Diverse audience, diverse questions
The visitors from very different backgrounds – natural sciences, IT, finance, design or communications, to name a few – shared fascination for new technologies. At the MQV booth, the audience, some of whom were coming into contact with the field of quantum technology for the first time, was infected by the enthusiasm for this field of technology. The questions were as varied as the audience: while some were primarily interested in the basic principles of quantum physics and learned about wave-particle duality from the quantum eraser experiment, others inspected chips with superconducting qubits, visited a research lab for ultracold atoms with VR glasses and wanted to know details about the different technological approaches to realizing quantum computing hardware. Still others were primarily interested in potential applications and socially as well as economically relevant aspects of quantum computing. On the first day, the Bavarian Minister of Science, Markus Blume, also visited the exhibition. Furthermore, students took the opportunity to get information about PhD and career opportunities within MQV and MCQST.
MQV was also present in two panel discussions. The panel "Beyond NISQ: How to harness the potential of quantum computers," persued the question of what further steps in research and development are necessary to move from error-prone quantum computers with a limited number of qubits to error-corrected, scalable devices. Robert Wille, Professor for Design Automation and member of the MQV consortia Q-DESSI and QACI, brought his perspective as a software expert to the table. Tatjana Wilk, General Manger of MCQST and spokesperson of the QST-EB consortium, and Christopher Trummer, spokesperson of QTPE, contributed to the panel "Building an Industry: How to create a quantum valley" with their experience in the field of appropriate education and training offers and the promotion of spin-offs.