Quantum Fall Fest '23

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Quantum Fall Fest 2023: Unveiling Quantum Horizons

Quantum Fall Fest 2023, organized by Quantum Society Austria, held in TU Vienna on the 11th of November, was a resounding success, bringing together over 80 enthusiastic participants, including students and professionals, to explore the latest advancements in Quantum Computing. The event was a testament to the growing interest in this cutting-edge field and served as a platform for knowledge sharing and networking.

#1. Event Highlights

The event was marked by insightful presentations from distinguished speakers who illuminated various aspects of Quantum Computing:

Somya Rathee, founder of Quantum Society Austria and organizer of this event, started with an intro to Quantum Society Austria and welcomed the guests.
David Alber from IBM shared valuable insights on delivering value with IBM’s quantum technologies. His talk highlighted IBM’s commitment to fostering an industry around quantum technology and the importance of open collaboration.
Dr Filippo Fratini from Erste Group captivated the audience with his presentation on Quantum-Powered Monte Carlo Simulations for Enhanced Financial Analysis. His talk underscored the potential of quantum computing in transforming financial analysis and risk management.
Stefan Hillmich from SCCH discussed the Quantum Ready Project, an initiative poised to revolutionize industries by preparing them for the advent of quantum computing.
Felix Günther Gemeinhardt from JKU showcased the concept of Hybrid quantum-classical optimization for the Lot-Sizing Problem4. His presentation demonstrated the potential of combining classical and quantum approaches to optimize complex problems.
Sebastian Mair from Quantum Society Austria mesmerized the audience with his talk on Quanvolutional Neural Networks using Penny Lane and Haiku-DM. His presentation highlighted the exciting intersection of quantum computing and artificial intelligence.
Zina Efchary from IBM delivered an excellent introduction to Qiskit, setting the stage for the hackathon that followed.

#2. Hackathon Highlights

The Qiskit Hackathon was a highlight of the event, with around 40 participants diving into hands-on exploration and creation. The atmosphere was electric, and the enthusiasm during the problem-solving was brilliant. It was a testament to the potential of quantum computing and the eagerness of the community to harness it.

Participants were divided into teams of 4 or 5 people and were tasked with solving two labs. The team-based approach fostered a spirit of collaboration and friendly competition. The winning team was rewarded with goodies from AQT and IBM, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event. However, every participant was a winner in their own right. Each received a certificate of participation, a testament to their hard work and dedication. This event was not just about winning prizes, but about learning, growing, and being part of the quantum computing revolution. It was a true testament to the power of community and the future of quantum computing.

#3. Acknowledgements

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors and partners: IBM, SCCH, AQT Alpine Quantum Technologies, JKU - LIT Open Innovation Center, Gradient Zero, Technische Universität Wien, and Erste Group and QMware AG. Their support was instrumental in making this event a reality.

Special thanks to Dr Vincenzo De Maio and colleagues Jalal El-Youssef and Mira Dechant from QMware AG for their invaluable assistance in coordinating the event.

#4. Social Media

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