The Quantum Open Source Foundation (QOSF) and the Unitary Fund have established a $4000 Wittek Quantum Prize for an individual who has made a substantial impact on the quantum open source ecosystem. The individual may not have previously received a great deal of recognition but should receive this prize due to their enthusiastic and diligent support for open quantum software.

The prize has been named in memorium after Peter Wittek, a Professor at the University of Toronto, the Academic Director of the Quantum Machine Learning Program in the Creative Destruction Lab, and a founder of the QOSF.  Dr. Wittek disappeared in September 2019 during an avalanche on Mount Trishul in the Himalayas.

To learn more the prize or to nominate an individual (or even nominate yourself) you can visit the home page for the prize here. Nominations will remain open until November 30, 2020 and the winner will be selected by the Unitary Fund’s advisory board. QOSF and the Unitary Fund expect to announce the winner early in 2021 and also intend on awarding this prize on a yearly basis.

Additional information about Peter Wittek, quantum open source software, and the prize can be found in a Medium article posted here.

October 7, 2020