IQM launches initiative to offer free online course on quantum computing

Dr. Jan Goetz, CEO and Co-founder of IQM Quantum Computers
Dr. Jan Goetz, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder at IQM Quantum Computers

IQM Quantum Computers (IQM), the builder of quantum computers, launched an initiative, “IQM Academy,” to offer a free online quantum training course to prepare talent for quantum workforce development. IQM aims to reach high school and university students, educators, and enthusiasts who are curious to learn about the fundamentals of quantum computing.

What does this mean for the industry?

Given its potential, in the coming decades, quantum computing could ultimately impact global industries including finance, healthcare, agriculture, logistics, cybersecurity, and others.

According to a World Economic Forum Report 2022, embracing the capabilities of the technology will require a focus on quantum education and workforce development, and the only way to educate the workforce of tomorrow is to introduce quantum concepts into the primary and secondary education systems and to create more opportunities and programs.

No prior quantum computing experience is required to get started with the IQM Academy — participants will learn different ideas about quantum computing, its algorithms, and applications. The modules are exploratory, informative, highly interactive, and fun.

What is the mission behind the initiative?

Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Jan Goetz, CEO and Co-founder at IQM Quantum Computers, said: “We are excited about this initiative, which is part of our commitment to provide education on quantum computing to everyone, regardless of their background.”

“Anyone, anywhere in the world, can access the course and learn the basics of quantum computing with self-learning exercises and guidance from our world-class quantum experts. A quantum technology lead for Europe is possible, but only with broad education,” said Goetz.

Since 2020, IQM Quantum Computers has been collaborating with universities and industry partners to undertake several quantum-focused education initiatives that include hackathons and trainings to support quantum skills development. “The potential is vast, but there are many misconceptions — we also want to help people gain a realistic understanding of the tech and thus contribute to its development in Europe and worldwide,” concluded Goetz.

IQM Academy is available on desktop and mobile devices and can be accessed here.