We welcome you to participate in our global quantum jam “QJam2021” held online from Friday, Nov 26 to Sunday, Dec 5. We thank Unitary Fund and Faculty of Computing (University of Latvia) for their support.

QJam2021 is open to students, quantum enthusiasts, researchers, educators, teachers, artists, writers, designers, animators, software developers, game developers, programmers, and others.

To inspire the participants, we will host several QJam Talks on Nov 23-25, and we will make a GitLab repo ready with several project ideas.

We use Discord as our base server for communications and Gitlab for project management. We use zoom meetings for online talks.

Participating in QJam2021 is free, but registration (see below) is mandatory.

Contact: qjam2021 [at] qworld.net

QJam Talks

The default time zone is UTC.

Tuesday, Nov 23
16:00 – 17:00: Marcel Pfaffhauser

Wednesday, Nov 24
15:00 – 16:00: Ryuji Takagi
16:00 – 16:50: Eduardo Miranda
16:50 – 17:20: Réka Deák & Aurél Gábris
17:20 – 17:40: Adam Fattal

Thursday, Nov 25
17:00 – 18:00: Nicole Yunger Halpern
18:00 – 18:30: Xavier Coiteux-Roy

The detailed program: https://gitlab.com/qworld/qjam/2021/-/blob/main/QJamTalks.md

QJam Schedule

The default time zone is UTC.

  • Fri (Nov 26), 17:00: The opening meeting of QJam2021
  • Sat-Sun (Nov 27-28): Project idea discussions, team formation, and recruitment
  • Mon (Nov 29): QJamming session | Several time slots will be set
  • Mon-Sat (Nov 29-Dec4): Working on projects | Our mentors will visit each group regularly
  • Sun (Dec 5), 10:00: Deadline for project submission & presentation
  • Sun (Dec 5), 15:00: Deadline for project evaluation
  • Sun (Dec 5), 16:00: Overview of QJam, completed projects, and closing remarks.

Outcomes, evaluation, and awards

We expect each group to create a presentable outcome from their ideas. Outcomes can be in many different forms such as a quantum game, an animation, comics, a short movie, a web application, a smartphone application, a new library, new functionality to jupyter notebooks, a tool for quizzing.

In the end, only the projects with presentable outcomes will be eligible for evaluation, and the members of such projects will get certificates. Both the participants (50%) and the jury (50%) will rate the projects. There will be no competition among the projects. Instead, the members of projects with high scores (out of 10) will get special certificates:

  • Certificate of “Excellence” for the projects with scores nine or higher
  • Certificate of “Distinction” for the projects with scores between eight and nine
  • Certificate of “Merit” for the projects with scores between seven and eight

Evaluation criteria (tentative):

  • Motivation (15%)
  • Originality (15%)
  • Success of implementation (20%)
  • Outcome (30%)
  • Presentation (20%)

We invite the members of each successful project to continue their work under QWorld until the end of Spring 2022.

  • There will be regular (e.g., every two weeks) meetings with project members.
  • Each group will have opportunities to interact with QWorld’s members and volunteers. Depending on the availability, we may assign a knowledgeable mentor to your project.
  • We plan to have a spring QCourse on research and implementation projects. We may invite suitable projects to this course.
  • We help each group to prepare a manuscript or technical report to publish.
  • We invite suitable work to be presented at QWorld Quantum Science Days 2022.
  • QWorld may integrate some projects into its program based on mutual agreement.

Categories (keywords)

There are no strict categories. The list here is for giving some ideas to participants. You may see them as keywords.
Naturally, a project can have several (cross) categories.

We collect the categories (keywords) under three titles: Education, Software, and Ecosystem.


  • Quantum Education
  • QJunior (with a focus on high school students)
  • Quantum Games
  • QArts such as QComics, QFiction, QAnimation, QShorts


  • Quantum programming
  • Quantum software
  • Quantum applications
  • Quantum libraries


  • Outreach
  • QEDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Quantum)
  • (Using) free-access quantum hardware
  • (Helping the growth of) open quantum ecosystem


The project details and outcomes developed during QJam2021 should be publicly available, and they should have open-source licenses such as Apache License or MIT license or CC-BY-4.0 or Educational Community License.

After QJam2021, the licensing of the new features or developments are up to the project team.

Contact us if you think the nature of your project needs some other types of licensing. We may consider exceptions after evaluating the request within our team.


Application are closed!

The deadline for the applications is Thursday, Nov 25, 2021.

The applications are open to anyone not younger than 14 years old.
A minor (younger than 18 years old) should fill its application together with her/his/their legal guardian:

We invite the participants to our Discord server starting from Nov 20, 2021.

Our Team

Contact: qjam2021 [at] qworld.net

QJam Talks
Jibran Rashid (Lead)
Claudia Zendejas-Morales

Vishal Bajpe (Lead)
Yasir Ölmez

Claudia Zendejas-Morales (Lead)
Engin Baç
Vishal Bajpe
Kareem El Safty
Adam Glos
Kenneth Isamade
Lorraine Majiri
Ozlem Salehi

Shantanu Misra (Lead)
Engin Baç

Agnieszka Wolska

Program & Coordination
Abuzer Yakaryilmaz (Lead)
Vishal Bajpe
Jibran Rashid
Claudia Zendejas-Morales

Yakaryılmaz is partially supported by ERDF project Nr. “Quantum computers with constant memory”.

Code of Conduct

Our event is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, Discord, Gitlab, virtual parties, Twitter and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event.

We respect the minors (children under age 18) and we must make every effort to protect their rights. All private relationships, private communications (including social media channels), or sexual contacts with minors are prohibited.

Except the filing the application form and similar formal procedures, the contact info of any attendee or participant cannot be requested by any person from organizer side (i.e., mentor, educator, speaker, organizer, sponsor, or volunteer). On the other hand, any person from organizer side may share his or her contact info with a participant who is not a minor, upon request by the participant.

A minor can access the emails of the main organizers on the event’s website. If a minor is interested in working with a person from organizer side for scientific or pedagogical purposes, then he or she should read this document before contacting this person:

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the organizers immediately. For any concern regarding the organizers, please contact the members of the Ethics Committee of QWorld.
Check the above link for more details.