IBM Quantum Experience Announces a Global Quantum Challenge

IBM is holding a Quantum Challenge this May.

In honor of the fourth anniversary of the IBM Quantum Experience, IBM’s quantum team is inviting people to take part in the IBM Quantum Challenge, by completing four exercises, according to a company announcement.

The IBM Quantum Challenge begins at 9:00 a.m. US Eastern on May 4, and ends 8:59:59 a.m. US Eastern on May 8. To take the challenge, visit

“Whether you are already a member of the community, or this challenge is your first quantum experiment, these four exercises will improve your understanding of quantum circuits. We hope you also have fun as you put your skills to test.”

According to the announcement, on May 4, 2016, IBM introduced the first quantum computer that could be programmed over the cloud, using IBM Quantum Experience. The company’s object was to help everyone experience a quantum computer, even individuals without access to an academic research lab.

Today, IBM has 18 quantum systems and counting available to our clients and community. Over 200,000 users, including more than 100 IBM Q Network client partners, have joined us to conduct fundamental research on quantum information science, develop the applications of quantum computing in various industries, and educate the future quantum workforce. Additionally, 175 billion quantum circuits have been executed using our hardware, resulting in more than 200 publications by researchers around the world.

In addition to developing quantum hardware, the company has also been driving the development of powerful open source quantum software. Qiskit, written primarily in Python, has grown to be a popular quantum computing software development kit with several novel features, many of which were contributed by dedicated Qiskitters.

The company offers the following resources to support learning about quantum circuits:

  • Read the Qiskit textbook chapter where we define quantum circuits as we understand them today. Dive in to explore quantum computing principles and learn how to implement quantum algorithms on your own.
  • Watch our newly launched live lectures called “Circuit Sessions,” or get started programming a quantum computer by watching “Coding with Qiskit.” Subscribe to the Qiskit YouTube channel to watch these two series and more.