Quantum technologies

Fraunhofer at Bitkom Quantum Summit 2021

The expectations are gigantic, the stakes are high: quantum physics is reaching the reality of life. When quantum technologies come into use, the possibilities are hardly foreseeable yet, so enormous is the potential. The question is: When and how will quantum technologies come into use? The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is tracking down the answers in countless projects and initiatives. In May 2021, the branch association Bitkom will host the first Quantum Summit. And, of course, Fraunhofer will be there.

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When quantum technologies come into use, the possibilities can hardly be foreseen yet, so enormous is the potential. Will there be new opportunities for the climate if changes can be accurately measured and predicted? What new products will there be if materials can be developed and tested more quickly and cheaply? Will city traffic gridlock be history when quantum computers optimize driving routes for each individual? Will there be tap-proof and sovereign digital infrastructures for business and private individuals?

The industry association Bitkom is hosting the first "Quantum Summit" on May 26 and 27, 2021. There, important players from the provider and user side, with researchers, startups, politics and administration as well as international guests will exchange ideas. The summit will provide an overview and introduction to quantum technologies and show how today's decisions – political, economic and technological – are shaping the future in Europe and the world.
Interactive sessions will provide opportunities to interact with quantum experts and decision-makers, and to learn about some of the first applications of quantum technologies. The most pressing issues, such as technical challenges, political regulation and interdisciplinary collaboration will be discussed.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is participating as a premium partner of the event. 13 speakers from seven institutes, the Fraunhofer Academy and the headquarters of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will enrich the program with presentations, in discussion rounds and workshops.

In addition to the keynote address by Prof. Manfred Hauswirth (Fraunhofer FOKUS), the highlight will be the workshop "Real Quantum Computing Insights", which will be hosted by the Fraunhofer Competence Network Quantum Computing. Here, attendees will learn how to take advantage of Fraunhofer's partner offerings on research, training and education with the IBM Q System One at Fraunhofer's site in Ehningen (Baden-Württemberg, Germany).

The event's partner page features an extensive Fraunhofer portfolio on the topic of quantum technology – starting with the various competence centers, continuing education and training offerings from the Fraunhofer Academy, explanation videos, podcasts and statements, as well as relevant job opportunities throughout Germany.

The Bitkom Quantum Summit 2021 will take place virtually on May 25 and 26, 2021. Participation is free of charge. You can register at the following link.