Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We have worked for over fifteen years to advance quantum computing, including working to develop a scalable, universal, programmable quantum computing system and to create the hardware and software required to support it. Our team of experts in quantum physics, mathematics, computer science, and engineering has collaborated with universities, industry, and government on cross-cutting research that aims to make scalable quantum computing a reality.

At Microsoft, we believe the quality of qubits is the key to creating a scalable quantum computer to rapidly solve today’s large and complex problems, and our topological qubit approach provides distinct scaling advantage. To achieve rapid scale, we are co-developing a “full quantum stack” that consists of scalable quantum hardware, software, and control system to program the quantum computer, as well as the applications and algorithms to run on it. We’re passionate about developing the quantum workforce today by unlocking quantum programming with the Microsoft Quantum Development Kit and Q# quantum programming language. Together, our global team and worldwide collaborators combine theoretical insights with experimental breakthroughs to develop the hardware and software to enable quantum computing technology.


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory, advances the frontiers of knowledge, taking on some of the world’s greatest science and technology challenges. We perform research supporting the missions of several U.S. federal agency sponsors including the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

PNNL’s strengths in quantum information science include capabilities in algorithm development and programming, as well as expertise in materials synthesis and characterization, quantum chemistry applications, quantum sensing, and workforce development. Our scalable, open source high-performance computational chemistry toolkit, NWChem, enables quantum solutions to complex chemistry and materials physics problems.


The University of Washington is internationally renowned in research areas that are viewed as critical to the success of a Quantum-X initiative, which includes quantum information science, quantum sensing, quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum encryption. The UW’s areas of strength related to Quantum-X include: Quantum Materials (e.g. two-dimensional materials), Quantum Photonics (the interactions between light and materials), Quantum Sensing (including axion-search experiments, radiation detection and quantum-defect field sensing), Quantum Chemistry, Quantum Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Computational Physics, Quantum Simulation using High-Performance Computing across the domain sciences, and the eScience Institute. The UW’s expertise in these areas are distributed across the UW campus, residing mainly in Physics, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Material Science Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and the Allen School of Computer Science.

The UW’s core mission of developing scientists, engineers and ideas that change the world brings to the NQN a strong focus on innovative basic and applied research, cutting edge education and workforce development programs, and technology transfer and commercialization of the most promising developments from our laboratories.