A Week with the Quantum Computers

I had the most incredible of weeks at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing for the Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students. We spent hours every day working our way through graduate-level physics and mathematics that culminated in us building our very own (rudimentary) quantum key distribution system! As always, my favourite part of the experience was the people – meeting like-minded kids from all over the world was amazing. Breakfast conversation involved representing the sombrero model of the Higgs Boson with cereal bowls, there was never an end to jokes about superposition and/or entanglement, and “Alice”, “Bob” and “Eve” became almost like friends (except maybe when “Eve” was trying to maliciously hack our system!)

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