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Dear community members and partners,

On Thursday last week, more than 250 registered guests joined our virtual Launch Event. After learning where Quantum Delta NL stands after its founding in September 2020, guests could deep-dive into the topics of their choice during 16 breakout sessions.
→ You can find the slides of the various breakout sessions on our website (link)
→ Fun fact: more than 40% of the sessions were led or co-led by women (#WIQD!)

What's next? ☕
So many of us enjoyed the virtual networking through the Wonder-platform, that we decided to follow Quantum Delft's example and organise 'Coffee Breaks', once a month on Wednesday mornings between 10:00 and 10:30 am (CET), starting 17 February.

Please join us for informal networking with others from the entire Dutch quantum ecosystem via bit.ly/qdnlwonder, or copy the first Coffee Break to your calendar by clicking the icons below.

 
 
 

What else can you find in this newsletter? 
  • The video that represents the Dutch quantum ecosystem
  • The quantum delegation that participated in CES 2021
  • Dutch quantum startup news (prizes and funding!)
  • Updates from SURF and KPN's quantum projects
  • Academic news
  • And more
Enjoy the read!

Warmest Regards,
Team Quantum Delta NL
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Startup news 

 Dutch quantum delegation at virtual CES

We partook in the virtual edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), together with Qblox, Delft Circuits, Orange Quantum Systems and Quantum Inspire.

Quantum played a special role during the opening session of CES on Monday 11 January: 

→ Niels Bultink of Qblox received the CES Innovation Award (link)!
→ State Secretary Mona Keijzer said Quantum Delta NL's funding of €23.5M was "just to get started"
→ Charles Marcus reflected on how "impressive" collaboration within the Dutch quantum ecosystem already is.  

View a recap of the opening session here.

 Qblox receives €4.8 Million from EIC


Besides winning the innovation prize at CES, Dutch startup Qblox, a spin-off from QuTech, has received 4.8 million euros in funding from the European Innovation Council (a funding programme of the European Union). The funding programme is aimed at European startups and scale-ups that have groundbreaking ideas for setting up completely new markets or revolutionise existing ones.

The achievement places them among the top 1% of successful deep-tech startups that received funding. You can read more here.

News from the ecosystem

 KPN


KPN has joined forces with QuTech, SURF and OPNT to launch a collaboration designed to make significant progress in building a first ever quantum network connecting the Randstad, i.e. one of the main metropolitan regions in the Netherlands.

The project will focus on connecting different quantum processors, a significant distance apart, over KPN's telecom network. The aim is to build the very first fully functional quantum network using high-speed fiber connections.

Read more about this exciting partnership here.

 SURF


SURF, the Dutch ICT cooperative of education and research institutions, intensifies its engagement with the quantum technology community. SURF aims to support Dutch researchers in taking an early and competitive advantage of quantum technologies and facilities while these become available. 

Amongst other things, this has lead to the integration of Cartesius as a 31 qubit simulator within QuTech’s Quantum Inspire platform. Current work with partners includes developing connectors and workflows between quantum computers and (classical) supercomputers to enable execution of hybrid quantum simulations.

Read more on our news page.

 Standardization for quantum technology


Several Dutch organizations have started working on standardization around quantum technology. The quantum-tech start-ups Delft Circuits, Qblox, Orange Quantum Systems and QuantWare, together with research institute TNO (QuTech) submitted 3 proposals for standardization of quantum computing to the European standardization organization CEN and CENELEC.

The Dutch proposals focus on topics like a software programming interface for a quantum computer in the cloud, and a modular division of quantum computer hardware.

You can read more here [English version at the bottom] 

Academic news

 Maastricht 

In October of last year, Maastricht University and IBM started a quantum computing collaboration. Is quantum computing part of the solution for the challenging computational needs of two future physics detectors, the Einstein Telescope and LHCb detector of the High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider?

Two postdocs will address this challenge; these job listings are open until February 18 and can be found here.​

 Eindhoven 


Erik Bakkers and his team of physicists at the Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) together with the University of Basel, have demonstrated a new type of qubit where the speed and frequency of operation can be widely tuned with a gate voltage. A big step towards the ultimate goal of building a quantum computer.

You can read more here.

Upcoming events

 Amsterdam 

Once every two months,  Quantum.Amsterdam hosts free and publicly available Meetups. The March edition will be dedicated to startups.

Speakers are:
→ Joel Klassen, Quantum Software Researcher at Phasecraft
→ Amber Van Hauwermeiren, Business Developer at Orange QS
→ Jelmer Renema, CTO of Quix

If you are interested to join the Meetup, you can register here.

See you next month!

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