From the 42 emerging scientific topics covered by GESDA, Quantum Computing was identified as a technology with great transformative capability requiring a science and diplomacy mobilisation to ensure global access and benefits. A task force involving scientists, diplomats, industry leaders and philanthropists was set up to devise a solution to ensure the positive impact of the technology is maximized, whilst its risks are mitigated. This collective effort led to the idea of the Open Quantum Institute (OQI).
The OQI proposal unveiled at GESDA Summit in 2022 benefitted from significant traction in the quantum community and with diplomacy stakeholders. The Summit enabled gathering comments from all GESDA communities: academic, diplomatic, impact and citizens on the solution idea, feeding the final positive evaluation by GESDA’s board and its decision to incubate the OQI.
The OQI incubation effectively consisted in prototyping the OQI’s activities by GESDA and its community. The incubation brought our 4A’s to life, and also served to confirm the funding and a sustainable governance for the OQI, paving the way for its effective launch in 2024.
The OQI will be launched in Q1 2024 for an initial pilot phase of 3 years. As the OQI grows, the partners are looking forward to a future where the SDGs are in reach and believe that the OQI and its extended network will play a crucial role in realising this vision.
The OQI’s vision is to create a market of quantum use cases for the Sustainable Development Goals by 2026. These use cases demonstrate the tangible action we are taking to help accelerate our progress towards the SDGs.
OQI Partners are institutions (such as quantum computing providers, education providers, leading expert organizations from private or public sector, or institutions represented in the OQI Advisory Committee) recognized as a credible participant in the scientific and/or diplomatic community.
OQI Members are institutions such as NGOs, IGOs, countries, or organizations with leading expertise in quantum computing, application domains, specific use case areas, SDGs, impact, diplomacy, governance and other related fields from the public, private and philanthropic sector) recognized as a credible participant in the scientific and/or diplomatic community.
OQI Friends are individuals (such as experts from the private or public sector, countries, citizens) who are committed to open science, inclusivity and all values as set out in OQI’s charter and associate themselves with the OQI.
Friends represent the OQI to their communities, abiding to OQI values.
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