PQIC Status Updates - September 2021

This page contains the latest Potomac Quantum Innovation Center (PQIC) program updates. Please subscribe through our website to receive periodic updates or to contact us. Last updated September 8, 2021.

Highlights & Milestones

  • Welcomed David Iannucci (Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation) and Paul Stimers (Quantum Industry Coalition; K&L Gates) to the PQIC Steering Committee

  • Held the 2nd PQIC Steering Committee meeting on August 25, which focused on the We Are Greater Washington joint regional funding coalition efforts

  • Unveiled overarching PQIC Goals aligned with our mission 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:

--Top 5 in 5 Years: PQIC aims to have Greater Washington be recognized as a top five quantum-ready region in five years by market size and talent pool.

--10,000 by 2030: PQIC will help prepare 10,000 women and people of color in our region to join the quantum workforce by 2030.

--50 Nodes by 2023: PQIC will industrialize quantum innovation by networking regional institutions through a shared platform to spur the next wave of applications, solutions, companies, and IP.

  • In line with these goals, PQIC unveiled two flagship program areas: PQIC Academy (aligning with our Education & Workforce pillar) and PQIC Labs (aligning with our Research & Development pillar). Read more about these programs in our PQIC Overview (PDF).

Progress Updates


Education & Workforce

  • Held two meetings of the Quantum K-12 Brain Trust with participating school districts around Greater Washington to develop a regional quantum awareness, skills, and experiential learning program for K-12 students and educators

  • Divided the Quantum K-12 Brain Trust into the two groups focusing on developing programs in joint curriculum building and experiential learning

  • Submitted a grant proposal to the Catalyze Challenge for a pilot project focused on quantum awareness raising and experiential learning at a public high school in the region

  • Executed a partnership agreement with Credly, a digital credentials agency, and began developing a badging program for PQIC Academy

  • Launched the initial version of the “Understanding Quantum” primer with information on quantum basics, technology domains, and PQIC’s focus growth sectors (life sciences, energy and environment, transportation and space tech, and national security)

  • Conducted an inventory of quantum education and training programs and capabilities at major universities in the region

  • Participated in QED-C Workforce TAC meetings

Research & Development

  • Forming brain trusts to advance the strategy and design for the Quantum for Life Sciences (Q4LS) and Quantum for Energy & Environment (Q4EE) industry cohorts

  • Conducted an inventory of quantum research assets and capabilities at major universities in the region

  • Developing the DMV Quantum Shared Infrastructure model with George Mason University, Georgetown University, Howard University, and other partners

Market Acceleration

  • PQIC participated as an Advisory Board member of the newly launched Quantum Startup Foundry (QSF) at UMD; see here for the most recent QSF updates; register for the Quantum Investment Summit (Tuesday, October 12) here

Policy & Standards

  • Developing framework with partners to build out a quantum supply chain and manufacturing capability

  • Submitted a proposal to NIST’s Manufacturing USA Technology Roadmap (MfgTech) Grant Program focused on building an technology roadmap for quantum computing, sensing, communications, and materials

  • Conducting discussions with regional and national stakeholders to form a quantum policy and ethics initiative

Funding & Marketing

  • Executing strategic joint regional funding pursuits with partners

  • Developing the delivery model and founding partnerships for launching an annual global event based in the region

Operations

  • Developed new PQIC brand, logo, website (www.pqic.org), and collateral (PQIC Overview)

  • Developing closer coordination with the Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance (MQA) on regional operations and programs, including a biweekly webinar series to launch in Fall 2021

Upcoming Meetings & Events