Qiskit Global Summer School

A two-week intensive summer school designed to empower the next generation of quantum developers and scientists with the knowledge to explore quantum applications on their own.

July 20-31, 2020

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What is the Qiskit Global Summer School?

Qiskit Global Summer School is a two-week intensive summer school designed to empower the next generation of quantum developers with the knowledge to explore quantum applications on their own. The curriculum covers quantum computing preliminaries before focusing on two key areas: superconducting devices and quantum chemistry applications.

The Qiskit Global Summer School is based on premium training provided to our IBM Quantum interns. We are incredibly excited to make this educational opportunity open to a broad audience. The lectures of the Qiskit Global Summer School will be thorough, and our team of quantum computing experts with extensive teaching experience will cover all steps of the calculations.

Each day of the Qiskit Global Summer School consists of 3 hours of lectures followed by an hour-long hands-on programming lab where we implement quantum programs in Qiskit.

Prerequisites

Minimal prerequisites are required for the Qiskit Global Summer School. If you know how to multiply two matrices, and have some programming experience in Python, you are ready for the Qiskit Global Summer School.

You can brush up on Python programming before attending the lectures by using the Qiskit Textbook. To make the most out of these lectures, you may also consider looking through the linear algebra prerequisites section of the Qiskit Textbook.

Location

The Qiskit Global Summer School is invite-only, and will be hosted virtually. Limited recordings may be made available following the lectures.

Invitations will be distributed prior to the event. Interested applicants should apply here.

Curriculum

Each day of the Qiskit Global Summer School consists of 3 hours of lectures followed by an hour-long hands-on programming lab where we implement quantum programs in Qiskit.

Week 1: July 20-24

  • Monday, July 20

    • 9:00 - 12:00 EDT Lecture: Qubits and Quantum States, Quantum Circuits, Measurements
      Lecturer: Elisa Bäumer
    • 13:00 - 14:00 EDT Hands-on Programming with Qiskit
      Lab Lead: Abraham Asfaw
  • Tuesday, July 21

    • 9:00 - 12:00 EDT Lecture: Writing and Running Quantum Programs
      Lecturer: Elisa Bäumer
    • 13:00 - 14:00 EDT Hands-on Programming with Qiskit
      Lab Lead: Abraham Asfaw
  • Wednesday, July 22

    • 9:00 - 12:00 EDT Lecture: Shor's Algorithm I: Understanding Quantum Fourier Transform, Quantum Phase Estimation
      Lecturer: Abraham Asfaw
    • 13:00 - 14:00 EDT Hands-on Programming with Qiskit
      Lab Lead: Abraham Asfaw
  • Thursday, July 23

    • 9:00 - 12:00 EDT Lecture: Shor's algorithm II: From Factoring to Period-Finding, Writing the Quantum Program
      Lecturer: Abraham Asfaw
    • 13:00 - 14:00 EDT Hands-on Programming with Qiskit
      Lab Lead: Abraham Asfaw
  • Friday, July 24

    • 9:00 - 12:00 EDT Lecture: Quantum Error Correction using Repetition Codes
      Lecturer: James Wootton
    • 13:00 - 14:00 EDT Hands-on Programming with Qiskit
      Lab Lead: James Wootton

Week 2: July 27-31

  • Monday, July 27

    • 9:00 - 12:00 EDT Lecture: Superconducting Qubits I: Quantizing a Harmonic Oscillator, Josephson Junctions
      Lecturer: Zlatko Minev
    • 13:00 - 14:00 EDT Hands-on Programming with Qiskit
      Lab Lead: Nick Bronn
  • Tuesday, July 28

    • 9:00 - 12:00 EDT Lecture: Superconducting Qubits II: Circuit Quantum Electrodynamics, Readout and Calibration Methods
      Lecturer: Zlatko Minev
    • 13:00 - 14:00 EDT Hands-on Programming with Qiskit
      Lab Lead: Nick Bronn
  • Wednesday, July 29

    • 9:00 - 12:00 EDT Lecture: Quantum Chemistry I: Obtaining the Qubit Hamiltonian for H2 and LiH
      Lecturer: Abhinav Kandala & Antonio Mezzacapo
    • 13:00 - 14:00 EDT Hands-on Programming with Qiskit
      Lab Lead: Abhinav Kandala & Antonio Mezzacapo
  • Thursday, July 30

    • 9:00 - 12:00 EDT Lecture: Quantum Chemistry II: Finding the Ground States of H2 and LiH Using a Variational Quantum Eigensolver
      Lecturer: Abhinav Kandala & Antonio Mezzacapo
    • 13:00 - 14:00 EDT Hands-on Programming with Qiskit
      Lab Lead: Abhinav Kandala & Antonio Mezzacapo

Commencement on Qiskit Live

Friday, July 31 at 9:30 - 11:30 EDT

To commence our school, we will be hosting a panel discussion showcasing the diverse perspectives and skills that are important for developing a career in quantum computing. Our panelists will discuss their journeys and how you can take advantage of your own interdisciplinary skills and perspectives to secure a job in quantum computing and build your career. The panel will include quantum experts such as Jay Gambetta, Marina Radulaski, Steve Girvin, Monika Schleier-Smith, K. Birgitta Whaley, and John Preskill. After the Commencement, stay tuned to hear from Charlie Bennett on our weekly seminar series at 12 PM EDT!

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and set a reminder to watch the Commencement on Qiskit Live!

Code of Conduct

IBM Quantum is dedicated to providing an enjoyable and safe experience for all participants. In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, all participants, including attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, online contributors, and IBM employees are expected to show respect for each other and our community by creating a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation. Expected behavior applies to both online and offline engagement with the IBM Quantum Community.

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language.
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences.
  • Focusing on what is best for the community.
  • Showing empathy towards other community members.
  • Being mindful of your surroundings and your fellow participants and listening to others.
  • Valuing the contributions of Qiskit Camp participants.
  • Engaging in collaboration before conflict

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances, including inappropriate physical contact
  • Personal or political attacks.
  • Any demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior or speech.
  • Offensive or degrading language.
  • Publishing others' private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission.
  • Destruction or vandalism of personal property or event site or materials.
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting.

Harassment will not be tolerated in any form. Participants in the IBM Quantum Community should conduct themselves with respect and courtesy.

Pre-Event Concerns

If you are planning to attend an upcoming event and you have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please contact [email protected]. Action will be taken to ensure the safety of you and others at the event.

Reporting an Incident

Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior should be reported immediately by contacting [email protected] or by speaking directly with any IBM employee. IBM Quantum will review and investigate all complaints and will respond in a way that it deems appropriate to the circumstances. The organizers will maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident.

Incident Response

If a participant engages in negative or harmful behavior, the IBM Quantum may take any action they deem appropriate, including but not limited to issuing warnings, expulsion from an event with no refund, permanent banning from future events or online community, or calling local law enforcement. IBM Quantum has the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to temporarily or permanently ban any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.

IBM staff will provide support to victims, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing an escort
  • Contacting venue security or local law enforcement
  • Briefing event staff for response and victim assistance