Diversity in Quantum Takes Center Stage: SandboxAQ and Trinity College Dublin Host Event to Foster Inclusion in AQ Ecosystem

February 22, 2023
Diversity in SandboxAQ, strives for an inclusive workforce in the quantum ecosystemDiversity in SandboxAQ, strives for an inclusive workforce in the quantum ecosystem

At SandboxAQ, we embrace diversity in all forms and seek to bring greater diversity to the entire quantum ecosystem – including future colleagues who are considering quantum careers. With AI + quantum technologies (AQ) poised to revolutionize numerous industries, success can only be achieved with an inclusive workforce that is diverse in both skill sets as well as points of view.

To this end, we recently co-hosted a Diversity in Quantum event with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and DiviQ in Ireland on February 16. The purpose of this two-day event was to help grow a diverse quantum workforce by providing participants from underrepresented groups with the information, communities, connections, and opportunities necessary to pursue quantum careers.

Kicking things off on February 16, Anne Sheehan, General Manager of Microsoft Ireland, delivered the opening keynote, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Felix Binder, Assistant professor in Quantum Science at TCD, featuring:

  • Nadia Carlsten, VP of Product, SandboxAQ
  • Stefano Sanvito, Professor and Director of CRANN, TCD
  • Carmen Recio Valcarce, Quantum Computing Engineer at Moody’s Analytics
  • Akinlolu Akande, a TCD student who participated in the Unesco ICTP program

Afterward, participants had the opportunity to interact with faculty, students, and quantum industry professionals. The event continued on Friday, February 17, with a series of meetings and talks on quantum technologies, in addition to networking opportunities with TCD faculty and industry experts.

Quantum computing is still in its early stages, both technologically and commercially, which makes this the perfect time to focus on ensuring diversity in the field. By providing financial, social, educational, and professional support to foster a diverse community, SandboxAQ and Trinity College Dublin aim to minimize institutionalized biases in academia and the industry.

TCD is the perfect place to host such an event. With its heavy concentration in quantum sciences education and research, TCD plays an integral role in Ireland’s national quantum ecosystem. Like SandboxAQ, TCD is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse community and a positive environment in which all can participate and are recognized fully for their contributions. At its core, TCD strives to provide the best quantum education opportunity to its students, regardless of their gender, race, or geographical origin.

The college seeks collaborations with public and private sector entities that are committed to the cause of diversity in the deep tech sector. For instance, a Microsoft Ireland-funded scholarship program for female applicants to TCD’s MSc in Quantum Science and Technology major has greatly improved the gender balance in the program.

Below are some images from this dynamic event. We will continue partnering with universities like TCD to help promote and grow a more diverse quantum ecosystem.

SandboxAQ partners with TCD in promoting diversity
Keynote Speakers in SandboxAQ and TCD event
Attendees of SandboxAQ and TCD event for diversity
Keynote speakers in promoting diversity in the field of technology
Attendees of SandboxAQ and TCD event for diversity
SandboxAQ and TCD promote women in tech to push for diversity
Attendees in SandboxAQ and TCD event discuss diversity and inclusivity in the tech field
SandboxAQ and TCD promote diversity and inclusivity in the tech industry

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