This year’s Qiskit Global Summer School virtual event will offer 5,000 people the opportunity to learn about quantum computing through lectures, providing a basic understanding and labs allowing learners to apply the lessons to today’s quantum hardware.
IBM Quantum recognizes the importance of empowering people around the world to engage in quantum computing — to learn how it works in theory, to gain hands-on experience implementing algorithms and protocols on real devices, and ultimately to contribute to its development and usage.
That’s why we’re excited to present this year’s Qiskit Global Summer School: Theory to Implementation. This virtual event will offer 5,000 people the opportunity to learn about quantum computing through lectures providing a basic understanding and labs allowing learners to apply the lessons to today’s quantum hardware.
For the past couple of years, the Qiskit Global Summer School has focused on advanced topics, including quantum chemistry simulations and quantum machine learning. We must remind ourselves, however, that the purpose of the Qiskit Global Summer School isn’t just to train experts in specialized topics, but also to welcome new learners to the field who may not have been exposed to quantum computing before. So this year, we’re taking a back-to-basics approach.
This year’s Qiskit Global Summer School will feature pre-recorded lectures by IBM Quantum educators, including the two of us, as well as labs implementing the concepts covered in the lectures. Participants will be able to chat live with the course instructors during the sessions and in live question-and-answer sessions, while mentors will be on hand to assist participants throughout the school. As always, students will have access to a Discord server allowing them to meet one another, collaborate on projects, get help solving problems, and form lasting relationships.
Quantum computing is a balance between theory and implementation. Theory provides us with insight and understanding about the potential of quantum computing, while implementation must reckon with imperfections and noise, limiting the power of present-day quantum computers. Our goal is to provide learners with an understanding of both, as well as the ongoing efforts to bridge the gaps between them. Toward this goal, learners will experiment with error mitigation, dynamic circuits, and other state-of-the-art techniques on today’s quantum computers.
We don’t yet know where quantum computing will lead, and we recognize that its potential rewards require risk, which is part of what makes it such an exciting field.
Even those who have yet to learn what a qubit is can still have a major impact on the field’s future. This is what we aim to enable. We’re fostering a nascent field and a new industry — and for it to reach its true potential we're not only going to need a quantum-ready workforce, but in fact a new generation of scientists, engineers, developers, professionals, and thought leaders to make their own contributions that will drive the field forward.