Global Quantum Programming Workshop | QSilver | May 17-22, 2021

You have some introductory knowledge on the basics of quantum computing and programming and want to learn more? Take part in the Global Quantum Programming Workshop | QSilver and expand your knowledge. During this 1-week workshop, we will take the path through complex numbers to Shor’s Algorithm!


Global Quantum Programming Workshop | QSilver is a one-week online workshop on quantum computing and quantum programming based on the intermediate material Silver prepared by QWorld. The scope of the QSilver workshop covers complex numbers and Bloch sphere, Quantum Fourier Transform and Shor’s Algorithm.

Silver is a task-based tutorial composed of Jupyter notebooks. Participants will be completing the tutorial with the mentoring support through Discord as well as the live sessions which will be conducted by the QWorld team.

Homework will be given daily and the participants who successfully complete the homework will be awarded a Silver diploma.

Our Team

Program director: Özlem Salehi (QWorld)
Organizer: QEducation Department 
Marketing: Agnieszka Wolska (QWorld)
Workshop leaders: Özlem Salehi (QTurkey), Maksims Dimitriejvs (QLatvia), Jibran Rashid (QPakistan), Abdullah Khalid (QPakistan), Aurél Gábris (QCzech)
Mentors: Erdem Yiğit Ertörer, Saptarshi Sahoo, Aleksandra Lipińska, Nitya Devaraj, Vishal Sharathchandra Bajpe, Lorraine Tsitsi Majiri, Pinara Evren Korkmazgil, Mahnoor Fatima, Shisheer S Kaushik, Anuj Mehrotra, Marija Šćekić, Shantanu Misra
Technical Help: Arda Çınar (QTurkey)

Contact: qeducation [at]


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Silver is an intermediate quantum programming tutorial that uses Qiskit and Cirq frameworks. Each notebook consists of some theoretical background about the subject, and programming tasks. While it seems like a quantum programming tutorial, quantum computing concepts are eventually taught through programming.

Silver is designed for everyone with a basic knowledge of quantum computing concepts like qubits, quantum gates and quantum circuits and some hand-on experience in quantum programming. No background in physics is required as it focuses on programming and mathematical aspects.

The content is divided into 5 sections.

  • Introduction to complex numbers (Basics of complex numbers, quantum states and operators with complex numbers)
  • Bloch Sphere (Global and local phase, Bloch sphere, operations on Bloch sphere)
  • Operations with Complex Numbers (Quantum gates with complex numbers, operations on Bloch sphere)
  • Quantum Fourier Transform and its applications
  • Shor’s algorithm

Bronze does not involve any complex numbers which facilitates the learning process and allows visualization of states and gates in 2D plane. Silver starts by introducing the complex numbers and discusses quantum states and quantum operators with complex numbers alongside with the introduction of Bloch Sphere. The rest of the tutorial is devoted to Quantum Fourier Transform and its applications, including quantum phase estimation and order finding and finally Shor’s algorithm is introdcued.

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The workshop will be held during 6 consecutive days with approximately requiring 18 hours of training. Participants are expected to follow the workshop materials and complete the tasks on their own. Each day, there will be a live session at 15:00 GMT about the content of the day and participants will have a chance to ask their questions. During the day and after the live session, participants will be working on their own on the day’s material while getting help from the mentors in the Discord channel. The topics to be covered each day by the participants is given below:

May 13 Thursday:
Welcome meeting, introducing Discord and Canvas, information about installation

May 17 Monday:
Introduction to complex numbers

May 18 Tuesday:
Bloch Sphere, operators with complex numbers

May 19 Wednesday:
Quantum Fourier Transform

May 20 Thursday:
Revision day! No new notebook will be covered

May 21 Friday:
Quantum phase estimation, order finding algorithm

May 22 Saturday:
Shor’s Algorithm

Homework and Diploma

We will use Canvas learning management system for homework tracking. Homework will be given on a daily basis and it will involve both multiple choice questions and coding assignments. Participants who earn 70/100 within the deadline will be awarded QSilver diploma.

Join our workshops for happy learning!