Speakers

Andrew Fursman
Chief Executive Officer, 1QBit

Andrew is the cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of 1QBit - the world’s first software company dedicated to building applications for quantum computers. He has been recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, is a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of Computing, and presents technical topics to general audiences at venues such as Davos, the UN, government summits and technology conferences around the world.

Andrew has worked with a range of organizations including the Canadian Federal Government and AOL Time Warner's Voice Services Division, where he was focused on speech recognition analysis. Andrew founded a number of small technology companies while pursuing degrees in Economics from the University of Waterloo and Philosophy and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. He was accepted to the first full cohort of Singularity University's Graduate Studies Program, focused on the policy, law and ethics of exponential technologies. While based at NASA’s Ames research center in Silicon Valley he cofounded the earth observation company Satellogic before completing grad school in Financial Engineering at Stanford's MS&E program in Hong Kong. After cofounding the British Columbia Based Venture Capital Corporation Minor Capital, Andrew relocated to Vancouver in 2012 to found 1QBit.

When he is not traveling to advance quantum software, Andrew spends his time in British Columbia, Canada working with the team at 1QBit. Aside from his work on quantum computers, Andrew indulges his passions for kayaking in the gulf islands and exploring practical applications of microbiology; his small laboratory on Vancouver Island is dedicated to experiments with saccharomyces cerevisiae.