The Quantum Information and CyberseQurity Think Tank

A think tank

Barcelonaqbit was founded at the CERN (Geneva) on January, 29th 2015. We are headquartered in Barcelona, which is a cosmopolitan, innovative and creative city. Barcelonaqbit is an initiative of the Sitges Innovation Club.

Interdisciplinary bridge

Linking Barcelona and Madrid; Spain and the international community; physicists, mathematicians, economists and engineers; universities, technological centers, companies, entrepreneurs and investors; the fundamental research, the technological development, the market and the society.

Independent. Absolutely

Barcelonaqbit does not depend on any administration, company or lobby. Our finances are supported by our members and activities.

Business and market oriented

Our main focus is evaluating the social and economic impact of the quantum information, its go-to-market and its business opportunities.

Entangling international cities

Most of the Barcelonaqbit members and partenrs are based in Barcelona, Madrid and Málaga, with peers in Boston, London, Miami, Moscow, San José de Costa Rica, etc.

Different areas and paces

Computing, cryptography, simulation and telecommunications have different paces regarding their development and their potential for the go-to-market. Nowadays, many companies commercialize different quantum devices.


Management Team


Alfonso Rubio-Manzanares

Team Leader



Tatiana Kourochkina

INT. REL. Manager

History of art & science


Eduard Xalabarder

Partners Manager

Telecom. Engineer


Alfred Causi

COM. Manager

Telecom. Engineer


Oscar Sala

Quantum Forum Manager

Computer Engineer


Jordi Marin

Enterprise Manager



Xumeu Planells, PhD

Committees Manager



Gerard Garcia

Investors Manager



Mario Maawad

CyberseQurity Manager

Computer Engineer


Ramsés Gallego

Quantum Evangelist



Maria Adele Simone

Brand & Events Manager

Business Com.


Edgar Jordà

Innovation Ecosystem Manager

Lic & MBA Marketing


Pere Martínez

ICT Ecosystem Manager

ICT Entrepreneur


Aleix Valls

Mobile Tech Manager

MSc Mathematician


Roger Bou

Tech Business Manager



Francisco Vargas

Digital Planner



Jacint Berengueras

Data Scientist Manager

Business Admin.


Victor Gaspar

Machine Learning Manager

Computer Engineer


Ramon Cano

Defense & Aerospace Manager

Business Admin.


Giorgio Maritan

Startups Manager



Albert Gil

Social Media Manager

Computer Engr. Student

International Partners


Carlos Belmonte

Telecom. Engineer

Beijing (China) / Barcelona (Spain)


Juan Pedro Trillo


London (UK)


Raúl Martín

Computer Engineer

Miami (USA)


Blai Garolera, PhD

Theoretical Physics

San José (Costa Rica)


Borja Peropadre, PhD

Theoretical Physics

Boston (USA)


Marco Cerezo, PhD student

Theoretical Physics

Buenos Aires (Argentina)


Israel Villalba, PhD

Experimental Physics

Leipzig (Germany)


Pol Forn-Díaz, PhD

Experimental Physics

Waterloo (Canada)


Joan Arnau, PhD student

Theoretical Physics

Marseille (France)

Area Leaders


Enrique Rubio-Manzanares


Computer Engineer


Eric Marcos


Computer Engineer


Elisabet Cuesta




David Arcos


Telecom. & Electronics Engineer


Eduard Martín


Computer Engineer


Juvenal Machín

Ethical Challenges

Computer Engineer

Advisory Board


Daniel Marco

Industrial Engineer


Nuria Oliver

Telecom. Engineer


Fernando Llombart

Computer Engineer


Elisa Martín



Daniel Franco

Computer Engineer


Josep M. Vilà

Industrial & Computer Engineer


Nuria Castell

Computer Engineer


Josep M. Martorell



Manel Medina

Telecom. Engineer

Go-to-Market Hits

1981 – Physicists meeting, led by Richard Feynman, in MIT. The basis of quantum computing are set.

2002 – ICFO is founded (Read more).

2012 – Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder) and CIA’s investment arm (In-Q-Tel) invert in D-Wave Systems, the company that’s working on the first quantum computer (Read more).

2012 – A particle is sent from the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (island of La Palma) to Tenerife (Read more).

2013 – Ignacio Cirac wins the Wolf Prize in Physics, the most prestigious awards after the Nobel Prize (Read more).

2013 – Google and NASA found the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab in California and buy D-Wave Two (Read more).

2013 – Mike Lazaridis, co-founder of RIM/BlackBerry, founds the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo (Canada) (Read more).

2013 – Microsoft establishes QuArc, a research group focused on quantum architecture and computing (Read more).

2014 – SK Telecom introduces its new quantum cryptography devices (Read more).

2014 – Y Combinator and some investment groups found Rigetti, a company focused on creating commercial quantum systems (Read more).

2015 – Barcelonaqbit (bqb) is created in CERN (Geneva, Switzerland). Bqb is the first think thank about quantum information and it is focused on the go-to-market and business of quantum computing and cryptography (Read more).

2015 – For the first time a conference about quantum computing is sponsored by multinational technology companies, such as Google and Lockheed Martin (Read more).

2015 – Antoni Massanell (VP of La Caixa) and Telefónica head, an European project about cybersecurity (Read more).

2015 – ATOS, a technology integration company, and ID Quantique sign an agreement to integrate their quantum cryptography devices (Read more).

2015 – Huawei announces a big investment to create the first technological center about quantum information.

2015 – IBM shows off a quantum computing chip (Read more).

2015 – Toshiba’s QKD system comes out on the market (Read more).

2015 – Google says it has proved its quantum computer really works (Read more).

2016 – Barcelonaqbit organizes the first international conference about quantum information and business in the Mobile World Congress (Read more).

2016 – Juan Ignacio Cirac joins the Telefónica Board of Directors (Read more and more).



Quantum information is in its infancy, but its market is going to expand in the coming years. It will move billions of dollars and will need thousands of new professionals.

A real revolution, a new technological age.

Countries such as Canada, China, Korea, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and USA (among other European countries) are working hard to make this new technology come true.

Investors such as Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Mike Lazaridis (RIM/Blackberry) and Serguei Beloussov. And investment funds such as Goldman Sachs, In-Q-Tel (CIA), Quantum Valley Investments and Y Combinator.

Companies such as 1QBit, Alibaba, ATOS, Baidu, Cambridge Quantum Computing, D-Wave, EvolutionQ, GAP Optique, Google, HP, Huawei, IBM, ID Quantique, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, NEC, NTT, Quantum Tech, Raytheon, Rigetti Computing, SeQureNet, SK Telecom, Telefónica and Toshiba.

Universities and technological centers such as Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Caltech, Centre for Quantum Technologies, ETH Zürich, Institute for Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Institute for Quantum Computing of the University of Waterloo (IQC Waterloo), Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, MIT, NASA, Perimeter Institute, QuArc,, Sandia National Labs, Russian Quantum Center (RQC), Technical University of Madrid (UPM), University of California, University of London and Watson Research Center.

Researchers and professionals such as Antonio Acín, Alexei Bocharov, Jerry M. Chow, Juan Ignacio Cirac, Eddie Farhi, Jay M. Gambetta, Maciej Lewenstein, Vicente Martín, John M. Martinis, Michele Mosca, Hartmut Neven, Jian-Wei Pan, Gregoire Ribordy, Chad Rigetti, Geordie Rose, Sean Seunghwan, Andrew Shields, Krysta M. Svore, Greg Tallant and Li Yang.

CV-QKD systems such as SECQC in Wien, UQCC in Tokyo or Swissquantum in Switzerland. There are networks in cities such as London and countries such as China, South Korea and the USA.


Bqb Strategical Areas


News and trends. Information and studies. Quantum Information Patents’ world map.


Quantum computing developers, the computing professionals with a great future.


Go-to-market analysis of a disruptive technology. Proposals for creating companies.


The best training itineraries to become a professional.


The first international business meeting about quantum information.

Ethical challenges

A new technology poses new ethical challenges. Quantum technology from a deontological point of view.

   Bqb Action Plan

World Map Patent on Quantum information
Objective information about the reality and the trends of quantum information. What’s being done, where’s being done and who’s doing it.
Are you interested?

“Future”, the first international community of quantum developers
We are going to work with a Google’s quantum simulator. Get ready for the future and enhance your professional portfolio.
Do you want to participate?

A complete training program
An introduction to quantum computing, an introduction to Google’s quantum simulator, an internship with Google’s quantum simulator and a stage in D-Wave Systems, the company that owns a quantum computer. Do not let this unique opportunity get away.
Are you up for it?

The first business meeting about quantum information
Companies are going to talk about their own real experiences and show their products. Professionals, researchers, businesspeople, investors…
Do you want to participate?


bqb noticias


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Agreement between bqb and Sinergia

    Two representations of barcelonaqbit and Sinergia met on March, 15th 2016 to reinforce its mutual agreement to work together. Sinergia is the agreement of 11 Catalan IT business companies on the behalf of 1,500 companies. Its president, Pere Martínez, has stated that, thanks to this agreement, the Catalan IT companies will be informed […]

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Quantum enters deeply into the MWC 2016

    Bqb organized a conference in which two specific proposals were launched to turn Barcelona into the international centre of “Quantum Information & CiberseQurity”: a translational research centre and the Quantum Information Forum. On February, 25th 2016, Barcelonaqbit, together with Mobile World Congress 2016, gathered leading academics and professionals on a 2-hours event in […]

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Agreement between bqb & ISACA Barcelona Chapter

    Qubit Institute will work on the CyberseQurity section of the Cibersecurity certification from ISACA Barcelona Chapter. On January, 29th 2016, ISACA Barcelona Chapter and barcelonaqbit have signed a collaboration agreement in order to work on the CiberseQurity section of the new international cybersecurity certification from ISACA. The term CyberseQurity is the short word […]

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The First EnQuentro Quántico

    Manel Medina, R&D Coodinator of APWG.EU, was named honorary member of bqb. On November, 26th 2015, the first EnQuentro Quántico (Quantum Meeting), organized by bqb, was held in Barcelona. 30 people (bqb members and professionals of the Catalan technology sector) attended the meeting. Manel Medina, professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and president […]

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A Gamma-Ray Telescopes Array to Be Placed in La Palma (Canarias, Spain)

    This project is led by Takaaki Kajita, PhD, Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 and director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (University of Tokyo), among others. The 20 telescopes Cherenkov are going to be placed in the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), located in the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos […]

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Most of the Bqb Founding Members Meet to Talk about Their Projects

    The new website and the presence in the social networks (LinkedIn and Twitter) will increase the Bqb community up to 500 members within the next year. On October, 16th 2015, Sitges (Barcelona) was chosen to hold the meeting of most of the Bqb‘s founding members. The management team evaluated the ongoing activities and […]

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CyberseQurity is a term created and registered by bqb referring to cybersecurity activities using devices and technologies based on quantum computing, cryptography and telecommunications. The term CyberseQurity can only be used with expressed consent from bqb.

The quantum bit (or qubit) is the analogue of the classical bit on quantum computing. The state of a classical bit is either 0 or 1, but the state of a qubit can be the superposition of both states too.

A quantum computer is a computer that makes use of quantum mechanics to manipulate and operate with data.

Because quantum computers can use quantum superposition phenomena to perform quantum parallelism. It is possible to perform operations simultaneously on multiple input values.

The simulation of quantum-mechanical systems in an efficient way, the factorization of large numbers and high-speed searching algorithms.

Yes, there are quantum random number generators, quantum key distribution systems and quantum computer prototypes.

A Quantum Key Distribution protocol (or QKD protocol) is a cryptographic key distribution protocol based on quantum mechanics’ properties. This is the basis of quantum cryptography.

Yes, there are some commercial devices performing QKD protocols on optical fibers. Some companies, such as ID Quantique and Toshiba, have created such commercial devices.

Quantum simulators are specific quantum-mechanical systems used to study other quantum-mechanical systems that are difficult to study in the laboratory and impossible to model with classical computers.

Boson sampling is a model for non-universal quantum computation which performs specific tasks that are thought to be hard to efficiently perform on a classical computer. By exploiting the processing power of quantum mechanics, the output photon number distribution of a linear optical interferometer with single photon inputs can be sampled. Unlike other models for quantum computation, boson sampling does not require any special quantum gate.


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