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Quantum World Congress Announces Speakers

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

Upcoming Inaugural Quantum World Congress to Take Place in Washington, D.C., Will Gather Cross-Sector Worldwide Leadership to Explore Innovations and Accelerate Quantum Readiness

October 3, 2022 (Washington, D.C.)—Today, Connected DMV announced the first slate of speakers for the inaugural Quantum World Congress, a first-of-its-kind global quantum conference, exposition and networking series, that will occur November 29-December 1, 2022, in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The annual Quantum World Congress and its global audience will bring a quantum-ready future into focus while establishing the Greater Washington region as a go-to destination and meeting place for quantum technology visionaries, policymakers, researchers, business and investment leaders and students.

“The federal government and private investors are investing billions of dollars into institutions and companies working on quantum,” said Dr. Darryll Pines, President of the University of Maryland, and one of the featured Quantum World Congress speakers said. “Our U.S. allies and adversaries are clamoring for their pieces of the pie. Make no mistake: This is our generation’s space race where the first to market will realize significant first-mover advantages.”

The general assembly convenings will offer unique cross-sector perspectives from government, academia and industry and will feature speakers such as: Anne Neuberger (Deputy National Security Advisor, Cyber and Emerging Technology); Gil Herrera (National Security Agency, Director of Research) ; Dr. Darryll Pines (President, University of Maryland); Dr. Charles Tahan (Director, National Quantum Coordination Office, OSTP, White House); Dr. Celia Merzbacher, Executive Director, Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C); and Dr. Christopher Monroe, Founder & Chief Scientist, IonQ, and Fellow, Joint Quantum Institute.

Industry leaders from Boeing, Cleveland Clinic, Sandbox AQ, Zapata, Rigetti, Quantinuum, and more, will also provide key industry and technology perspectives. Members of the national security community, such as the Naval Research Lab, DC-QNet, Oakridge National Lab, Air Force Research Lab, and the National Institutes of Science and Technology, will also be featured. Leaders from the national and global quantum community collaborations will also be featured, including Dr. David Awschalom from the Chicago Quantum Exchange and Dr. Andrew White from EQUS Australia.

“Quantum will soon deliver innovations that transform how the world lives, works, and learns,” says Stu Solomon, President and CEO, Connected DMV. “With a rapidly expanding quantum ecosystem, world-renowned universities, company headquarters, industry and technology leaders, top federal researchers and policymakers, there’s no better place to assemble the world’s quantum leaders than in the nation’s capital. The Quantum World Congress represents another key milestone in our work to accelerate a quantum innovation growth cluster to drive equitable economic development in this region and beyond.”

The Quantum World Congress will feature a cross-sector, multi-disciplinary audience and will showcase major trends in quantum solutions, research, education, workforce, thought leadership, policy, business and investment. The event is organized by Connected DMV, a nonprofit that brings together Greater Washington’s collective assets and brightest minds to deliver initiatives that have the power to fundamentally reshape our physical, digital, economic, and social infrastructure.

The Quantum World Congress will host a pre-event day on November 29th that includes bootcamps and credentialing opportunities through the University of Maryland, George Mason University, Womanium, National Quantum Literacy Network, and the Joint Quantum Institute.

“Driving transformational change driven by disruptive technologies requires the development of a robust cross-sector ecosystem. Quantum and adjacent technologies have the potential to reshape our world in substantive and profound ways. It is essential that we establish the foundational ecosystem for a quantum economy now to withstand the challenges that lie ahead,” said George Thomas, Chief Innovation Officer of Connected DMV and lead of its Potomac Quantum Innovation Center initiative. “Quantum World Congress 2022 provides an important step forward in accelerating that ecosystem right here in Greater Washington.”

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About Connected DMV

Connected DMV is an initiatives-based, charitable 501(c)(3) organization that works with regional organizations across Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia – the DMV – to help drive ongoing improvements to social, digital, and physical infrastructure. Connected DMV focuses on initiatives that span local jurisdictions and require public-private-academia-community collaboration to best achieve the dual objectives of enduring economic health and social equity. Learn more:

The Potomac Quantum Innovation Center is an initiative launched and staffed by Connected DMV. PQIC’s mission is to bring together Greater Washington’s quantum stakeholders across borders and sectors to drive innovation, talent development, economic growth, and positive social impact. To achieve maximum regional impact, PQIC collaborates with many public sector, academic, industry, and nonprofit collaborators through its focus on five pillars: education and workforce, research and development, market acceleration, policy and standards, and funding and marketing. PQIC partners with the UMD’s Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance (MQA), the Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C), and the Quantum Industry Coalition (QIC), among others, to prepare the DMV for the coming quantum transformation and prepare our regional for global leadership. Learn more:



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