February 15-26. The vPlus Festival is an online festival from Potential Plus UK, full of workshops, webinars and discussions for young people with enquiring minds, their families and schools.


Introduction to Quantum Computing – Jessica Pointing – Ages 5-8

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Introduction to Quantum Computing – Jessica Pointing – Ages 5-8

Ages 5-8

Solving certain types of problems can take billions of years on our current conventional computers. Quantum computers, however, could potentially solve these types of problems in just seconds. Quantum computers have the potential to impact many fields, such as machine learning, medicine, and energy systems. What is possible in the future? How do quantum computers work? Jessica Pointing will explore these questions and more during this primer on quantum computing.

This session is a repeat of the Family Session from Wednesday 17th February, adapted for a younger audience.

Session Presenter

Jessica Pointing giving a presentation

Jessica Pointing

Jessica Pointing is a PhD student in Physics at the University of Oxford specializing in quantum computing. She got her bachelor’s degree in Physics and Computer Science at Harvard as a John Harvard Scholar, and was a B.S. student at MIT and PhD student in Computer Science at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. Jessica was selected for Forbes 30 under 30 in Science and has interned as a researcher at KBR at NASA Ames Research Center, a software engineer at Google, a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, and a strategist at Morgan Stanley.

Event Hours(1)

  • Tues 23rd Feb

    09.30 - 10.30

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We are grateful to the Government for funding this festival free through the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund


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