Dublin to make a quantum leap

Joe Fitzsimons’ Horizon Quantum Computing is to push the boundaries of technology as we know it from a new base in Dublin.

The future of computing is quantum computing and an Irishman is at the helm. Joe Fitzsimons’ Horizon Quantum Computing, a business he started in Singapore, is to create 10 new jobs over the next six months.

The business is hiring for a range of positions, including project managers as well as a director of engineering, who will build and lead a new software engineering team.

“Our growth highlights the strength of the quantum computing ecosystem at a time when major tech players are struggling”

Horizon Quantum Computing also plans to partner with local universities to provide internship opportunities.

The future beyond Moore’s Law

Horizon Quantum Computing is developing a new generation of programming tools to simplify and expedite the process of developing software for quantum computers.

Quantum computing is a rapidly emerging technology that harnesses the laws of quantum mechanics to solve problems too complex for classical computers.

By removing the need for prior quantum computing experience to develop applications for quantum hardware, Horizon’s tools are making the power of quantum computing accessible to every software developer.

The company was founded in 2018 by Dr Joe Fitzsimons, an expert in the space of quantum computing applications. Dr Fitzsimons has over 18 years of experience in quantum computing and computational complexity theory and holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford on quantum computing architectures. The leadership team also includes Dr Si-Hui Tan, Chief Science Officer, who holds a PhD in Physics from MIT and has been actively involved in quantum research for 18 years.

“We are excited to set up our European office in Ireland, a country with a substantial pool of technical talent,” said Joe Fitzsimons, CEO of Horizon Quantum Computing.

“Our growth highlights the strength of the quantum computing ecosystem at a time when major tech players are struggling. We’re looking forward to calling Dublin our second home and rolling out further recruitment to boost worldwide operations.”

Committed to supporting mutual connections and collaborations between Singapore and Ireland, Horizon Quantum Computing has recently become a Foundation sponsor of the Irish Chamber of Commerce Singapore, with Dr Fitzsimons joining the Chamber’s board.

Speaking with ThinkBusiness Fitzsimons said that in terms of the evolution of quantum computing versus the technology revolution we have experienced over the past century, the world is really only at 1948 in comparable terms.

Crucially, by bringing Horizon Quantum Computing to Dublin, it could put Ireland in pole position for the development of this future realm of computing.

“One of the main issues we run into at the moment is that the number of people that are in any way expert in quantum algorithms is very, very small. It’s only a couple of hundred people worldwide. And that means when it comes to putting together these applications and thinking about, where can quantum computing be applied, we’re pretty restricted.”

Fitzsimons said that while the company is initially hiring 10 people, he hopes to grow the headcount both locally and by bringing in quantum computing expertise from around the world.

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.