Quantum Future Academy 2020
Winners of the QFA2020 challenge!
The representatives from Denmark and Italy for the Quantum Future Academy have been found!
Congratulations to the Danish winners Thomas Vedel Nørby from Aarhus University and Iñigo Lara from the University of Copenhagen.
And to the Italien winners Sebastiano Covone from Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II and Marco Radaelli from Università degli Studi di Milano.
And a big thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge!
Watch the winners' video submissions below. You can also find the playlist with all the submitted videos here.
Today's insights for tomorrow's experts
Denmark will send two participants to the 2020 QFA, and interested students at Danish universities can indicate their interest by applying online by 28 July 2020. (If you are not a Danish resident, find out if you can apply in your country of residence here). Ideally, you should be in the second half of your Bachelor’s study or in a Master’s program, and you should be studying natural sciences or engineering. To get the most out of the Academy, you need basic knowledge of quantum mechanics. Note that applicants outside of this suggested range can submit applications, but they should provide information in the application that motivates their selection. All applicants need a basic understanding of quantum mechanics.
Eligible applicants will then be invited to explore a quantum challenge. For this challenge, applicants will use world-class quantum visualization and simulation tools (Quantum Composer, SpinDrops, or IBM’s Qiskit) to explore a quantum scenario relevant to quantum research and technology development. This can either be your own Bachelor’s or Master’s project, or you can explore one of our predefined challenges. By spending a day or two exploring the wonders of quantum mechanics, you can win a fully-paid trip to Berlin!
Quantum Future Academy 2020
As quantum technologies move out of research labs and into the real world, the challenges of engineering, development, and commercialization of these technologies become increasingly relevant. Those with ideas for such quantum commercial development must also keep in mind business models and markets for these technologies. The 2020 Quantum Future Academy (QFA) will foster this development by providing an overview of the current state-of-play regarding quantum technological research and development.
The Quantum Future Academy was going to take place on 1-7 November in Berlin. But due to the development of COVID-19 in Europe, the organizers of the QFA 2020 have decided to postpone the Academy until the year 2021.
What is the QFA?
During the week of the Quantum Future Academy 2020, participants will visit world-leading companies and research institutes and hear talks and lectures by experts and entrepreneurs in the field. This will be coupled with interactive workshops, networking, and discussions with these experts, entrepreneurs, as well as political representatives. Finally, there will be a robust social program with evening events and excursions.
Transport to and from Berlin and Academy fees will be fully paid.
The application process
ScienceAtHome coordinated the Danish and Italian selection process for the Quantum Future Academy 2020. All participants had to complete a quantum challenge using world-class quantum visualization and simulation tools (Quantum Composer, SpinDrops, or IBM’s Qiskit) to explore a quantum scenario relevant to quantum research and technology development.
What to do for the challenge?
We sent out the specifics of the challenge to the eligible applicants on 1 August 2020, and the participants submitted a short video and report demonstrating their results by 1 September 2020. The applicants with the two best submissions were selected to attend the 2020 QFA in Berlin!
The selection committee of representatives from participating Danish universities:
Ulrich Busk Hoff (DTU): firstname.lastname@example.org
Anders Sørensen (NBI/KU): email@example.com
Sebastian Hofferberth (SDU): firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacob Sherson (AU): email@example.com
Carrie Weidner (AU): firstname.lastname@example.org
The successful participants has been notified.
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The organizers are keeping a close eye on the current COVID-19 pandemic and related travel and social distancing regulations. Due to the current development of COVID-19 in Europe, the organizers behind the QFA 2020 have decided to postpone the on-site Academy week until the year 2021.