The students were also given the opportunity to hear from Prof Yvonne Gao, who shared about her research at the quantum labs and the important applications of quantum computers and technology.
“Not only do quantum computers have the potential to solve complex problems much faster than classical computers, they can also be the enabling technology to power many exciting and transformative innovations in the next decade,” she highlighted.
Adding a twist to the showcase of commercialisation examples of quantum research, a group of researchers from CQT presented examples of potential quantum technology start-ups à la “Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction”. Students voted on the start-ups that they believed to be real and were surprised at the results.
The final part of the workshop involved a guest panel of speakers in different roles within the quantum technology industry. The speakers were Ms Amanda Chew, Product Manager from Horizon Quantum Computing; Mr Huang Junye, Quantum Developer Advocate from IBM Qiskit; Mr Ling Keok Tong, Director (Smart Nation & Digital Economy) from National Research Foundation, Singapore; Mr Seow Jian Zhi, Consultant from SimplifyNext; and Ms Yanina Blaclard, Marketing and Communications Manager from Horizon Quantum Computing.
They shared about their background, career experiences in the field, and offered advice to those who may be interested in entering the technology industry.
“There are so many pathways such as communications to strategy and marketing that one can take to join the technology industry,” Ms Blaclard shared.
“There are so many useful skills you can learn in classes and CCAs in school and from talking to seniors that can help you open more options,” Mr Ling added.
The programme series for YCKSS will conclude with “Building a Society for the Third Age” to be held in March. Students will be diving deeper into ageing and social inclusion through workshops and field trips led by the Social Inclusion Project at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
By NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education
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