Effort Led by Coalition Including EPB Quantum NetworkSM powered by Qubitekk, Community Leaders, Universities, Schools and Companies

EPB of Chattanooga and Qubitekk have joined with a range of educational, non-profit and corporate partners in launching GigCityGoesQuantum.com, an interactive web site with a variety of educational resources to engage people of all ages in 1,000+ Quantum Learning Activities to celebrate World Quantum Day, beginning April 14 through May 31. 

Gig City Goes Quantum is an initiative to prepare for education, jobs and business opportunities in the emerging quantum technology sector by leveraging EPB Quantum NetworkSM powered by Qubitekk to accelerate the commercialization of quantum technologies. Efforts focus on collaboration with community leaders, universities, schools and companies, starting in Chattanooga and spreading cooperatively across the U.S. 

“The Chattanooga community’s excitement about growing a quantum ecology can serve as a jumping off point for cities across the country,” said Qubitekk President, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder Dr. Duncan Earl. “The kind of momentum underway here is exactly what the quantum technology industry needs to meet the opportunities that exist for the future.”

“Gig City Goes Quantum begins with education and workforce preparation, so that Chattanoogans are ready to succeed in the information technology jobs of tomorrow,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. “Thanks to an incredible collaboration of partners from across the community, hundreds of residents and students from elementary schools to university will begin learning about quantum technologies for the first time.”

“We are fortunate students in our public schools have instant access to this cutting edge technology, which will not only benefit this rapidly emerging economic sector but also enhance our workforce,” said Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp.

Learning for All Ages and Settings

Quantum Learning Events were collected and curated with support from Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga State Community College, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), Chattanooga 2.0, Public Education Foundation Chattanooga, National Science Foundation, National Q-12 Education Partnership, EPB, Qubitekk and Xairos. 

“UTC is committed to positioning our students to apply what they learn on campus to advance quantum technology when they graduate,” said Dr. Steve Angle, chancellor of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which will host a quantum node connected to EPB Quantum Network. “Whether students are undergraduate physics majors or adult learners looking to add to their experience, UTC is preparing our students to excel in this emerging field.”

“ChattState is focused on growing a talent base for supporting the quantum economy and positioning our students to be in high demand for this dynamic industry,” said Chattanooga State Community College President Dr. Rebecca Ashford. “Having access to the resources of EPB’s fiber optic network and EPB Quantum Network means our students can learn from the best while preparing for the jobs of the future.” 

“Gig City Goes Quantum inspires the kind of interest and intensity in a field that our students will apply to emerging opportunities in the future,” said Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Justin Robertson. “Quantum Learning Activities like these are just the beginning of the kind of unique opportunities Hamilton County Schools students can expect as we fulfill our commitments for every student to learn and belong.”

Access to National Experts

In addition to a wide range of resources at GigCityGoesQuantum.com, livestream events feature nationally recognized quantum experts across various quantum disciplines, including Duncan Earl who designed EPB Quantum Network.

“Tyner Academy is fortunate to host Dr. Earl and bring quantum out of the movies and into our classrooms,” said Dr. Tiffany Earvin, principal at Tyner Academy which is home to EPB Future Ready Institute of Technology and Networking. “Our students are learning about cutting-edge innovation that’s almost unheard of in high school settings.”

Livestream events are open to anyone at GigCityGoesQuantum.com at the following times, and the recordings will be available for viewing after the live events conclude. (Events are open to media with RSVP to [email protected].) 

Chattanooga State Community College

Discussion: The Coming Quantum Age by Qubitekk President, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder Dr. Duncan Earl

EPB Future Ready Institute of Technology and Networking at Tyner Academy

Hands-on Demonstration: Why did Albert Einstein call quantum physics “spooky action at a distance?” by Qubitekk’s Dr. Duncan Earl. Note: This event is open to the media, but not the general public. All are welcome to join the Live Stream and view the recording after the event.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Quantum computing by Oak Ridge National Lab Distinguished Research Scientist Dr. Raphael Pooser 

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Quantum networking by Xairos Chief Scientist Dr. James Troupe

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Quantum sensing by UTC Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Tian Li

Be a part of reaching the goal of completing 1,000+ Quantum Learning Activities and Win

Free activities at GigCityGoesQuantum.com were developed by national and local educators, physicists, workforce development professionals and entrepreneurs. Learning materials can be used in various settings and ages, from students 5th grade through university, and anyone with a curious mind.

Visitors to GigCityGoesQuantum.com are asked to register their participation to count toward the goal of completing 1,000+ Quantum Learning Activities. Anyone who registers will have a chance to win an Echo Show 10.

Participating organizations in Gig City Goes Quantum include Chattanooga 2.0, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga State Community College, City of Chattanooga, CO.LAB, The Enterprise Center, EPB, Hamilton County Schools, Hamilton County Government, Public Education Foundation, Qubitekk, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Xairos.