Portsmouth Workshop Series: The Quantum Industry
What will the workshops contain?
The workshops are designed with three main aims:
1. Give an overview of current quantum technologies and their biomedical, engineering, computing, security and environmental applications.
2. Show participants how they can grow their quantum technology ideas outside of academia and provide them with practical knowledge on how to accomplish this.
3. Introduce participants to the development of soft skills related to business and how they will be helpful whatever career they choose and in their current studies.
The workshops, organised by Dr. Vincenzo Tamma, are facilitated by Dr. Andrew Collins, Enterprise Developer for the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC). The practical workshop is split into a number of practical exercises interwoven with lecture material.
No knowledge of quantum physics is required.
Session 1: The Quantum Industry
Date: 19 November 2019 | Tuesday
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
(Light lunch - 12:00pm to 12:20pm)
In 2013 the UK government announce a large amount of funding to support the UK Quantum Technology Strategy Programme. This programme had an explicit focus on commercialising quantum technology and a scope far beyond research alone. This programme is significantly different from how other emerging technologies have been supported and is globally considered to be a model example of how to work across industry, academia and government.
In the first session attendees will be shown why the UK programme was established in this way and given a view of the global technology landscape at the time and what it looks like now. The session will then focus on the growth of quantum technology globally and how the quantum “eco-system” currently looks across all sectors. Participants will be asked to explore where they think the direction of quantum technology is heading and provided with simple tools to establish how to identify where the trends are and what they mean.
Session 2: Exploring Your Idea and Exploring the Market
Date: 19 November 2019 | Tuesday
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
(Tea/Coffee - 2:00pm to 2:10pm)
This session will explore the question “What have you got and how do you want to use it?”. This will cover ground from initial ideas only through to active research. Attendees will examine what skills they have and look at the talents and expertise they can use. This session will look at the different working cultures people will find themselves in and the issues that can arise working across cultures. Through a lightning round of pitches in groups delegates will be trained to express their capabilities from within academia to different corporate, entrepreneurial and government environments. This will help the participants to rephrase their research in ways relevant to external people. Following on the participants will be provided with the means to perform basic market research and fit exercises to answer the question “How do other people want to use what I’ve got?”
Session 3: The Commercialisation process
22 November 2019 | Friday
9:00am to 11:00am
This session is a practical guide to what steps you actually need to go through if you want to start up your own company. Concepts of registering and incorporating will be discussed. The importance of intellectual property and contractual negotiations will be examined. A look at differences in how this all works for the entrepreneur or for company structures will be given. At the end of the session participants will be taken through the bare bones of designing a plan of where they want to be in 5 years’ time and what they will need to implement it. In a company or running a company? In academia or in a lab? A light examination of the business model canvas will be introduced.
This event is organised by Quantum Science and Technology Hub. If you have any questions or further interest, please contact the members of the hub and their contact details are on the Quantum Science and Technology Hub website.
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