1st Place – Qudra | قدرة

Focus on Environment (Climate)

Bringing quantum advantage to distributed and renewable energy grids for enhancing energy security and sustainability.

Technology:D-wave, Qbraid, Qiskit, Python, Jupyter


  • Akash Kant, Student and Developer at ASU and Ex-ServiceNow Developer, Arizona State University

  • Shantanu Jha, Quantum Computing PhD Researcher in the Will Oliver Group (EQuS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology



  • Asil Qraini, Université de Lille
  • Fouad Afiouni, American University of Beirut
  • Gargi Chandrakar, Indian Institute of Technology, Patna
  • Nurgazy Seidaliev, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Sahar Ben Rached, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Salem Al Haddad, Khalifa University
  • Sarthak Prasad Malla, New York University Abu Dhabi

Being at the hackathon exceeded all my expectations. I made new friends and connections, gained new skills not only hard skills but important decision making skills.

Asil Qraini

Participating in this year’s version of NYUAD’s hackathon has been a wonderful, memorable experience. Joining a team of diverse individuals, and building things in quantum computing makes the hackathon even more interesting. Thank you NYUAD! – Salem

2nd Place – QS Pirates | قراصنة الاستشعار الكمي

Focus on Healthcare

Quantum sensing detects viruses better than classical sensing.

Technology: Braket


  • Nouhaila Innan, PhD Student, Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco
  • Victory Omole, Software Engineer, (United States)


  • Ashith Farhan, American University of Sharjah
  • Chin-Ling Hou, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Dania Herzalla, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Jakub Nowak University of Warsaw
  • Jawaher Alshamsi, American University Of Sharjah
  • MD Sakibul Islam, Bangladesh Reference Institute for Chemical Measurements
  • Pengyu Wang, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Zayd Maradni, New York University Abu Dhabi

With quantum computing, qubits can be put in a superposition between 0 and 1. With my team, my first quantum computing hackathon experience can be put in a superposition between challenging and fun, and it can be detected without a quantum sensor

Pengyu Wang

Coming into the Hackathon as someone who has zero experience in quantum computing, I was able to learn and absorb so much new information in the past few days. I am glad this is my first exposure to the concepts and operations of quantum computing with the great mentors and teammates I felt a lot less intimidated and very much supported in my learning journey. It is such a pleasure working with these amazing people on our cool project! I was particularly fascinated by the “quantum DJ” thing that DJ Spooky mentioned during his performance. You can be an amazing DJ and a quantum computer scientist at the same time. How cool is that?

Genie Hou

2nd Place – qVerified | كيو فيريفاي

Focus on Research and Development

Even the most genius quantum algorithm can only benefit social good if it has been compiled correctly to the device where it shall be executed. We developed qVerify—an automated solution for checking whether your application has been correctly compiled using IBM Qiskit based on the open-source MQT QCEC tool.

Technology: Python, Qiskit, python Flask , React (frontend framework)


  • Abdelkhalik Aljuneidi, Software Engineer, Takalam L.T.D

  • Lukas Burgholzer, PhD Student, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria



  • Geon Tack Lee, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Iheb Nassim Aouadj, New York university Abu Dhabi
  • Omar AlRemeithi, Khalifa University
  • Shahad Fikri, Khalifa University
  • Silvey Yu, New York University Shanghai
  • Wen Rahme, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Elijah Whittle, New York University Tandon
  • Gayatri Tyagi, New York University Tandon

This hackathon connects people from all around the world where it aligns with EXPO 2020 theme: “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” We are utilizing quantum computers for one purpose: the social good. This is a wonderful experience for the students, mentors, judges, and the volunteers where each person shares their diverse culture, technical skills, and creative ideas. As a student, I built my network through this hackathon.

Omar AlRemeithi

I had a wonderful time at my very first hackathon! I’ve gotten to meet, work with, and learn from incredibly cool and talented people from all over the world. It’s been great to dive directly into a complex and new topic with so many resources and experienced individuals in the field. I can’t wait for next year’s!

Gayatri Tyagi

3rd Place – MedQure | جمجمة

Focus on Science (AI, cryptography, security, physics, biochemistry, math and CS algorithms)

Using Blind quantum computing to allow a client with limited computation ability to securely classify sensitive healthcare data on an untrusted cloud based quantum computer.

Technology: Qiskit, Braket.


  • Mohamed Yassine Ferjani, Quantum Computing Researcher, Qbee
  • Ricky Young, Founder, qBraid


  • Boudaoud Khaled Afif, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Lina Mezdour, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Mohammed Nassar, Applied Science Private University
  • Narimane Hennouni, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Nour El Hassane, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Parv Agarwal, LNM Institute Of Information Technology
  • Samyam Lamichhane, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Sima Saboh, An Najah National University

3rd Place – Team 22 | فريق 22

Focus on Logistics Optimization

Optimizing routing of mobile medical services

Technology: D-Wave, qBraid, JavaScript, Python


  • Alexander Degner, Game Designer / Senior Technical Artist, K5 Factory GmbH

  • Mohammad Aamir Sohail, Graduate Student Research Assistant, University of Michigan

  • Paweł Gora, CEO, Quantum AI Foundation


  • Chaimae Abouzahir, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Fatima Al Zahraa Maarouf, Lebanese American University
  • Hamza Boudouche, Mohammed V University in Rabat
  • Malak Mansour, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Mariam Alsafi, Khalifa University
  • Sashank Neupane, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Teague Tomesh, Princeton University
  • Tasnim Ahmed, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Tiemar Semere Berhe, Khalifa University
  • Yaphet Elias Weldegebriel, Khalifa University
  • Ziad Mohamed Abdelfattah Hassan, New York University Abu Dhabi

Audience Award – SeQured | مُحَصَّن

Focus on Healthcare

Quantum-powered random number generator to tackle the issue of cybersecurity by anonymizing medical data.

Technology: Qbraid,, Braket, Qiskit


  • George Watkins, Research Assistant, Aalto University

  • Rahma Ahmed, Fullstack Software Engineer, Mount Sinai Health Partners


  • Alaa Al Shaba, New York University in Abu Dhabi
  • Akel Hashim, University of California at Berkeley
  • Fayaz Mohamed Haneefa, Khalifa University
  • Mandy Liao, New York University in Abu Dhabi
  • Mohammed Tahri Sqalli, Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • Nadeen Nassif Mahmoud Sayed, Nile University
  • Rishabh Singh, Vidya Prasarak Mandal’s B. N. Bandodkar College of Science

Stressful but rewarding. Fantastic learning experience and an amazing chance to meet new people.

Audience Award – Salem Teslam | سلم تسلم

Focus on Community (civic innovation, transportation, etc.)

Tasleem is a mobile app that uses QC to calculate the shortest route for multiples deliveries optimizing delivery time and order.

Technology: Qiskit, Python, Flutter, and Figma


  • David Morcuende, Director de Inteligencia Artificial, AI Solutions Tech Lead en IMeureka
  • Mousa Farajallah, Assistant Professor, Head of the Computer Engineering and Security Department, Palestine Polytechnic University

  • Sama Kanbour, Sr Director, GE
  • Shoaib Mohammed, Transforming Education and Accessibility. Software Development Engineer, Amazon.


  • Abdallah Saleh, An-Najah National University
  • Bhavicka Mohta, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Nour Abdelmoneim, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Omar Aburish, Palestine Polytechnic University

  • Omar El Herraoui, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Ryan Dwyer, Stanford University
  • Yousra Farhani, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique

The ideation process has been tough but also very rewarding, and it’s been exciting to work with my team implementing quantum technology in the service of others

Ryan Dwyer

It’s amazing how little I know about Quantum Computers, yet we used them to achieve something great!

Omar AbuRish, Omar El Herraoui

Best Presentation – NurseQ | نرسكِ

Focus on Healthcare

Nurse schedule Problem using Quantum computing

Technology: D-wave



  • Priya Aswani, Senior Full Stack Developer, RoboAds

  • Ini Ekpenyong Ukut, Preventive Maintenance Engineer- Facility, Champion Breweries PLC


  • Avishek Bist, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Ali Reza, American University of Sharjah
  • Donthi Sankalpa, American University of Sharjah
  • Dorcas Attuabea Addo, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Heba Magdi Mahmoud Mohamed, Menoufia University
  • Pragati Gupta, University of Calgary
  • Samir Wael Abuisneneh, Palestine Polytechnic University
  • Sashank Silwal, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Seba Mohammad Al Mokdad, University of Sharjah

It has been an amazing journey learning about Quantum computing along with really amazing and smart people

Donthi Sankalpa

The exposure to different fields of study and research has been fulfilling and a journey to go out and make an impact- Dorcas Attuabea Addo.

Dorcas Attuabea Addo

Best Social Good Applied to the Region – qSa’id | كيو-ساعِد

Focus on Healthcare

Quantum-ML-Assisted Diagnostic & Treatment Access Platform for Autism

Technology: Qiskit, D-wave, Braket, qBraid


  • Arijit Patra, UCB Biopharma (formerly at AstraZeneca)
  • Victor Li, UC Berkeley


  • Ansah Juned Siddiqui, American University of Sharjah
  • Dariga Shokayeva,  New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Dev Kalavadiva, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Ibrahim Ahmed Bacha, Sorbonne University
  • Ngoc Nhu Hoang,  New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Ziad El Sayed,  New York University Abu Dhabi

DelphiMed | دلفي ميد

Focus on Healthcare

A quantum optimized assignment of patients to hospitals during a pandemic using the Quantum Annealing on D-Wave.

Technology: D-Wave


  • Farai Mazhandu, Graduate Student, Colorado School of Mines

  • Ken Tanaka, Medical Doctor, Internal Medicine Physician, Healthtech Entrepreneur, NYU Biology PhD Candidate, New York University Abu Dhabi


  • Cyril Karam, Saint Joseph University of Beirut
  • Edgar Palomino, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Dhurba Tripathi, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Omar Rayyan, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Qasem Al Ahmad, King Faisal University
  • Nadeen Tarek, American University of Sharjah
  • Saimon Amanuel Tsegai, Khalifa University

This has been such an exciting experience working with a diverse group of people. Everyone was very helpful and accommodating, which made the hackathon experience even more enjoyable!

Omar Rayyan

Hayat | حياة

Focus on Healthcare

An app to optimize the matching of organs with patients for organ transplant in real time.

Technology: Qiskit, Python, Figma, React-native


  • Aishwarya Sahai, Graduate at UMass Amherst | Ex-Software Engineer II at Microsoft, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Scott Oshiro, PhD Candidate, Princeton University


  • Ahmad Fraij, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Maryam Almetnawy, Ajman University
  • Mohammad Muhsen, Applied Science Private University
  • Minwu Kim, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Ouassim Hamdan, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique
  • Runyao Fan, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Swaraj Purohit, Dr. Vishwanath Karad Mit World Peace University

Qloud⟨9⟩ | ⟨كـ⟩لاود٩

Focus on Food Securities

Employing QUBO to optimize collection and redistribution of food to people in need.

Technolog: QUBO running on D-wave


  • Amir Ebrahimi, Principal Software Engineer / Graduate Student, Unity Technologies / University of Texas Austin
  • Saeed Motamed, Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft
  • Shaun Radgowski, Financial Analyst, Morgan Stanley


  • Belal Yasser Malabeh, Applied Science University
  • Hadeel Ehmouda, Birzeit University
  • Majd Maree, Birzeit University
  • Nghia Nim, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Nouran Sheta, American University of Sharjah
  • Nouf Abduljalil Alabbasi, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Phil Wee, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Soyuj Jung Basnet, New York University Abu Dhabi

The hackathon runs like a quantum computer. Cool and fast.

Nghia Nim

QC is quite cool!

Phil Wee

SpillSaver | موفر الانسكاب

Focus on Crisis & Public Safety

We are optimizing the resources used to clean up and recover oil spills using QUBO and QAOA.

Technology: Qiskit, QUBO, QAOA


  • Arnab Ghosh, Machine Learning Engineer, Snapchat

  • Stefan Hillmich, PhD Candidate, Johannes Kepler University Linz


  • Binaya Raj Paudyal, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Chunting Liu, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Cilina Itani, Lebanese International University
  • Mashrafi Mohammad Monon, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Ulviye Karya Ellibeş, Maltepe University
  • Yeseon Kim, New York University Tandon School of Engineering

Being in a multi-cultured environment with so many great minds and souls inspired me in so many levels. Learning and teaching with them everyday made a big difference in my point of view for sure. I’m really glad to be here!

Ulviye Karya Ellibeş

ResQ | إنْقاذ

Focus on Crisis & Public Safety

ResQ is a web app that optimizes human and intellectual resources allocation during crisis using quadratic unconstrained binary optimization and hybrid QAOA.

Technology: Amazon Braket, Streamlit, Flask, Mongodb, Qiskit


  • Ijassi Walid, PhD Candidate, The Grenoble Institute of Technology

  • R K Rupesh, Master’s Student, University of Hyderabad


  • Adilet Majit, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Amani Khamis, Khalifa University
  • Anush Krishna, V P.S.G College of Arts and Science
  • Garo Keuchkarian, American University of Beirut
  • Jeongin Lee New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Sodgerel Mandakhnaran, New York University Abu Dhabi

I am extremely grateful for NYUAD for the opportunity to participate in a such insightful hackathon with the nicest people! The care, hope and support that this hackathon has provided us is really appreciated and pushes us to give our best for the social good in the Arab region. Cheers to the Quantum Family that we’ve made and looking forward to coming back as a mentor some day, hopefully

Garo Keuchkarian

Attending the hackathon has been delightful. I had no prior experience or knowledge in quantum computing, and I learned a lot from my amazing team members and mentors not only about quantum computing but other relevant topics as well. Aside from the problem-solving and building aspect of the hackathon, our team had a lot of fun during the work sessions, superpositioning formality with informality and productivity with entertainment. Overall, I am really grateful that my first hackathon experience was the first Quantum Computing hackathon in this region and that it turned out to be such a success.
Sonny Mandakhnaran

Echo | الصدى

Focus on Arts, Culture, Tourism

Digitizing endangered languages through quantum computing.

Technology: PennyLane and God


  • Utkarsh Utkarsh, Quantum Algorithms Researcher, International Institute of Information Technology and Xanadu Quantum Technologies

  • Varun Arora, CEO, OpenCurriculum


  • Haneen Ayar AlArfaj, Ajman University
  • Joel D’Souza, American University of Sharjah
  • Kadem Khadidja, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique Alger
  • Raed Osama Yousef Ghazal, Applied Science Private University
  • Rhea Braithwaite, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Yashaswi Malla, New York University Abu Dhabi
  • Zeyad Gomaa, Khalifa University