The Disruptive Power of Quantum Computing

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The Disruptive Power of Quantum Computing

October 13, 2021, from 4 pm to 5 pm eastern time

Quantum computing harnesses the phenomena of quantum mechanics to deliver a huge leap forward in computational power to solve problems.

1. Mark Mattingley-Scott. A veteran of the IT industry
and pioneer of IBM’s Quantum Computing program, Disruptive Technologists' Board Member Mark Mattingley-Scott is a former Quantum Computing Architect for 30 years who is now General Manager EMEA for Quantum Brilliance.

2. Petra Söderling: Petra ran teams and innovation projects in a large multinational corporation (Nokia in Finland), founded and managed two startup companies in New York City and New Orleans, LA, Senior Advisor the Finnish government’s innovation funding agency, Business Finland advising the Finnish government on quantum, space tech, smart mobility, AI, and cybersecurity.

3. Danika Hannon: Danika Hannon is a leader of the MN Quantum Computing Meetup, served on the Women in Quantum Advisory Board, volunteered for a quantum computing and AI startup called, and became a Relationship Manager with Cambridge Quantum Computing, as well as the Deputy Head and IQSD Chair for the Quantum Strategy Institute.

4. Ivy Cohen, President, Ivy Cohen Corporate Communications: Reputation Management and Communications Strategist.

5. Frank La Vigne is a published author, podcaster, and conference speaker who discovered quantum computing at a Microsoft Research conference in 2019. In 2020, he launched the Impact Quantum ( podcast to share his enthusiasm for quantum technologies with fellow data scientists and engineers. In 2021, Frank left Microsoft to join Koverse, a platform that adds enhanced security solutions for highly sensitive big data implementations.

Quantum computers will soon be able to solve complex problems that today’s most powerful supercomputers can’t solve, and never will. But now quantum is going to a new level. We are referring to computations using a completely new physical principle – computational power being available for much less energy and effort.

Major areas that will be affected by quantum:

1. Material Simulations: Materials can be anything in the real world, such as a pharmaceutical molecule. Aspirin and antiviral medicines are materials – things that can be simulated. Take clinical trials: Maybe in mapping DNA we get to the point where we can simulate molecules to such an extent that we don’t need to do trials at all.

2. Manufacturing: The second area is optimization. For instance, optimizing the entire supply chain of some manufacturing industries. There are calculations that say that energy savings would be significant and important in mitigating the effects of global warming.

3. AI and Machine Learning: There are a lot of things in machine learning which can be accelerated by quantum computing. Even so, the technology is still nascent – the paradox of quantum computing is that the industry is still working on the algorithms and the methods to do things.

This is what is happening: industries are waiting for enough Qubits, i.e.: the quantum-mechanical analog of a classical Bit. Basically, how many Qubits do you have?

So, how disruptive is quantum computing? Very!


Moderator: Ivy Cohen, President, Ivy Cohen Communications
MC: Sep DiMeglio, UX & Accessibility Engineer, Microsoft
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