Quantum for Real-World Impact



Frequently Asked Questions

  • XPRIZE Quantum Applications Registration opens March 4, 2024. The initial registration period will close June 30, 2024. However, there will be opportunities for new teams to join after the registration period. Wild card rounds will open ahead of judging in Phase I and II to allow new teams with groundbreaking ideas to enter the competition. Dates and procedures for wild card entrants will be communicated ahead of time in the Rules & Regulations for each competition phase.

  • Teams can register through the XPRIZE Prize Operations Platform (POP), the central platform for competing teams during the life cycle of the prize. POP is a virtual system that allows competing teams to interact with each other and with the XPRIZE Prize Operations team.

    POP is mostly used for completing prize activities, such as submitting documents for registration and testing, and finding team members.

    Registration process:

    • All prospective teams are required to create a free account profile on POP which enables access to the site. Click the “Login” button at the top right and create an account. After creating an account, navigate to the competitions page and click “Create a Team” on the XPRIZE Quantum Applications panel.
    • Once you complete the form, you have formed a team! You may invite other team members to join your team through the “Manage Team” tab. All team members must also create a POP account.
      • Important Note: creating a Team profile is not the final step to registration. Registration is only complete once a team pays the registration fee, signs the competitor agreement and fulfills all required activities.
    • Visit the Activities page to complete the first prize activity, which will automatically be assigned. Thoroughly review the Competition Guidelines, which include information about team registration, fees, and other required activities, competition timeline and milestones, and more key competition information.
    • Contact [email protected] with questions. We're here to help.

  • Anyone, anywhere, can form a team. Competing teams often include startups, university groups, companies of all sizes, high school students, families, and even individuals. Teams can come from any background, including, but certainly not limited to, quantum computing, quantum algorithm design, scientific and/or technical disciplines like chemistry, material science, environmental engineering, system design and engineering, and more. We believe great ideas can come from anyone!

    We always encourage teams to get in touch with one another through the XPRIZE Prize Operations Platform (POP) and share resources and talent where applicable and beneficial.

  • We welcome partners throughout all phases of the competition, and in all capacities. Whether you want to help recruit teams, support team success, secure an XPRIZE speaker or expert for your event, help scale winning solutions or assist with testing operations.

    Contact [email protected] to get involved, and follow the competition by subscribing to the XPRIZE Deep Tech + Quantum Domain newsletter at xprize.org/get-involved.

  • Teams will retain ownership of the intellectual property on any technology or data integration techniques and processes they bring to the competition and develop as part of their competition entry. All details relating to team technology, innovations, or methods submitted to XPRIZE at the submission deadlines will remain strictly confidential unless clearly and specifically noted. Please note that as of the date of submission, each team must own, or hold appropriate license rights to, all technologies, methods, resources, and intellectual property included in the team’s submission. Please refer to the Competitor Agreement for more details.

  • If you’d like to get involved with the competition, or if you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].