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.


Team 2 – AUN | عـــون

Focus on Good Health & Wellbeing

AUN (عون) / AUN helps governments, citizens, and NGOs provide an efficient emergency evacuation response to those affected by natural disasters using graph optimization.


  • Tamer Omar Krizim, Philadelphia University, Jordan
  • Saaketh Rayaprolu, University of Southern California, USA
  • Jade LeSchack, University of Maryland – College Park, USA
  • Ajla Sacic, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Kara Bernou Mohamed Islem, ESI – Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique, Algiers, Algeria
  • Keya Shah, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Aziz R. A. Amro, Palestine Polytechnic University, Palestine


  • Priya Aswani, Independent Consultant / University of Wollongong
  • Ikken Nada, Ph.D Student in Quantum information, University Mohammed V in Rabat
  • Mousa Farajallah, University Professor and Private Sector Security Consultant, Palestine Polytechnic University, SadelTech – Internet And Mo

The NYUAD hackathon is such a unique opportunity to collaborate with people from around the world and grow as a learner. I have had such an amazing time!


The 11th NYUAD Hackathon has been a colorful melange of people from every imaginable culture having impressively diverse expertise driven by their passion to solve problems for social good. It’s been an absolute pleasure to be part of this amazing event!


Team 3 – Sheikh Sukar | شيخ سكر

Focus on Quality Education, Gender Equality and Industry Innovation & Infrastructure

Spooky or Genius? Learn about the fundamentals of quantum through Sheikh Sukar!


  • Hamdan Zoghbor, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Youmna Waleed Hamdan, Alquds University, Palestine
  • Mah Noor, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Billel Benoudjit, University Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis, France
  • Yahya Mousa Salem Haj Ali, Al-Quds University, Palestine
  • Rahaf Naser Hasan Qanas, Ajman University, UAE


  • Saumya Ranjan Behera, PhD Student, Raman Research Institute, India
  • Rushdi Hamamreh, Head of Computer Engineering Department, Al-Quds University, Palestine
  • Jibran Rashid, Assistant Professor, IBA Karachi and QWorld, Pakistan
  • Aliza Siddiqui, Student/Mentor, Louisiana State University, USA

As the great Sheikh Zayed once said “A country’s greatest investment lies in building generations of knowledgeable and educated youth”


It is vital to make science as accessible as possible to the youth in a language they understand.


Team 4 – Tanbeeh | تَنبيه

Focus on Decent Work & Economic Growth
and Peace & Justice, and Strong Institutions

With Tanbeeh | تَنْبِيه, Say Goodbye to Fraudsters and Hello to Fraud Busters!


  • Kaytlin F Harrison, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • Alaa Breim, University college of applied science, Palestine
  • Sairupa Thota, Gurunanak institutions, India
  • Husayn Gokal, Algorithmics, United Arab Emirates
  • Maryam Almetnawy, Ajman University, UAE
  • Mohammad rebhi Husaini, palestine polytechnic university, Palestine
  • Mohamed ElMohandes, American University of Sharjah, UAE


  • Jamika Ann Estacio Roque, PhD Student, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines
  • Ioannis Theodonis, Physics teaching and Research Staff, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Nouhaila Innan, PhD Student, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco

The NYUAD hackathon has been an outstanding experience, getting to work on things I didn’t know I can actually do was the best part about it. I really like how it allows me to learn from people with different backgrounds and levels coming from all around the world.


The Quantum NYUAD hackathon provides a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals worldwide to explore the fascinating intersection of quantum computing and our passions.


Team 6 – TANABU | تنبّؤ

Focus on Affordable & Clean Energy

TANABU|تنبّؤ is a quantum machine learning project that predicts energy grid failures and suggests maintenance based on climate, consumption trends, and energy generation data.


  • Kevin Matthew Rapp, Brown University, USA
  • Yousef Bashar Al Nashef, Khalifa University, UAE
  • Ahmed Kamal Rashid Rashid, Khalifa University, UAE
  • Syrine Sbaa, Ecole Supérieure de la Statistique et de l’Analyse de l’Information, Tunisia
  • Gabriel Missael Barco, University of Guanajuato, México
  • Omar Rayyan, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Rahaf Satei Alhusari, Ajman University, UAE
  • Abdallah El Sayed Ahmad, Arab Open University, Lebanon


  • Mohammed Alghadeer, PhD Student, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • David Morcuende, New Technologies Expert, Mahou San Miguel, Spain

Participating in this hackathon has been an incredible experience that I will never forget. I am grateful for the opportunity to meet amazing people and to have had the chance to connect with Sama, whose insights and guidance were truly eye-opening. This event was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that challenged me to work under pressure and push my limits to create something truly amazing. Winning is no longer the goal for me because the real victory is in the journey, the connections made, and the knowledge gained. I feel like I have already won just by being a part of this amazing event. 


The Quantum Computing Hackathon is a thrilling fusion of diversity and camaraderie. It’s a global meeting point, where incredible minds thrive in a positive, collaborative atmosphere. It’s not just great, it’s quantum!


Team 7 – NaQaa’ | نقاء

Focus on Industry innovation & infrastructure

Optimization of crop rotation techniques in order to improve sustainability of agriculture.


  • Nada Elsharkawy, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Mojtaba Khavaninzadeh, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Violeta Kabadzhova, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bulgaria
  • Nada Boutaoui, Estin, Algeria
  • Mira Saleh, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Amine Kidane, Khalifa University, UAE


  • Sophie Li, PhD Student, Harvard University, USA
  • Ahmad Alsadeh, Professor, Birzeit University, Palestine
  • Swaraj Purohit, Student/Mentor, MIT World Peace University, 
  • Salahedeen Issa, Quantum Software Engineer, Infleqtion, USA

This has been a life changing experience for me, and I learned so much about quantum computers and their potential impact


I really am proud and excited that the UAE and the Arab World are taking an initiative into utilizing this technology for good. This is only the beginning.


Team 10 – QCrop | كيو كروب

Focus on Industry innovation & infrastructure

Using Quantum Computing for Simulating Molecular Engineering for Fertilizer Design.


  • Padmapriya Mohan, RNSIT, Bangalore, India, India
  • Hamza Korhan, Middle East Technical Universty, Turkey
  • Ashmit Gupta, National Institute of Technology Hamirpur, India
  • Ahmed Jaafari, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
  • Meriam Mkadmi, American University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Rohan Mitra, American University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Walid Al-Eisawi, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE


  • Amir Karamlou, PhD Student, MIT, USA
  • Pawel Gora, CEO, University of Warsaw, Quantum AI Foundation, Poland
  • Kamila Zaman, Masters Student, NYU, USA

Working on this project has been an incredible experience. I never thought I would be able to apply quantum computing to a real-world problem like fertilizer design. It’s exciting to see how these cutting-edge technologies can be used to make a positive impact on the world.


Nature is a remarkable chemist, and quantum computing provides an opportunity to better understand and harness its secrets for designing more efficient and sustainable fertilizer molecules.


Team 11 – FaaiQ | فائق

Focus on Industry innovation & infrastructure

Applying quantum optimization algorithms to efficiently implement quantum networks using existing infrastructure.


  • João Henrique Oliveira Fontes, University of Chicago, USA
  • REZKELLAH Rania FatmaZohra, Higher National School For Computer Science ESI, Algiers, Algeria, Algeria
  • Jeffrey R Tejada Peralta, Brown University, USA
  • Bimarsha Adhikari, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Gonzalo de la Cruz, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Boukari Lyna, École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique (ESI Alger), Algeria
  • Abdallah Adnan Taqiedin, Applied Science Private University, Jordan
  • Mahira Pathan, American University of Sharjah, UAE


  • Teague Tomesh, Quantum Software Engineer, Infleqtion, USA
  • Sahar Ben Rached, PhD Student, University of Tunis El Manar, Spain
  • Walid El Maouaki, PhD Student, University Hassan 2 of Casablanca, Morocco

Really enjoyed meeting others from around the world to discuss not only quantum computing but personal interests and projects


I really enjoyed coming back for a second year, and one that is the same as last year — the best part of the Hackathon is the PEOPLE!


Team 13 – Qathir | كثير

Focus on Sustainable cities and communities

By leveraging our quantum-enhanced end-to-end solution for cost-efficient sensor placement and rapid fault and vulnerability localization, Qathir enables the robust and efficient use of the increasingly complex water distribution networks of tomorrow.


  • Dhruv Srinivasan, University of Maryland, College Park , USA
  • Khader M Khudair, University College of Applied Sciences, Palestine
  • Samhitha Bharthulwar, Indian Institute of Information Technology Kottayam, India
  • Anubhav Shrestha, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Deepesh Garg, Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India
  • Yeji Han, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Tasnim Ahmed, NYU Abu Dhabi, 
  • Oyungerel Amarsanaa, NYU Abu Dhabi, Mongolia
  • Sasha Malik, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE


  • Dilyara Sharipova, PhD student, MIT; Co-Founder, Boston Quantum, USA
  • Shantanu Jha, PhD student, MIT; Co-Founder, CEO, Boston Quantum, USA

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.


Our team’s passion for our hackathon project quickly strengthened as we leveraged our diverse academic backgrounds to solve the widely applicable UN SDGs. Moreover, it was a pleasure deep diving into the fascinating underlying technology and exploring the versatility of our solution with an incredibly talented team assembled from all corners of the world.


Team 14 – Wameed | وَميض | Flash

Focus on Climate Action

Proven quantum advantage in large-scale routing with applications in constrained resource distribution.


  • Pau Escofet Majoral, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • HARSHIT GUPTA, Netaji Subhas University of Technology, Delhi, India , India
  • Amgad Abdallah Mahmoud, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Patricia Bermudez Buenaventura, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, UAE
  • Mariah Smith-Jones, Boston University, USA
  • Batool Wa’El Alsalieby, Birzeit University, Palestine
  • Symbat Bekzhigit, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE


  • Ricky Young, COO, Qbraid, USA
  • Baker Kh. Abdalhaq, Assistant Professor, AnNajah National university, Palestine
  • Adam Alderton, PhD Student, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

It was interesting to work with a diverse team and apply our range of talents!


I’ve been genuinely impressed by the intuition and agility of my group when they’ve been faced with a time-pressured, challenging problem. It’s this style of teamwork that brings hackathon-level ideas into the real world.


Team 15 – Safety | أمان

Good Health and Well-Being

During catastrophes and emergencies, our quantum algorithm, based on QAOA, optimizes the placement of scarce resources by minimizing the time for citizens to reach them.


  • Huthayfa Mutan, Birzeit University, Germany
  • Aniruddha Sen, UMass Amherst, USA
  • Naziha Firas Tema Halbe, Ajman University, UAE
  • Mahmood Yaghi, Ajman University, UAE
  • Mennatallah Ashraf Fathy Mahmoud Elbatran, College of computing and information Technology in Arab academy for science and technology, Egypt
  • Abdul Rhman Mahmoud kakhia, Philadelphia University, Jordan
  • Salmi Mohammed Nadjib, University of Abou Bekr Belkaïd, Algeria
  • Saamia Shafqat, NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE


  • Ben Hall, Quantum Software Engineer, Infleqtion, USA
  • Lorraine Tsitsi Majiri, Quantum Developer and Researcher, Stafford Computing, Zimbabwe
  • Alexander Degner, Technical Artist (Avatars), Meta Platforms Inc., Germany
  • Lukas Burgholzer, Researcher, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria,

I was truly impressed by the hackathon! Despite only being there for two days, I had the pleasure of meeting a diverse group of people who quickly felt like family to me. It was amazing to see the cultural differences between us disappear as we formed instant connections.I’m already looking forward to the next one and hope to attend again!


“Technology is best when it brings people together.”~ Matt Mullenweg .This hackathon has demonstrated that by bringing together a diverse group of people and attempting to make the world a better place, one solution at a time! The future is bright!