“Quantum for everyone” – The online course to learn a practical approach to quantum technologies for you and your business
(Originally published on 04 January, 2021)
Quantum technologies are not only for physicists. “Quantum for Everyone”, a new online course designed by QURECA‘s experts for non-specialists, will help you understand quantum technologies and spot opportunities to apply quantum technologies to problems in your own organization. If you are a non-technical business professional, “Quantum for Everyone” will help you understand how to build a sustainable quantum strategy. If you are a quantum software developer or a quantum engineer, this is the course to ask your manager, VP or CEO to take if you want them to understand what you can – and cannot ! – do.
An online course for non-technical business professionals – Why ?
The quantum theory, which governs physics on the atomic scale, is not exactly new. Built on top of the discoveries of pioneering physicists, lasers and transistors are well known examples of quantum technologies from the last century. These innovations were major breakthroughs as they gave birth to the semiconductors and to the telecommunications industries.
“A second quantum revolution with far reaching applications is unfolding.”
More than half a century later, a second quantum revolution with far reaching applications is unfolding. Thanks to substantial progress in both engineering and physics, we now have the ability to manipulate quantum systems (electrons, photons, atoms, etc) at the individual level. We can for instance put them in a superposition of states – so zero AND one instead of just zero OR one; we can make them interfere with each other; or we can even make them behaving as a single entity – this last property is called entanglement. This second quantum revolution opens the doors to a new wave of disruptive technologies that fully exploit the weirdness of quantum mechanics.
More precisely, quantum computers will exploit these properties to solve some domain specific problems substantially faster than classical computers. Quantum communication networks will offer a new paradigm to protect users’ data in a much more secured way than current asymmetric crypto means. Finally, quantum sensors will allow improved measurement capabilities in various fields.
All these technologies look fascinating, but also maybe a bit complicated to apprehend, don’t they ? You might assume a PhD in physics or computer science is mandatory to gain knowledge in this domain. We at QURECA are convinced this is not true and took this negative mindset as a challenge. Our answer to that was to build “Quantum for everyone”, a course with not a single equation that will teach you how to navigate the rise of quantum technologies.
Whether you want to know what’s behind the aforementioned buzzwords, or whether you want to use quantum technologies either for personal or business interests, this course will provide you the answers you need. And if you want to understand how quantum technologies are affecting society, and how you can navigate that, you will also learn that from this course.
About the course content
In the first lesson, we will start by cutting through the hype and giving you a realistic overview of what quantum computing really is. Is quantum computing as a service already a reality ? What makes quantum processing units so powerful ? What can we do – but also not do – with them ? What is state of the art hardware and software solutions ? Is there a sustainable roadmap for this technology ? All these questions will be addressed throughout this lesson.
Also, you have probably read news articles about how much value quantum computing will create. Even though quantum computing is still in its infancy, a lot of the value to be created in the future lies outside the high tech industry. Quantum computing will impact sectors such as chemistry, pharma, finance, energy, automotive, and materials science. It is hard to think of a sector where quantum computing will not have a huge impact in the future. For this reason, the second lesson focuses on potential applications of quantum computing across industries.
Later in this course, you will also learn how quantum computing is already threatening data integrity and privacy. Luckily, quantum-safe security solutions already exist. In lesson 3, we will introduce quantum-resistant algorithms and quantum cryptography, two fundamentally different ways of securing cyber-physical systems against future quantum computers. You will also learn about how to perform a quantum-risk assessment to evaluate the threat in your business and to make your company “quantum-resistant”.
Finally, we will present the emergence of the worldwide quantum ecosystem. You might be familiar with some of the usual big names such as IBM and Google, but we also want to provide an overview of the startups, consulting firms, and venture funds. In the fourth and last lesson of this course you will get familiar with the quantum technologies ecosystem, as well as with the different national initiatives around the globe. In addition, one last topic will cover the next steps you need to become a potential end user. For example, you will learn how to explore a first use case, to deploy a sustainable strategy, and to hire quantum talents or train your IT software team already in place.
By the end of this four-lesson course, you will certainly be more knowledgeable and better qualified than most of large companies CEOs. Not only you will increase your understanding of quantum technologies, but we will equip you with the ability for you and your company to navigate the rise of quantum technologies. We hope that after this course you will be in a position to even provide leadership to others while navigating these major changes.
Accessing the course
The course is available through QURECA’s website: Quantum for Everyone
Are you a student ? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get a 90% discount code !
Does this course include a certificate ?
Yes ! Every course you take on QURECA includes its certificate without any additional cost. QURECA is accredited to deliver certificates by the CPD Certification Service, a guarantee for you to be globally certified.
About the instructors
Dr. Araceli Venegas-Gomez – Quantum physicist and former aerospace engineer, Araceli is the recipient of the Optical Society Milton and Rosalind Chang Pivoting Fellowship to become a “global ambassador” for quantum technologies. To achieve this, Araceli founded QURECA, creating a link between the different stakeholders in the quantum community through a common language, with the aim to support business and institutions to be part of the second quantum revolution.
Dr. Bruno Fedrici– PhD in quantum engineering with a university certificate in digital transformation, Bruno actively contributes to the public and business awareness of quantum technologies by providing a bridge between higher education, research and industry. Durante tres años ha estado presentando los conceptos básicos de la computación cuántica y las soluciones de seguridad cuánticas seguras a ejecutivos y líderes técnicos, así como a estudiantes de ciencias de la computación e ingeniería.
About QURECA Ltd.
In 2019, the Royal Society described QURECA Ltd. as the company that “fills the gaps in the existing quantum community, creating a society ready for quantum through a common language.” QURECA provides a range of professional services, business development, and the solution to the quantum workforce skills bottleneck. QURECA is the first online platform for quantum training and resourcing, to support individuals and businesses to be part of the quantum revolution.