NYUAD International Hackathon for Social Good

Quantum Computing and UN Sustainable Development Goals


1st Place, ‘Audience Choice Award’ and a Special Award: GESDA Open Quantum Institute (OQI)

Team 5 – Smart Current التيار الذكي

Focus on Affordable & Clean Energy

Quantum topology and neural networks for blackout response


  • Elias Xaver Huber, ETH Zürich / NUS Singapore, Singapore
  • Omar Al – Khazali, American University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Candice Kang, UC Berkeley, USA
  • Haya Fuad Al Zuabi, Ajman University, UAE
  • Allen Baranov, MIT, USA
  • Yaffa Hassan Jaradat, Palestine Polytechnic University, Palestine
  • Henok Daniel Kahsay, Khalifa University, UAE


  • Stephen Lang, Co-Founder / UX Designer, USA
  • Sohum Thakkar, Quantum Software Engineer, QC Ware Corp, USA
  • Kannan Vijayadharan, PhD Student, University of Padova, Italy

It’s allowed me to learn things that I would not normally do. Before this, I worked on quantum hardware but I didn’t know the applications. It’s fun!


This hackathon has been an amazing opportunity to work with international teams and learn from one another


2nd Place

Team 8 – Qatrah | قطرة | (Droplet)

Focus on Clean Water & Sanitation and Industry innovation & infrastructure

Using quantum computing to design a more precise, environmental friendly and robust water distribution network.


  • Mst Airin Haque Anika, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Mohamed Amine Garrach, National School of Electronics and Telecommunications of Sfax (ENET’Com), France
  • Ghadeer Mahmoud Sawalha, Khalifa University, UAE
  • Anas Musa Mohammad Mohammad, Applied Scince Private University, Jordan
  • Selin Doğa Orhan, Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
  • Yaser Haitham Alosh, University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Sanjana Nambiar, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Lakshika Rathi, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
  • Basant Abdelaal, Student, The American University in Cairo, Egypt


  • Fouad Afiouni, CQTS – NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Victory Omole, Senior Software Engineer, Infleqtion, USA
  • Akash Kant, Software Developer, Motorq and Qbraid, Masters Student, Arizona University, USA
  • El Amine Cherrat, Quantum Scientist, QC Ware, France

This hackathon was a learning roller-coaster where we worked for long hours and interacted with multiple people from around the world. It was a great experience working with three awesome mentors while learning from them and their experiences.


The NYUAD hackathon gives me an opportunity to say that i’m very lucky to learn with such a diverse group of intellectually curious students.


3rd Place

Team 1 – feeQra | فكرة

Focus on Good Health & Wellbeing

We helps medical professionals with early detection of malignant tumors in patients using quantum machine learning.


  • Elena Acinapura, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Adjo Axoefa Irène Amedji, Defitech, Togo
  • Meriem Aoudia, University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Ashok Timsina, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Dernane Djilali, National School of Information and Communication Technologies and Post, Algeria
  • Reem Hazim, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE


  • Abbas Hassasfar, PhD Student, Stellenbosch University
  • Utkarsh Azad, Quantum Scientist, Xanadu Quantum Technologies
  • Robert Basmadjian, Interim Professor, Clausthal University of Technology
  • Zixiao Xu, Masters Student, Carnegie Mellon University

Quantum computing: the future is now.


The quantum future is all about the friends and memories we make along the way.


Audience Choice Award

Team 12 – FuQdan | فُقدان

Focus on Good Health & Well-Being

Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease using Quantum-Enhanced Machine Learning helps patients to slow the progression of the disease and helps insurers lower healthcare costs.


  • Alessandro Sinibaldi, EPFL, Switzerland
  • Yugoo Lu, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Shahd Helal Rashed Lubada, An Najah National University, Palestine
  • Nadeen Nassif Mahmoud Sayed, Nile University, Egypt
  • Dea Likaj, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Firas Darwish, NYU Abu Dhabi (NYU Abu Dhabi), UAE
  • Prince Joseph Erneszer Javier, Asian Institute of Management, Philippines


  • Pingal Pratyush Nath, PhD Student, Indian Institute of Science, India
  • Stefan Hillmich, PostDoc, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria, 
  • Amro Imam, Masters Student, NYU, USA
  • Vardaan Sahgal, Quantum Computing Researcher, Netaji Subhas University of Technology, India

We’re like qubits.

Each of us can’t do much alone. But when we come together and be in superposition, we have the potential to revolutionize the society


Quantum computing is not just a technology, it’s a mindset. Let’s embrace the power of diversity and global collaboration to unleash the true potential of quantum, and create a world that was once unimaginable.