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Blaise Pascal, known for being an early pioneer of the mathematical theory of probability and the design of the mechanical calculator, would have loved quantum. As a french mathematician, physicist and philosopher, the idea of quantum and all its possibilities would have been a true wonder to the big thinker.
To commemorate Blaise Pascal’s great work and his legacy, PASQAL will celebrate and mark his 400th anniversary with: The Blaise Pascal [Re]generative Quantum Challenge.
With this challenge, we dare you to rethink how we understand and use quantum.
Participating in this innovative hackathon will give you the opportunity to push the boundaries of quantum computing and its applications, and influence and [re]shape the world and the future ahead of us.
Are you ready to find new ways to face sustainability challenges for our cities and transport? Such as lowering consumption, increasing energy efficiency, and discovering endless new possibilities.
Prove that scientific and technical innovation based on quantum technologies can provide large-scale energy solutions today.
Beyond purely academic results and in line with the concrete industrial vision defended by PASQAL since its creation in 2019, the hackathon’s challenge is to identify use-cases related to environmental, social, human, or economic issues, and find a sustainable solution through quantum computing to solve it.
Use cases can range from health (e.g., anticipating epidemic spread and virus transmission scenarios or supporting drug discovery by improving protein scoring functions) to industry (e.g., designing a new aircraft/car chassis using the minimum amount of material needed for maximum strength and safety) to AI (e.g., training AI with low energy cost).
SDG*: UN Sustainable Development Goals
The challenge is open to everyone
Whether you are a student, an engineer, a business professional or even if you have no experience in quantum at all. Don’t worry! With the help of our coaches, designers and other additional tools, we will make sure you are fully supported in developing amazing ideas!
PASQAL, pioneers of quantum with a nobel-prize winning team, will provide participants exclusive access to their technologies, data and more.
It is up to you to use this data and create groundbreaking solutions for a better future!
Sign up now to discover quantum technologies!
Break the mould and be a changemaker
Work on creating groundbreaking solutions in quantum physics
Tap into new skills and improve existing ones
Take part in this once in a lifetime experience
Registrations Open ➞ 16th of August 2023
Virtual Hackathon ➞ 5th October - 10th November 2023
Opening Conference ➞ 5th October 2023
Virtual Demo Day ➞ 15th November 2023
Awards Ceremony in Clermont-Ferrand ➞ 28th November 2023
1st phase: up to 50 projects preselected by 20th October
2nd phase: up to 20 projects preselected by 30th October
3rd phase: 10 finalists selected for the demo day by 13th November
Final phase: the Demo Day on the 15th November. There will be three winners during this phase who will be invited to the event in Clermont-Ferrand on the 28th November to showcase their solutions and receive the awards.
50,000€ in Rewards!
1st Phase: 50 preselected projects - The top 5 will receive 1000€ per project
2nd Phase: 20 preselected projects - Top 5 will receive 1000€ per project
3rd Phase: 10 finalists - 1000€ per project
Final Phase: 3 Final Winners
PRIZES FOR WINNERS of Demo Day (15th November):
Runners up at Final Demo Day
Grand Prize at Final Demo Day
Next Best at Final Demo Day
Everyone is welcome to participate. Do keep in mind that teams with more members from various areas/sectors might have an advantage of combining different areas of expertise!
Teams can have up to 5 members, but you are also welcome to join as an individual.
Teams can be formed on their own accord (between colleagues and/or friends), but we will also be having matchmaking sessions for those looking to form a team or join one.
The event is partially online: watch webinars, submit your ideas, check the different projects, and discuss ideas. This all takes place on the event platform (coming soon). The Final Demo Day will also take place online. During this day the finalists will pitch their ideas in front of the final jury, which decides which three teams deserve to win!
The three winners will be invited to the grand event in Clermont-Ferrand on the 28th November 2023. Here they will live-showcase their solutions to the audience and network. Travel and accommodation will be provided.
Any questions? Get in touch with email@example.com
"At a time when there is consensus that we need to reassess the status quo to preserve the environment and succeed in our sustainable energy transition, technology companies must lead the charge,”
says Georges-Olivier Reymond, CEO of PASQAL.
"At PASQAL we have been able to move quantum technology from the laboratory to the company by developing concrete applications in industry, finance, transport, logistics and health. 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 transmit our know-how and our conviction that quantum computing can be applied to real use cases today.”
"If enthusiasts remember how much computer science owes to 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 integral coherence between the scientist and the philosopher, thus giving a deep meaning to his companies in the service of the challenges of his time. Nothing should prevent us from daring in its name the best with quantum breakthrough, by redoubling our requirements on the concrete demonstration of energy benefits and impact,"
says Etienne de Rocquigny, Founder of Blaise Pascal Advisors.
Like the societal impacts of the digital revolution, 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 a conviction: industrial and commercial pragmatism to enable the concrete applications of quantum computing.
This vision now allows PASQAL to develop a technology that has proven its upside in many sectors and provides real applications for enterprise. By placing innovative projects in this challenge , PASQAL wants to unlock the potential of quantum, by making a decisive contribution to the proof of quantum’s impact and sustainable energy.
PASQAL is a pioneer in quantum computing and was founded in 2019, by Georges-Olivier Reymond together with Alain Aspect, Nobel Prize in Physics 2022; Christophe Jurczak; Antoine Browaeys and Thierry Lahaye.
Today PASQAL is the European leader in quantum technology and aims to become a world leader, in particular by developing a quantum computer with 1,000 qubits in the short term.
PASQAL has secured more than €140 million in funding and relies on a team of more than 170 employees. The company has 25 customers worldwide, including Thales, Airbus, EDF, RTE, BMW, Johnson & Johnson and Siemens.
Blaise Pascal Advisors is an advisory firm of entrepreneurs and executives to put tech at the service of strategy and meaning.
It was founded by Etienne de Rocquigny, mathematician and entrepreneur, former Vice-Dean of Research at Centrale Paris, co-founder with Bpifrance of the data-AI program and a cutting-edge think-tank in algorithmic ethics.
Blaise Pascal Advisors has accompanied more than forty algorithmic and pivotal entrepreneurial adventures with impact.