A Big Thank You from the OneQuantum Africa team
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OneQuantum Africa Meetings Update
After what has been a fantastic round of talks that brought together the best in quantum from Africa and the world to collaborate, learn and share, OneQuantum Africa Meetings will take a break and be back on the 8th of September with a learning session by Prof. Will Oliver, Principal Investigator in the Engineering Quantum Systems Group at MIT.
I would like to thank our generous sponsors, the speakers, the volunteers, and the attendees for their time and effort.
During this time we have also started supporting new leaders who are taking quantum deeper into our beautiful continent and building strong local chapters in individual countries. The OneQuantum organization’s mission is to provide a supportive and authentic community platform for anyone active or interested in Quantum Tech no matter their background, skills, origin, gender, race, or goal.
Organized by chapters, we have greatly expanded this year with representation across the globe - all our chapters serve the above common purpose while integrating and representing the local ecosystem.
Africa continues to show fast growth thanks to an impressive and dedicated roster of volunteer presidents who invest their time and energy in organizing their local efforts. This is our time to lead.
If you’d like to join one of our communities, or, apply to start your own in any country or region, please let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org
See you on September 8th,
Farai Mazhandu | President | OneQuantum Africa
If you are serious about quantum in Africa then do not miss this important conversation by the OneQuantum South Africa quantum tech community.
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Registration is now open for the #ibmQuantumAfrica21 Challenge taking place from 9 - 21 September. Hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand and IBM Research Lab in South Africa, the challenge is aimed at African students, researchers, and industry to grow the #quantum community and skills in Africa.
Developed by African researchers, the challenge will focus on problems in the fields of optimization, finance, and chemistry. No formal education in quantum computing is required as the challenge focuses on its application to already existing classical problems.
IBM Quantum Challenge - Africa 2021
The University of Amsterdam andQuSoft are organizing The Quantum Quest training program in collaboration with Quantum Leap Africa. The program is a web/online class for high school and first-year university students with an interest in mathematics and computing. It is a five-week educative, interactive course with facilitators/teaching assistants to guide students all through the program. The program is also designed as an adventure to learn the basics of quantum computing. At the end of it, you will be able to understand what quantum bits and quantum algorithms are and why they are important.
The students, at the completion of the program, shall be awarded certificates.
The program shall start in November 2021.
High-Level Knowledge in math subjects
Currently attending high school /first year at University
Between ages 16-20 years
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