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Teach Me QISKit: We have a winner!

We announced in January four challenges and prizes to encourage people to take the quantum leap by taking advantage of the IBM Q Experience and the IBM QISKit development platform.

One of those challenges, Teach Me QISKit, offered a $1,000 prize for the best interactive self-paced tutorial (based on Jupyter Notebooks) that explains a specific focus topic in quantum computing using QISKit and the IBM Q Experience.

And…we have a winner! Congratulations to Alba Cervera Lierta, a Ph.D. student at the University of Barcelona and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain.


Alba Cervera Lierta, the winner of the Teach Me QISKit challenge

We selected Alba as the winner because her tutorial, “Exact Ising Model simulation: How to simulate time evolution at zero time” stood out among other high-quality submissions in creativity, originality, visual appearance and structure. Most importantly, Alba’s contribution nicely balances scientific details and structural content on a topic that is highly relevant for quantum applications such as quantum chemistry. Furthermore, her tutorial makes a very instructive comparison between results obtained from perfect quantum simulation and those affected by noise on real quantum hardware.

“It’s an honor for me to receive such recognition from the IBM Q group,” said Alba. “Cloud quantum computation has allowed quantum information theorists like me to design, and experimentally implement my own algorithms in a very elegant and simple way. I’m confident that this is just the beginning of something great!”

Our sincere thanks to all participants who submitted tutorials. It was difficult to pick a winner; all the tutorials are relevant for understanding the concept of quantum computing. Our aim is to include them all in the QISKit tutorial repository so that everyone in the community can use them.

Finally, we encourage others to participate in the remaining IBM Q Awards:

IBM Q Best Paper Award

  • For scientists that have published papers which use QISKit or the IBM Q Experience.
  • Deadline: July 15, 2018

Teach Me Quantum Award

  • For professors or lecturers that use QISKit or the IBM Q Experience in their lectures.
  • Deadline: November, 15, 2018