains
  • Building simulations using the QIA simulation platform (SquidASM)

The hackathon will consist of a set of challenges for the different teams to tackle. These will focus on building quantum network applications, starting from a simulation of quantum communication and information processing protocols, and framing this simulations in an application scenario.

The simulation framework for the event will be the SquidASM quantum network simulator, which is also being used within the QIA project to simulate applications and inform hardware design. Two weeks prior to the hackathon a webinar will be held to give an introduction to this simulation tool.

The challenges for the hackathon will range from fleshing out existing implementations of quantum key distribution, to implementing secure delegated quantum computation, and to simulate secure quantum-digital payments. More details about these will be provided closer to the event.

Important dates
  • 01 December 2023: Applications open
  • 26 January 2024: Closing date for additional node submissions
  • 01 February 2024: Introduction webinar
  • 12 February 2024: Hackathon registration closes
  • 15-16 February 2024: Quantum Internet Hackathon at all nodes
Venues and travel

The event is free, with provided food and drinks for both days. Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation. We will provide precise location for each node closer to the event date.

Before, during and after the hackathon
Before the hackathon

Applicants can use collaborative tools (such as the hackathon Slack channel or their own discussion mailing list) to help plan shared work. We will also organise a webinar to introduce the available tools and proposed projects for participants a week or two before the event. You are encouraged to check out the code and projects submitted during previous hackathons, available on GitHub.

During the hackathon

Work/play hours are 9 am to 5 pm (UTC+1), with potential for extended collaboration into the night. We will schedule video links between nodes and online participants, but exact times will be announced later due to [possible] differing time zones.

Participants, who will work in small teams, are encouraged to propose new projects. All source code developed during the hackathon will be publicly licensed and will be made available on GitHub, making them accessible for the entire community to use.

A variety of goodies will be provided for participating. A variety of goodies will be provided for participating.

After the hackathon

Given the brief duration of the event, we acknowledge that the bulk of the work will occur either before or after the event. To ensure ongoing engagement, all projects will be documented on GitHub, and teams are encouraged to stay in touch and participate in our follow-up events in 2024 and beyond.

Our emphasis is on collaboration rather than competition, and therefore, there won’t be a single prize winner. Instead, we will spotlight all achievements during the closing session and recognise several projects with symbolic prizes for categories of ‘Most Innovative Solution,’ ‘Best Teamwork,’ and ‘Most Complete Presentation’.

Sign up now!


To get in touch with the organisers, please email us at

Below are QIA partners who are involved in the overall organisation of the QIA Hackathon 2024, with SURF, TU Dresden and Veriqloud also hosting nodes in Delft, Dresden and Paris, respectively.

We are collaborating with the following external parties to make this hackathon a success. PSNC is hosting the node in Posnan.