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Army Quantum Next Generation Minesweeper Challenge 2023

Event date
16 October 2023, 8:00am - 24 November 2023, 8:00pm

We’re looking for the next generation of quantum thinkers to help tackle some of Army’s biggest problems

Quantum Next Generation (QNG) is a series of technology challenges that Army has created to help develop the next generation of quantum thinkers who will drive the growth of Australia’s quantum industry. The challenge is open to:

  • undergraduate and postgraduate students and early career researchers (within 6 years of higher degree award), associated with Australian institutions
  • current Defence personnel or APS members.


Minesweeper Challenge 2023

Get a team together and gain hands-on experience in building and pitching innovative quantum solutions.

2023 Challenge: Land mines over large areas are a significant military and humanitarian problem. Demonstrate how quantum magnetometers, attached to drones, can provide a solution.

The solutions pitched by teams will help Army conduct an initial assessment of the advantages offered by quantum magnetometers attached to drones and will frame future opportunities to develop the technology.


Why get involved?

Challenge teams will have the opportunity to meet like-minded quantum thinkers, build networks and develop skills. 

The top six teams will also have the chance to pitch their solution at PitchFest and make new connections in the quantum world.

The 2023 winning team at Pitchfest will receive:

  • a special invitation and admission to Army Quantum Technology Challenge 2024 (QTC24) (subject to security and admission policies)
  • an invitation to submit a proposal to further develop and exhibit their solution at Army QTC24 up to $50,000.


The details

1 September–13 October 
Team nominations open
16 October
Teams registered and provided with login details
16 October–24 November
The Minesweeper Challenge 2023
1 December
Results published and shortlisted teams announced for PitchFest
4–8 December
PitchFest and winner announced


Think you have 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 (will be required to nominate with your institutions email address)
  • the first 50 teams will be selected to participate
  • you’ll find best success with a team with a broad set of skills across Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, and Computer and Data Science.


Register your Team ›