Quantum.Tech Digital is a “first of its kind” virtual event bringing together industry, research institutions, government agencies, and investors whose primary goal is to drive forward the commercialisation of Quantum technologies.

Quantum Thursday, October 29th, 2020
Hosted by: IBM

Join us as we take you through a Quantum journey, from software development, to customer adoption, and finally, through specific applications in chemistry and optimization.

Session 1 – Opening Webinar: Frictionless quantum software development 
2pm CET / 1pm GMT / 9am EST 
When you program a traditional computer you don’t have to deal with transistors, logic gates, machine code, and so on. So, why do we force developers to only interact with quantum computers at these basic levels? To lower barriers to entry for a broader community we need to develop higher-level interfaces that enable easier experimentation in the applications domain. In this session, IBM’s Blake Johnson, tech lead for quantum control systems, will discuss advances in Qiskit and the IBM Quantum execution stack that begins to deliver on a frictionless development experience.

Speaker: Blake Johnson is the Tech Lead for quantum control systems at IBM.
His team is responsible for the hardware and software components involved in execution of a quantum program, including converting the program into the signals that actuate operations on quantum processors. Blake has previously worked across many elements of the quantum computing stack, including research into characterization protocols, quantum programming languages, device design, and system architecture. Prior to joining IBM, Blake served as Chief Quantum Engineer at Rigetti Computing and Senior Scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies. Blake earned his PhD in physics from Yale University under advisor Rob Schoelkopf, where he helped develop superconducting transmon qubits and apply them to novel quantum optics tasks, including invention of an absorptionless single-photon detector.
Session 2 – Panel discussion: Progress in quantum software development across industry and academia
2:50pm CET / 1:50pm GMT / 9:50am EST 
 During this panel discussion quantum computing leaders from industry and academia will share perspectives on the current and future state of quantum software development and applications.

Moderator: Sebastian Hassinger, Team Leader, Research and Ecosystem Partnerships. Sebastian leads the research and ecosystem partner team for IBM Quantum. He has been building early stage technologies and markets since the mid-90s when he created the first customer support website for Apple, Inc. He joined IBM in 1997 providing product and market strategy leadership for Tivoli and then the mobile computing incubation team until 2005. He has worked at Oracle and a number of startups before rejoining IBM in 2016. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and London Business School.

Goldman Sachs - Will Zeng
Zapata - Yudong Cao
Harvard/Aliro Quantum - Pri Narang
Session 3 - Quick Fire Demos: Integrating quantum into application workflows
3:55pm CET / 2:55pm GMT / 10:55am EST 
Follow along with developers of Qiskit application modules as they give a brief overview of how to seamlessly integrate quantum into chemistry simulation and optimization workflows.

Demo 1
Abstraction Without Trivialization – Developments in Qiskit Application Modules – Chemistry

Speaker: Dr. Panagiotis Barkoutsos is a research staff member at IBM Research – Zurich working on foundations of quantum computing and the theoretical aspects of quantum computation/simulation. The main interest lies in simulations of quantum chemistry and combinatorial optimization in near term quantum computers. Panagiotis holds a PhD from ETH Zurich, group of Prof. M. Troyer,Department of Theoretical Physics, in the field of quantum computing and applications of near term quantum computers for quantum chemistry. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from NTUA and a Master’s degree in Process Engineering from ETH Zurich. He is currently working in the interface of quantum computing with industrial applications and the development of open source software for near term quantum computers.

Demo 2
Abstraction Without Trivialization – Developments in Qiskit Application Modules – Gradients

Speaker: Christa Zoufal is a Ph.D. candidate working in the Quantum Technology group of the Science & Technology department at IBM Research-Zurich. She received a B.Sc. as well as an M.Sc. degree in physics from ETH Zurich. During her studies, she focused on quantum information theory and computational methods. Her master thesis on "The quantum SWITCH and its causal simulations" focused on an indefinite causal quantum structure which leads to advantages in several information processing tasks. As part of the Quantum Finance & Optimization group her current research focuses on the exploitation of quantum information processing within the context of machine learning and optimization problems.
Panagiotis Barkoutsos

Panagiotis Barkoutsos

Research Staff Member

IBM Research – Zurich

Yudong Cao

Yudong Cao


Zapata Computing

Sebastian Hassinger

Sebastian Hassinger

Team Leader, Research and Ecosystem Partnerships

IBM Quantum

Blake Johnson

Blake Johnson

Tech Lead for quantum control systems


Prineha Narang

Prineha Narang

Assistant Professor

Harvard University

Will Zeng

Will Zeng

Head of Quantum Research

Goldman Sachs

Christa Zoufal

Christa Zoufal

Ph.D. candidate working in the Quantum Technology group of the Science & Technology department

IBM Research-Zurich

Thursday 30 July 2020 - Novel Applications for Quantum Computing
During this Quantum Thursday, we will explore interesting ways enterprises are applying Quantum computing. Practical use cases will be demonstrated, as well as an exploration of the appropriate software stack for accessing Quantum computing. Catch up on-demand here.

Thursday 27 August 2020 - Cryptography & Secure Communications
We will be investigating the landscape of Quantum Key Distribution, Post-Quantum Cryptography, and Random Number Generation. Why should you be considering these technologies while Quantum computing is still several years away, and how can these technologies be practically applied to enterprises? Catch up on-demand here.

Thursday 24 September 2020 - Quantum Computing Industry Applications in
Pharma & Banking
The Pharmaceutical & Financial Services sectors are usually first movers when it comes to new technology adoption and innovation. They are big investors in technology “know how”, and the competitive advantage that can be accrued from a technology-enabled breakthrough can be significant. Hear how these companies are adopting and experimenting with Quantum computing. Catch up on-demand here.

Thursday 29 October 2020 - Quantum Computing Software Development
Hosted by: IBM
Join IBM as they take you through a Quantum journey, from software development, to customer adoption, and finally, through specific applications in chemistry and optimization.

Thursday 26 November 2020 - The Future of Quantum Algorithms

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How do I join the online conference?

Register above using the form and your login will be emailed to you a week before the event. Your session access links and final agenda will be emailed to you one week prior to the conference.  

How much does it cost to attend?

Quantum Thursdays are completely free to attend.

Where is it located?

This is an online conference, which means that it can be accessed anywhere in the world through a desktop, laptop, mobile device or tablet.  Audio and presentation viewing is accessed through an internet connection.

Can I access the slides post-event?

All presentations will be available after each Quantum Thursday via the on-demand recording link.   

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Moira Robertson, Sales Director, Quantum.Tech Digital