Alasdair Collinson – Speaker interview

Nov 13, 2018 | Voxxed Days Cluj-Napoca 2018

Alasdair Collinson is a professional software developer by day, a nerd… Well, all the time, really. I love programming, I also love talking and thinking about programming. I’m fascinated by the culture surrounding programming and I immerse myself in that culture. And I like sharing what I have learned. I’ve spoken at conferences several times before about a range of different topics – some of them very technical, some of them less so. Mixing it up, that keeps it interesting for both me and my audience. Any you can be sure that everything I talk about is something that I’m really passionate about.

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies and interests?

I’m a nerd, though I like to think I’m not too socially awkward. As a nerd, I love learning and try to cover a bunch of topics. Also, board games are a passion. 

Q. Why did you select this topic for your session at Voxxed Days Cluj-Napoca 2018?

I got into quantum computing in mid 2016 and found that, while it is a fascinating subject, there is very little material out there that isn’t directed towards people with a background in physics. So I decided to do something about that. And now, here I am. 

Q. Who should attend your session? 

Since the whole “no background in physics” thing is a big part of what got me started, my talk is designed to be accessible to programmes who know little to nothing about advanced physics. It doesn’t hurt if you do, of course, but I do spend considerable time in the talk explaining the minimum of physics needed. So, for short: if you can write code, you can understand my talk.

 

Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session? 

My main aim is to give the attendees enough information to get started with quantum computing and a taste of why it’s such a cool subject. They won’t be experts after my talk but at least a few will be hungry for more. 


Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Cluj-Napoca 2018, what is the year review look like for you?

It was a very busy – but extremely good – year and I’m really excited about 2019! I’ve spoken at a bunch of conferences, learned many new things and recently I got some new board games. 😄

 

Q. What are your plans for the next year?

I’m planning to put together a workshop on quantum programming. Other than that, I’m not sure yet; the past year brought a few surprises and I’m sure the next one will be no different in that aspect. 😉