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Quantum ready



Imagining a quantum-ready region now.

Imagine hyper-accurate long-term weather forecasting delivered in sufficient time to move our families to safety. Imagine the possibility of new life-saving drugs discovered through faster analysis of complex molecules. Imagine the impact on climate change using new carbon-capturing materials and long-lasting batteries for green energy. Imagine new supply chain and logistics data management and modeling and what it could mean for issues like hunger and food waste. Imagine a world where we can simulate live models of natural systems such as photosynthesis and eventually consciousness. Right now, it's hard to imagine a quantum-empowered future — but the future is within reach.

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Accelerating innovation & impact from the DMV.

Greater Washington—with its rich foundation of talent, resources, assets, and stakeholders—is poised to lead our nation and the world into the quantum era. However, the region lacks a mechanism to bring these scattered efforts together to accelerate quantum ecosystem formation. By integrating these efforts, Connected DMV has set out on an ambitious path to make the region the premier hub for the next generation of quantum leadership, innovation, and economic development across quantum computing, sensing, communications, and materials.

PQIC’s mission is to prepare for the future by bringing together Greater Washington's quantum stakeholders across borders and sectors to drive innovation, talent development, economic growth, and positive social impact.

Establish Greater Washington as the global “capital of quantum,” recognized as a top-five quantum region by market size and talent pool.

Help prepare 10,000 women and people of color to join our region’s quantum workforce by 2030.

Serve as a neutral public square for collaboration among the public sector, academia, industry, community, and investors to accelerate the value of quantum.

Quantum Computer

Our Quantum Future: Some Assembly Required

"Our Quantum Future: Some Assembly Required" is a whitepaper that articulates the value proposition for a Quantum Policy & Ethics Center to assembly cross-sector experts, both domestic and international, in an open collaborative forum to investigate and develop solutions for the governance of quantum technologies.


At the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. from November 29-December 1, leaders from around the world gathered to spotlight the transformational impact quantum science and technology will have across global industry, government, and society. The Quantum World Congress will establish Greater Washington as the go-to destination and meeting place for quantum technology visionaries, policymakers, researchers, business and investment leaders, and students and showcased major trends in quantum solutions, research, education, workforce, thought leadership, policy, business and investment. 

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Pillars of innovation.

To achieve maximum regional impact, PQIC's work is rooted in five pillars supporting four key regional industry growth sectors: life sciences and healthcare; energy and environment; national security and cybersecurity; and transportation, logistics, and space technology.


Education & Workforce

Attract, develop, and retain quantum talent across Greater Washington


Research & Development

Facilitate innovation via a regional open networked platform of technologies, expertise, research, and IP


Market Acceleration

Accelerate regional quantum venture development, market adoption, and investment via an informed loop between funders, builders, and buyers


Policy & Standards

Serve as a focal point for national quantum policy, legal, regulatory, standards, and supply chain expertise


Funding & Marketing

Establish Greater Washington as a beacon for investment and convening

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Together, we can make a quantum leap.

Explore PQIC's Programs

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Building a quantum-ready workforce in Greater Washington

PQIC Quantum Academy aims to have Greater Washington be recognized as a top-five quantum-ready region by talent pool. The Quantum Academy will prepare our communities for immediate and future quantum jobs by developing an equitable and scalable regional talent pipeline via experiential learning and curricula development, a knowledge hub, awareness building, competitions and hackathons, workforce pipelines and training, and international collaborations

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Accelerating a scalable and inclusive regional quantum innovation environment

PQIC Quantum Innovation Hubs will accelerate quantum investment and R&D by enabling stakeholders to collaboratively create, deploy, and scale quantum use cases, pilots, and testbeds to accelerate commercial products and services. The Hubs will utilize a shared model to facilitate interoperability, standardization of processes, regional integration, and access to equipment and software



Connecting the World's quantum ecosystem

The Quantum World Congress is a net-new, large-scale, cross-sector, multi-domain event convening and connecting the world's quantum ecosystem. The inaugural event occurred in Washington, DC on November 29 – December 1, 2022.

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Strengthening USA's role in socially responsible quantum development 

PQIC Quantum Policy & Ethics Center is a multi-institutional research and training Center that will establish a national and global dialogue forum; facilitate dialogue between multi-disciplinary experts; conduct research and analysis; publish marquee thought leadership; provide quantum industry and solutions advisory services; and build capacity through training resources and tools.

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Explore Quantum Resources


Quantum mechanics explains how the universe works at a sub-atomic level. The first quantum revolution enabled the invention of the laser and transistor, the basic building block of computers, and devices were built following the rules of quantum mechanics. Today, the second quantum revolution focuses on controlling individual quantum systems, such as charged molecules, to a greater extent than before, enabling more powerful applications of quantum information. 

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Advances in our understanding of quantum mechanics has led to an understandable need to classify how we’re conducting research, developing solutions, and deepening our understanding in various fields. This classification is what we're calling Quantum Domains:  quantum computing, quantum sensing, quantum materials, and quantum communications.


The promise of quantum through computing, sensing, materials, and communications will impact all major traditional sectors and industries. PQIC completed an assessment of major industries in the region that will face the first wave of impact and selected four to focus on: Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, Transportation & Space Technology, and National Security.

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