Q-CTRL has previously developed an online quantum learning platform called Black Opal to teach students about quantum technology and make quantum computing accessible to everyone. The program teaches fundamental concepts needed to understand quantum computing and includes an interactive visual coding environment that allows students to better understand qubit operations. There is a basic version available for free, but the Pro version is priced at $19.99 per month or about $120 for a full year license.

In order to promote diversity and inclusion to make the technology more accessible, Q-CTRL has teamed up with the Quad Investors Network to provide fully subsidized licenses of Black Opal to students who attend  Technical and Further Education (TAFE) vocational training institutions in Australia and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the US. The IBM-HBCU Quantum Center will support this initiative and facilitate Black Opal access to its member institutions. Implementation of this program will start in 2024 and it is expected the program will eventually be expanded to other educational institutions in the U.S., Australia, India, and Japan in the future.

Additional information can be found in a press release posted on the Q-CTRL website here.

October 29, 2023