Qiskit Camp Africa

Bringing together the Qiskit community

Dates December 11-14, 2019

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What is Qiskit Camp?

Qiskit Camps are an immersive experience that consists of training sessions, deep technical talks, and a hackathon alongside the Qiskit core development team. At Qiskit Camp, attendees can collaborate with both quantum researchers and computer scientists to connect with the larger global quantum community.

2019 Qiskit Camp Africa will be hosted near Johannesberg, South Africa from 11-14 December. Invitations will be distributed prior to the event.

Attendees that are new to Qiskit, or simply want to increase their proficiency in quantum computing should attend the week-long Quantum Computing Summer School at Wits University from December 2-11 immediately preceding Qiskit Camp.


Qiskit Camp Africa will take place at the Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge (https://www.legacyhotels.co.za/hotels/kwa-maritane-bush-lodge). The Kwa Maritane is located in the Pilanesberg National Park on the slopes of a 2-billion-year-old volcano, and is a wildlife refuge.


December 11

  • 10:00 - 12:30 Registration & Optional Johannesburg Lab Activities
  • 12:30 Shuttles Depart
  • 16:00 Arrival & Check In at Kwa Maritane Venue
  • 18:00 Welcome Reception & Dinner

December 12

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Team Formation
  • 10:00 Hackathon Begins

December 13

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Hackathon Continues
  • 15:00 Project Presentations
  • 18:00 Award Ceremony
  • 19:00 Celebration Dinner

December 14

  • 10:00 Shuttle # 1 Departure from Kwa Maritane Venue
  • 15:00 Shuttle # 2 Departure from Kwa Maritane

(People are welcome to extend the trip at their own expense)

Prizes and Judging

There are 3 ways to win this hackathon!

1st & 2nd Prize - Decided by a panel of 3 judges, 1st and 2nd prize winners will be evaluated on 1) Originality and Uniqueness; 2) Live Pitch Presentation; 3) Usefulness; and 4) Technical complexity. 1st place winners will receive a paid trip to the annual flagship Qiskit Camp event near Yorktown Heights, NY.

Community Choice - The community choice award will be given based on the highest scoring team voted on by the community.

Code of Conduct

IBM Q is dedicated to providing an enjoyable and safe experience for all participants. In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, all participants, including attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, online contributors, and IBM employees are expected to show respect for each other and our community by creating a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation. Expected behavior applies to both online and offline engagement with the IBM Q Community.

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language.
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences.
  • Focusing on what is best for the community.
  • Showing empathy towards other community members.
  • Being mindful of your surroundings and your fellow participants and listening to others.
  • Valuing the contributions of Qiskit Camp participants.
  • Engaging in collaboration before conflict

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances, including inappropriate physical contact
  • Personal or political attacks.
  • Any demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior or speech.
  • Offensive or degrading language.
  • Publishing others' private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission.
  • Destruction or vandalism of personal property or event site or materials.
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting.

Harassment will not be tolerated in any form. Participants in the IBM Q Community should conduct themselves with respect and courtesy.

Pre-Event Concerns

If you are planning to attend an upcoming event and you have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please contact [email protected]. Action will be taken to ensure the safety of you and others at the event.

Reporting an Incident

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior should be reported immediately by contacting [email protected] or by speaking directly with any IBM employee. IBM Q will review and investigate all complaints and will respond in a way that it deems appropriate to the circumstances. The organizers will maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident.

Incident Response

If a participant engages in negative or harmful behavior, the IBM Q may take any action they deem appropriate, including but not limited to issuing warnings, expulsion from an event with no refund, permanent banning from future events or online community, or calling local law enforcement. IBM Q has the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to temporarily or permanently ban any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.

IBM staff will provide support to victims, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing an escort
  • Contacting venue security or local law enforcement
  • Briefing event staff for response and victim assistance