27 Sep 2021

Get involved in techUK's Quantum Commercialisation Week!

Call for insights: On 25-29 October techUK will be hosting its Quantum Commercialisation Week. We are looking for companies to share their insight and expertise from building a quantum-ready economy to nurturing skills and talent. Learn about how to get involved below!

We are looking for member companies to submit 600 word insights for techUK’s Quantum Commercialisation Week, covering one of the themes below. Please do reach out directly to get involved

During this week we will be bringing you news, views and insights from the technology sector on what Quantum Commercialisation will mean to the UK’s society and economy. We will be identifying, exploring and debating how organizations can build prepare for quantum readiness; reviewing the role of the technology sector in driving this forward, and discussing the larger implications on skills, jobs, security, economy and society that Quantum will bring.

Whether you are interested in contributing your industry expertise or want to discover more about the opportunities of Quantum Commercialisation, learn more about techUK’s campaign below!

Monday: Building the foundations: A vision for the UK’s Quantum Economy

Day one of techUK’s Quantum Commercialisation week will define and clarify what the role of Quantum products, services and technologies will be in developing the UK’s economy. We will start with getting the foundations right: What is quantum readiness; what research and development looks like in the UK, and how do we get commercialisation right for the UK?

Tuesday: Quantum Skills

Lack of skills and talent around Quantum is a considerable barrier to the UK’s Quantum success. Over 30 UK universities have delivered 400 PhDs in Quantum, but the exponential growth in demand of quantum skills as the UK edges closer to commercialisation means that the talent resource is barely covering demand. Day two of techUK’s Quantum Commercialisation Week will explore how Government, industry and academia can  work together to create and nurture quantum talent in the UK

Wednesday: Quantum and Sustainability

As the UK positions itself for commercialisation of Quantum technologies, and we look to how the tech sector can exploit and utilize Quantum, we also need to create an engaged and informed discussion on how Quantum aligns with businesses’ sustainability strategies.

Quantum can potentially support sustainability endeavors, but is not without its own environmental challenges, – and, crucially, a means to attribute carbon from quantum to products and services that use it, must be agreed. This day will share expert insights to clarify and raise awareness on the potential sustainability opportunities and challenges of Quantum Commercialisation.

Thursday: Quantum and Emerging technologies: Developing the relationship with Cloud, AI, HPC and more

This day will explore the huge potential of Quantum computing when deployed alongside other key technologies such as HPC and AI. As well as showcasing exciting use cases, this day will also address how convergence of these technologies can help with access to Quantum, as well as address some of the strategic and ethical challenges of converging these technologies.

Friday: Quantum and Security: Protecting our future

On the final day of techUK’s Quantum Commercialisation Week, techUK members will help define and clarify the key security questions that Quantum technologies will bring. We will explore uses of QKD and quantum cryptography, and envision a secure quantum future.

If you would like to get involved please reach out!

Laura Foster

Laura Foster

Programme Manager, Technology and Innovation, techUK

Laura is techUK’s Programme Manager for Technology and Innovation.

She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.

Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally in London, Singapore and across the United States as a conference researcher and producer covering enterprise adoption of emerging technologies. This included being part of the strategic team at London Tech Week.

Laura has a degree in History (BA Hons) from Durham University, focussing on regional social history. Outside of work she loves reading, travelling and supporting rugby team St. Helens, where she is from.

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Sue Daley

Sue Daley

Director, Technology and Innovation

Sue leads techUK's Technology and Innovation work.

This includes work programmes on cloud, data protection, data analytics, AI, digital ethics, Digital Identity and Internet of Things as well as emerging and transformative technologies and innovation policy. She has been recognised as one of the most influential people in UK tech by Computer Weekly's UKtech50 Longlist and in 2021 was inducted into the Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK Tech Hall of Fame. A key influencer in driving forward the data agenda in the UK Sue is co-chair of the UK government's National Data Strategy Forum. As well as being recognised in the UK's Big Data 100 and the Global Top 100 Data Visionaries for 2020 Sue has also been shortlisted for the Milton Keynes Women Leaders Awards and was a judge for the Loebner Prize in AI. In addition to being a regular industry speaker on issues including AI ethics, data protection and cyber security, Sue was recently a judge for the UK Tech 50 and is a regular judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.

Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec, Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Sue has an BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham. Sue is a keen sportswoman and in 2016 achieved a lifelong ambition to swim the English Channel.

[email protected]
020 7331 2055

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Zoe Brockbank

Programme Coordinator, Policy, Tech and Innovation, techUK

Zoe is a Programme Assistant, supporting techUK's work across Policy, Technology and Innovation.

The team makes the tech case to government and policymakers in Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and across the UK on the most pressing issues affecting this sector and supports the Technology and Innovation team in the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.

Before joining techUK, Zoe worked as a Business Development and Membership Coordinator at London First and prior to that Zoe worked in Partnerships at a number of Forex and CFD brokerage firms including Think Markets, ETX Capital and Central Markets.

Zoe has a degree (BA Hons) from the University of Westminster and in her spare time, Zoe enjoys travelling, painting, keeping fit and socialising with friends.

[email protected]
020 7331 2174

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