UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute



UCLQ hosts hackathons throughout the year on various topics, from applications in finance to chemistry.

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Quantum computers have the potential to revolutionise fields such as materials research, drug discovery and finance. Though the research and technology is developing, research groups and industry players are already exploring possible quantum algorithms for applications. Here is your chance to learn about the latest developments in quantum computing and code programs for quantum computers.

UCLQ Quantum Finance Hackathon

With UCLQ's Quantum Finance Hackathon we aim to bring together people from a diverse set of backgrounds, including quantum physics, computer scientists, finance experts, and coders to explore the finance applications of quantum computing.

Working with the Qiskit team from IBM Q, Banco Santander, and the UK Quantum Computation and Simulation Hub (QCS), UCLQ organised a two-day hackathon to explore the finance applications for quantum computers. 

Event Information

Thursday 19 - Friday 20 March | UCL BaseKX, London

(*Please note that this event was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will be rescheduled in Summer 2021 in an online format).

Our Qiskit hackathon is open to everyone and free to join! We are looking for students and professionals from all fields to attend. However, prior knowledge in programming with Python is expected and participants will need to bring their own laptops for coding.

Over the course of two days students and professionals from all fields will work with quantum computers from IBM on a task devised by Banco Santander. Teams of five will form a multidisciplinary team to hack, innovate and explore the problem for 24-hours, before presenting their results. 

During the hackathon:

  • Expert coaches from IBM, UCLQ and Santander will be available to help you and give you tips
  • You will have access to quantum machines from IBM
  • We'll make sure you're well-fed and hydrated to keep you going

Information Booklet

For more information about our hackathon - the agenda, competition rules, and pre-event instructions - read our Hackathon Information Booklet.


Event postponed

In light of the uncertainty around Covid-19 in the UK and polices regarding travel (for both our sponsors and participants), the organising group for our hackathon decided to postpone the event.

We aim to host the event online in Summer 2021. Keep in touch for more updates!