In an effort to get more students, educators, developers, and domain experts with “quantum ready” skills, IBM has rolled out several new offerings, programs and tools for developers, researchers and educators who want to build these skills. The intended audience include undergraduate level college students, self-learners, and professors who may want to use some of this material to create new quantum computing courses. Not coincidentally, this will also build the base of people who are familiar with the IBM Q Experience as well as the Qiskit software platform who might become paying customers in the future.
The elements of this program include the following:
- An online, open-source textbook called Learn Quantum Computation Using Qiskit that will connect theory with practice and help students explore practical problem sets that can run on real quantum systems.
- A Coding With Qiskit video series on YouTube that will help students learn the Qiskit platform from the basics of initially installing the software, writing a “Hello World” application, and explain some fundamental quantum concepts using a Quantum Pong game. IBM is intending to upload a new episode every week and as of this writing they currently have four episodes posted on YouTube.
- New 5-qubit quantum computers intended for educators and academic members. These computers will offer a new feature, not previously available, that will allow users to reserve blocks of uninterrupted time for classroom demonstrations or experimentation.
- Finally, IBM will continue to expand the availability of various quantum related events including the IBM Q Awards, a University Hackathon Partnership Program, Qiskit Camps and the IBM Quantum Challenge. IBM will partner with universities and other organizations for these events. Universities interested in sponsoring a hackathon can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about these new programs from IBM, you can view their blog posting on the IBM Research web site here.