Research, industry and talent join forces to advance quantum computing

To launch a strategy based on quantum technologies, Cuenca, from Multiverse Computing, who also participated in BBVA Open Talks: Quantum technologies in Research, Industry and Talent, notes that it is important to take the first steps “by reflecting on the mission, purpose and meaning” of the strategy.

Talent blooms under the light of quantum technologies

The push for quantum computing from the public and private spheres is paired with the emergence of a new wave of talent and job opportunities. According to the latest data from the ‘Quantum Technology Monitor‘, a report prepared by the McKinsey consultancy firm, the need for experts in quantum technology ecosystem is increasing as the field grows: the demand for professionals triples the demand for graduates in disciplines associated with this field.

To remedy this situation, the consultancy firm points to the potential of training programmes, since there are some 350,000 graduates worldwide who have some kind of knowledge related to this disruptive field. To that end, IBM has launched quantum computing courses for students.

Quantum computing is also a field that requires multidisciplinary professionals, not just programmers. “At first, this technology was in the hands of physicists and mathematicians. However, engineers, computer scientists, marketing specialists, data scientists, technology managers, etc. have been incorporated in the leap to practical applications”, says Kyndryl’s Patricia García.

“Engineers, computer scientists, marketing specialists, data scientists, technology managers, etc. have been incorporated in the leap to practical applications”

In this same vein, Escolástico Sánchez, from BBVA, believes that “the drive to add talent to the field of quantum computing must be a joint effort between the public and private sectors”. He also explains that “recruiting research professionals is something that benefits companies to build innovative and value-added solutions because they have all this knowledge and experience at their disposal”.

The work of private and public organisations, as well as the training of talent, means that computing is gradually expanding in the innovative ecosystem. Collaboration among these three core players is a driving force for accelerating the development of this technology and imagining new applications that can revolutionise medicine, finance and urban mobility.

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