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Name: Toby Penk

NYU affiliation: Stern

NYU status: Graduate

Did you enter last year?: No

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Concept Name



High Concept Statement

Codecademy for quantum computing: teaching young people to code quantum algorithms, democratizing the next generation of computational technology.


Status Quo

Coding skill is not fully democratic: it accrues disproportionately to the wealthy and to men. Because quantum computing requires a new way of thinking and developing code, it presents an opportunity for currently disadvantaged groups to be “in on the ground floor” of the quantum computing revolution.



Large firms like IBM and Google have quantum computing services, and some of them are available to developers via the cloud; additionally, D-Wave (and likely soon other firms) offer primitive quantum computers for sale. These services present two barriers: one, firms do not offer education in quantum coding methods, meaning only specialists stand to use them; and two, the cost of services and devices is astronomical.



This product will not deliver quantum computing services; it will be focused on preparing a generation to operate them. Because no current education platforms offer this service, ours will be at the forefront of a new segment that will grow with quantum computing ubiquity.


Revenue Model

Any user can access the lessons for free in an environment monetized by advertisements; additionally, users can purchase a subscription to suppress ads and see additional content.


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