A competition — with prizes of up to $1000 on offer — encouraging the use of quantum software across three areas: education, software development, and research.

The three awards

Education award

For the best exposition or demonstration of quantum computation using Strawberry Fields or PennyLane

Prizes

First place prize of CAD$1000, and a second place prize of CAD$500. Top submissions will be included in the Strawberry Fields gallery.

Submission materials

Be as creative as you like! Your educational submission could be in any form you feel best demonstrates and highlights an interesting phenomena in quantum computation; this includes posters, Jupyter notebooks, a childrens book, a video, or even an animation!

Deadline

Submissions close 30th August 2019. Please see the terms and conditions for more details.


Prizes

First place prize of CAD$1000, and a second place prize of CAD$500. Finalists will be profiled on Xanadu's social media and blog.

Submission materials

Ideas include extending Strawberry Fields or PennyLane to support new features, writing plugins that allow them to interface with additional libraries and frameworks, or even writing your own software library that leverages Strawberry Fields and PennyLane.
For submission, all you need to provide is the link to your public GitHub repo, and the README describing your submission.

Deadline

Submissions close 30th August 2019. Please see the terms and conditions for more details.

Software award

For the best modification, extension, or contribution to the Strawberry Fields or PennyLane codebases


Research award

For the best scientific paper that actively utilizes Strawberry Fields or PennyLane to achieve the presented results

Prizes

First place prize of CAD$1000, and a second place prize of CAD$500. Finalists will be profiled on Xanadu's social media and blog.

Submission materials

Working on a research project that could use Strawberry Fields for numerical simulations? Or perhaps you have a cool application of PennyLane's automatic differentiation on near-term quantum hardware. Submit a link to your publicly listed preprint or published paper, and provide the code used to generate any numerical results.

Deadline

Submissions close 30th August 2019. Please see the terms and conditions for more details.

Submit your entries

Entries close 30th August 2019

Tell me more.

We're entering an exciting time in quantum physics and quantum computation: near-term quantum devices are rapidly becoming a reality, accessible to everyone over the internet. This, in turn, is driving the development of quantum software — we need a way to program and simulate these quantum devices!

Enter Strawberry Fields and PennyLane.

A Python library for designing, simulating, and optimizing photonic quantum circuits, its corresponding ecosystem, and advancing the field of continuous-variable quantum computation.

GitHub Docs

A cross-platform Python library for quantum machine learning, automatic differentiation, and optimization of hybrid quantum-classical computations.

GitHub Docs

With our quantum software offerings, our aim is to bring together a community focused on quantum computation, quantum optics, and quantum machine learning, and provide a leading resource hub for photonic quantum computing education and research.

Research focused

Xanadu is not just a software company; we also perform high-impact research and build quantum hardware. Our software gets used internally across the company — check out some of the papers released using our open-source software tools.

Everything documented

Code documentation is important; it encourages everyone to dive straight in and begin tinkering with the code. We have the highest standard for documentation — our aim is to make everything accessible, from code to theory.

Open source

The physics community is embracing open-source software, bringing transparency and reproducibility to physics research. All of our software is open-source, and we are excited to be along for the ride.

Community driven

When we release software, we have the community in mind. Development takes place publicly on GitHub, and members of our team are available to chat on our Strawberry Fields Slack and PennyLane forum.