Find the QNG Challenge 2023 info flyer here.

We’re looking for the next generation of innovators to help Army tackle significant problems using Quantum technology.

Quantum Next Generation (QNG) is a series of technology challenges that the Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation & Coordination Office has created to grow Australia’s quantum industry and get fresh people and ideas into the sector.

The 2023 Minesweeper Challenge is now open!

Get a team together and gain hands-on experience in building and pitching innovative quantum solutions. The challenge is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, early career researchers (within 6 years of higher degree award) associated with Australian institutions, current Defence personnel, and APS members.

The Challenge

Land mines are a significant military and humanitarian problem. In this year’s challenge, teams will demonstrate how quantum magnetometers, attached to drones, can provide a solution to detecting and locating mines across large areas. The solutions pitched by teams will help Army assess the advantages offered by quantum magnetometers and will frame future opportunities to develop the technology.

Why get involved?

QNG is a unique opportunity for teams to work with experts at the leading edge of quantum technology while building networks, developing skills and building their own profiles.

The top six teams will have the chance to pitch their solution at PitchFest, showcasing their ideas to colleagues. The 2023 winning team at PitchFest will receive:

  • A special invitation and admission to the Army Quantum Technology Challenge 2024 (QTC24) – subject to security and admission policies.
  • An invitation to submit a proposal for up to $50,000 (or equivalent value of support for teams of Defence members) to further develop and exhibit their solution at Army QTC24.

The details are:

  • 1 September – 13 October: Team nominations open.
  • 16 October – 24 November: The 2023 Minesweeper Challenge.
  • 1 December: Results published and shortlisted, teams announced for PitchFest.
  • 4 – 8 December: PitchFest and winner announced.

Think you’ve got what it takes?

Teams will require an intermediate knowledge of programming and data analysis. In addition:

  • Teams must consist of 2 – 4 players.
  • Players must be current Defence personnel or APS members, undergraduate student, postgraduate student, or early career researcher enrolled at an Australian institution (you will be required to nominate with your institution’s email address).
  • Applications will be reviewed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
  • You’ll find best success with a team with a broad set of skills across Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, and Computer and Data Science.

Find out more and nominate your team by visiting the website.