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Public Quantum Network Launch Event, November 4, 2023 from 1-4pm at the Urbana Free Library

Public Quantum Network Launch Event

Event Type
Reception/Open House
IQUIST & Urbana Free Library
Urbana Free Library, Busey Mills Reading Room, MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room
Nov 4, 2023   1:00 - 4:00 pm  
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Quantum science is coming to the neighborhood!

When scientists begin to see how nature works at the most fundamental levels, they are able to revolutionize the world. From MRI machines to GPS to the insides of your phone, quantum science is hard at work. It's time for people of all ages to have access to this scientific frontier in real time, and imagine new possibilities for the 21st century. That’s why the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is partnering with The Urbana Free Library and the local nonprofit Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) to make real quantum connections over optical fiber.

Join us to celebrate the launch of the first publicly accessible quantum network in the nation. The Urbana Free Library is the first connection to what will be a larger network across Champaign-Urbana and the region. See for yourself how quantum particles can "affect" each other no matter the distance between them, through a live demonstration of the experiment for which the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded in 2022. Come on over, do some science, and help us build technologies of the future. There will be activities for all ages from kids to adults. Refreshments will be provided throughout.

 Event timeline:

  • 1:00-1:45 PM: Enjoy hands-on activities about quantum science and technology.
  • 1:45-2:00 PM: Welcoming and opening statements from Dean Rashid Bashir, Mayor Diane Marlin, UC2B 23-24 Board co-chair Paul Hixson, and a representative from The Urbana Free Library.
  • 2:00-2:30 PM: Listen to a talk about the Public Quantum Network and see a live demonstration.
  • 2:30-4:00 PM: Enjoy hands-on activities about quantum science and technology.

The Library is committed to making programs accessible for all. If you need an accommodation to attend a program, please let the Library know at least two weeks in advance. To request an accommodation, contact the Programming and Outreach Manager via email at or via phone at 217-367-4057.

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