What does the UK’s quantum future hold?

  • Friday20Sep 2019
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    Join us for techUK's kick-off session on the commercialisation, deployment and adoption of quantum!

Quantum computing has been identified by government and industry as a key emerging and transformative technology that will have an impact on the UK’s long term digital and economic future. While the science behind quantum computing is increasingly being understood, the full potential and possible impact of the commercialisation, deployment and adoption of quantum technologies have not yet been fully explored.

To ensure the technology sector is ready and able to play its part in ensuring the UK can become the world leader in the development and deployment of innovation quantum technologies, products and services, techUK is launching its UK Quantum Future campaign. A dedicated programme of activities over six months will include a quantum campaign week where leading figures in the UK quantum community will offer views on what the future may hold and how we get there, a techUK quantum Podcast and a series of events and workshops focusing on the possible applications of quantum technologies.

To kick off techUK’s Quantum Future campaign on 20th September (10:00 – 13:00) we will be holding a free to attend event to explore what quantum computing could mean for the UK economy, society and the technology sector and whether we have the capability and capacity today for this future. 

As well as providing an overview of the latest research, industry developments and announcements the event will also provide an update on the priorities and work of the UK’s National Quantum Computing Programme.  Following presentations by industry leaders a panel of industry, government and academics will identify and discuss the key areas where progress is needed to move the UK forward, the roadmap that may now be needed to move towards increased commercialisation of quantum computing, the role for industry collaboration, as well as the possible challenges or barriers that may stand in the way of the UK’s quantum future and how these should issues could be overcome.

This event is an opportunity for techUK members to get up to speed on this emerging and transformative technology as well as feed directly into the work techUK will be developing throughout its Quantum Future campaign which will be seeking to identify key next steps that the technology industry believe are needed to ensure the UK can realise the long term full potential and opportunities of  quantum computing across all sectors and industries.

The draft agenda for this event, with the issues that will be explored, are below.  Speakers are currently being confirmed and will be added soon. If you would be interested in being involved on the day please email tom.henderson@techuk.org or sue.daley@techuk.org




10:00 – 10:10 Introductions and welcome by techUK


10:10 – 10:15 Introduction to Quantum Computing

  • An explanation of quantum computing and overview of key policy developments related to the field


10:15 – 10:30 What does Quantum computing mean to the UK and how to realise its full potential?

Lucy Martin, Head of Quantum Technologies at EPSRC

  • Lucy will provide an outline of the opportunities for the UK to lead the world in the development and commercialisation of quantum and the steps being taken by government and industry to achieve this goal. This presentation will include an outline of the recent investment of £153 million made by government in quantum as well as the work and roadmap of the National Quantum Computing Programme, areas for greater industry engagement and the role of industry collaboration moving forward.


10:30  11:00 The UK Quantum Computing Industry – Where is industry today, where are we heading and do we have what we need to succeed?

  • Industry leaders at the cutting edge of quantum computing research and development will outline where the UK’s quantum industry is today and offer views on what industry needs to ensure the UK can realise the benefits of quantum and be seen as a world leader in the development, deployment and commercialisation of quantum technologies. Participants will include:
    • Holly Cummins, Worldwide Development Leader, IBM Q
    • Shane Rigby, Business Development Executive for Deep Learning and Quantum as a Service, Atos
    • Chris Erven, CEO & Co-Founder, KETS
    • Lucy Martin, Head of Quantum Technologies at EPSRC

11:00 - 11:20 *Networking break*


11:20 - 12:20 Panel Discussion

  • Given the opportunities presented by the development of quantum computing technologies, products and services this panel will discuss whether the UK has the capability and capacity needed to move forward towards increased commercialisation of quantum computing. It will discuss whether now is the time for greater industry involvement in the quantum computing community and if so how to foster greater collaboration and whether there is a convening role for techUK. The panel will also explore the possible challenges or barriers that may stand in the way of the UK’s quantum future, how these should issues could be overcome, who should take the lead and what should happen next.


12:20 - 12:30 Close and Next Steps


12:30 - 13:00 Networking Lunch

  • Tom Henderson

    Tom Henderson

    Programme Manager | Digital Twins, Smart Cities, Climate Risk & Resilience’
    T 020 7331 2043
  • Sue Daley

    Sue Daley

    Associate Director | Technology & Innovation
    T 020 7331 2055

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