Collaboration between QuSoft, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Dutch banks results in new workshop ‘General Awareness Quantum Computing’

The new monthly workshop General Awareness Quantum Computing addresses the need for companies to explore and develop quantum software and new applications. To create an education and awareness program The Dutch Payments Association, the Dutch Banking Association and the three major Dutch banks ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank asked QuSoft (the research center for Quantum Software, founded by CWI and UvA) and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) for collaboration, within the Quantum.Amsterdam innovation hub.

With this workshop the Dutch banks and Quantum.Amsterdam, the innovation hub for quantum software in the Amsterdam region, want to prepare companies for the quantum age by raising the knowledge and awareness about this fascinating technology and by helping to identify and validate high-impact use cases. The impact of quantum computers can be immense. A full-scale quantum computer can break RSA-keys that are currently widely used to secure information and transactions. Quantum computers will solve some problems exponentially faster than traditional computers. Although usable full-scale quantum computers are years away, it makes sense to start preparing now for this era. It will take several years to create a sufficient workforce with the right knowledge to deal with this new technology.

Quantum.Amsterdam offers the workshop General Awareness Quantum Computing every last Friday of each month, starting November 27, 2020. It is one workshop of 3-hours that prepares a broad audience for opportunities and threats that quantum technology brings to businesses and organisations. It introduces the participants to the general principles of quantum computing and its applications. The workshop is developed with the general public in mind from all sorts of companies and organizations, also from outside the financial domain. Anyone can attend the workshop without prior knowledge of quantum computing. When completed, participants have an overall understanding of the possibilities and what to expect from quantum computers, with an emphasis on future business relevance. 

Workshop leader Marten Teitsma (Professor Quantum Computing at The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) says: “Quantum computing has a massive business potential and comes with security threats. On the other hand, the field is somewhat hyped, and many myths exist about quantum technology. With this workshop, we hope to contribute to training a workforce that can seize the quantum revolution to the advantage of their organisations”.

The workshop General Awareness Quantum Computing is organised every last Friday of the month and can be booked throughout the entire year starting November 27th. For information about the Workshop General Awareness Quantum Computing click here or send an e-mail to

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