Global Connectivity Takes Center Stage: TRA, ICANN, and QIA’s 2024 Hackathon

By Published On: February 22, 2024

The digital transformation landscape is constantly evolving, and global connectivity is at the forefront of this change. In 2024, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA) have joined forces to host a groundbreaking hackathon that promises to reshape the way we think about connectivity. This event brings together brilliant minds from around the world to collaborate on innovative solutions for a more interconnected future.

The 2024 Hackathon

is a unique event that combines the expertise of TRA, ICANN, and QIA to tackle the challenges of global connectivity. The TRA, a leading regulatory authority in the field of telecommunications, is dedicated to fostering innovation and promoting a competitive environment in the sector. ICANN, on the other hand, is responsible for coordinating the global domain name system, ensuring a stable and secure internet. Finally, the QIA is a consortium of leading research institutions and companies working on the development of a quantum internet.

This year’s hackathon

features a diverse set of challenges that will push the boundaries of what’s possible in global connectivity. Participants will work on secure quantum digital payments, blind quantum computing, extending quantum key distribution (QKD) implementation, and quantum leader election. These challenges will not only help to advance the field of quantum technology but also contribute to a more secure and efficient digital infrastructure.

The hackathon has attracted

over 60 participants from various backgrounds, including students, researchers, and quantum enthusiasts from both the private and academic sectors. The event is taking place simultaneously in Delft, Dresden, Paris, and Poznań, with each location hosting its own node. This collaborative environment encourages the exchange of ideas and fosters a sense of global community among the participants.

The QIA’s Use Case Team

has prepared a series of challenges that will test the skills and creativity of the participants. The team is led by Wojciech Kozlowski, who opened the event with an inspiring speech on the potential of the hackathon to revolutionize global connectivity. The Use Case Team is also supported by Teodor Stromberg from SURF, who welcomed the participants and explained the mechanics of the two-day event.

As the hackathon progresses

participants are sharing their experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #TRAICANNQIA2024. The Quantum Internet Alliance has been posting updates and photos from the event, showcasing the dedication and enthusiasm of the attendees.

The results

of the hackathon are eagerly anticipated, as they have the potential to significantly impact the digital transformation landscape. The collaboration between TRA, ICANN, and QIA demonstrates the importance of cross-sector partnerships in driving innovation and progress in global connectivity. As we look forward to the outcomes of this groundbreaking event, it is clear that the future of the internet and global connectivity is in good hands.