Kees Eijkel: IQT Europe is focussing on the business-academic interaction: the development of the field in the direction of business and use cases, where business and academy are working together to achieve progress, and government facilitates. IQT is also a global event, with a focus on transatlantic cooperation.
Quantaneo: Quantum supremacy is still a hope. BCG talks about quantum applications becaming mainstream in 15 to 20 years… why do you think that 2019 is the right moment to launch a business conference focusing on profits and losses?
Kees Eijkel: Many leading actors from industry, academia and government are already investing heavily in quantum technology. There is an increasing international collaboration, along with a growing competition within the field. All of this requires a strong interaction between the key actors: what progress is made, who are the leaders, what is our vision fort the coming years, where to invest ? IQT Europe is the place where the key actors meet and discuss.
Quantaneo: You choose The Netherlands and The Hague for this edition, after a successful one in Boston. Why this choice? Is there a special point of interest around quantum in The Netherlands?
Kees Eijkel: The Netherlands is especially strong in the field of Quantum technology, with QuTech Delft as the centre of gravity, with its Quantum Campus and strong links to leading companies. A new national Quantum program has recently been drafted. The Netherlands is a great place for Quantum Technology and for debating the future steps. The Hague is close to the leading centres including Delft. We will also offer lab tours to QuTech on the day before the conference.
Quantaneo: Quantum Computing is a difficult subject. It seems to need a lot of mathematics to be understood. Who can come to your conference and be able to understand all the Ph.D’s that will speak? Which technical level is a pre-requisite? What’s the profil of attendees you’re waiting for (business people, IT people, software vendors, system integrators) ?
Kees Eijkel: IQT is not an academic conference. It revolves around the leading businesses, the research groups that support them or where they spin out, and the government programs that enable this. We will talk with the private and public organizations that are involved in use cases (for instance in finance and automotive), with the software and algorithm developers that enable progress in the coming years, with the suppliers and manufacturers that are building the systems, with the users and builders of Quantum Internet. A keen interest in Quantum Technology and its applications is a pre-requisite. Not a physics degree.
Quantaneo: If you had one argument to share, THE argument to convince my boss I need to attend IQT Europe, what will it be?
Kees Eijkel: You will come back with state-of-the art information on where the field is, and what steps and relationships your organization should contemplate for the coming years.
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