ACS Canberra will be hosting the 25th annual conference in the nation’s capital this September.

'Quantum. Change. Disrupting Canberra' will bring together ICT professionals from the ACT and beyond to hear from industry leaders about what a quantum future might look like.

As breakthroughs in quantum computing continue and we prepare for a quantum computer more powerful than anything we’ve seen so far, the ICT sector must begin to prepare for the inevitable changes such technology will bring.

Leading this discussion in his plenary keynote will be founder and CEO of quantum cyber security company Quintessence Labs, Dr Vikram Sharma.

Sharma has worked in the quantum cyber security field since the early 2000s. Seeing the value in the technology, he moved to the Australian National University where he worked with the Quantum Optics Group.

In 2008 he founded Quintessence Labs with the vision of creating the strongest security foundation for data.

Since its inception, Quintessence Labs has gained recognition within the industry including being named as global runner-up in IBM’s SmartCamp competition in 2013, and being listed in Westpac’s Top 20 Businesses of Tomorrow last year.

Joining Sharma at the conference will also be the 2017 ACT Young Woman of the Year, Dr Francesca Maclean.

Maclean is a consultant in the Cities Economics & Planning team at Arup and Engineer in Residence at Swinburne University.

Alongside her academic successes, Maclean is also a passionate advocate for gender equality in STEM and in 2015 co-founded student-run gender equity movement Fifty50.

The conference will be opened by ACS President Yohan Ramasundara.

Attendees will be able tailor their conference experience to their interests, with speakers and panels divided into Leadership, Education, Data Management, Cyber Security and Futures streams.

The day of discussion will be followed by networking cocktails and a Gala Dinner at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

To register click here.