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Quantum Advantage Discovery Room is No Small Feat

Quantum Advantage Discovery Room is No Small Feat

The latest edition of SETsquared Exeter’s Discovery Room Series took place on the 14th September, this time in the English Riviera of Torbay. Held in collaboration with the Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre in Paignton, this 2-hour event focused on quantum technologies and the potential advantages these technologies promise to deliver.

Attendees were presented with a ‘state-of-the-art’ overview of quantum technologies from University of Exeter theoretical physicist Dr Oleksandr Kyriienko. Dr Kyriienko’s overview and insight set up the rest of the morning’s speakers in terms of how quantum technologies can be applied practically.

The focus of the morning shifted to how quantum technologies can be practically applied as we heard from Dr Josh Nunn of ORCA Computing. As CTO at ORCA and a Reader in Photonics at the University of Bath, Dr Nunn presented some of the work he is leading at ORCA Computing as they develop scalable quantum computing technologies that promise to unlock computational capabilities not currently available to classical computers. Their photonics based approach resonated with those in the room who are in the photonics industry.

The morning concluded with a thorough and in-depth panel discussion with Tim Durrant of Effect Photonics, Dr Philip Mitchell, representing the Torbay hi-Tech Cluster, and Dr Deborah Watson form Innovate UK EDGE, in addition to our two speakers. The panel discussed some of the challenges facing the development and rollout of quantum technologies as well as potential funding opportunities that may be on the horizon.

The event was delivered as part of the University of Exeter Enterprise Zone (UEEZ) project that  helps innovative Devon-based start-ups and SMEs to achieve accelerated high growth through the provision of expert business support. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project aims to improve the opportunities for innovative STEMM, Devon-based start-ups and SMEs with the aim of achieving accelerated high growth by providing various business engagement opportunities.

The next event

The Future of Farming: From the Ground Up

Will include a keynote from David Fursdon – a rural chartered surveyor and chairman of Beeswax Dyson Farming, as well as a talk from Jake Gibson Shaw-Sutton, founder of agri-tech R&D start-up Robotriks, and Andy Bell, director of the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere.

Join us on the 12th October 2022 at 8:30am at Westpoint Arena

For more informatin and to book your free ticket please use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-farming-from-the-ground-up-tickets-400774436127

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