Industrial Partners and Academics meet at NQIT User Forum

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On January 15 2016 we held the second of our twice-yearly User Forums – a half-day event bringing together existing and potential industrial partners with NQIT quantum researchers.

The aim of the afternoon was to update end users on the progress of the NQIT Hub, to attract new end users, and to explain how to access our Partnerships Fund for new quantum technology projects.

Guest speakers from our industrial partners told us their vision for quantum technologies. We heard about commercial quantum applications for telecommunications from British Telecom (BT) and for finance from QxBranch. We also heard about the applications of quantum computing from Origone.

Our User Engagement team explained how potential industrial partners can get involved with quantum information technology development through our Partnership Fund – if you have ideas for quantum technology projects that have early commercialization potential, please do get in touch.

We ended with a networking session where industrial visitors, including representatives from D Wave, M Squared Lasers, BAE Systems, Airbus, British Telecom, Thales, e2v and Fraunhofer, met with NQIT academics to discuss future collaborations.

About the speakers:

QxBranch is an advanced data analytics firm pioneering commercial applications of quantum computing.  QxBranch serves global finance, insurance, aerospace, and security firms to develop strategies, software, and simulators for this technology. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Hong Kong and Adelaide, QxBranch launched in 2014 after entering a unique R&D agreement with Lockheed Martin to accelerate global quantum computing activities.

For more information, go to or follow on Twitter: @QxBranch

ORIGONE provides clients with highly skilled experts and engineers who maintain a deep knowledge of leading technologies. Their areas of expertise in technology consulting services include: cyber security, telecom technologies, loss prevention and high tech security solutions, hybrid in-memory data base solutions, business intelligence systems development, fundamental sciences research and aerospace and defence solutions.

For more information, visit or email

Photo credit: University of Oxford Department Engineering Science Media Unit

User Forum Jan 2016