Innovation Center

Quantum Lab

The Quantum Lab at The New School is a pioneering nexus committed to forging the confluence of quantum computing and creative disciplines. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, we harness the latent potential of quantum technologies, blending them with fields such as design, social research, and performing arts, propelling forward-thinking ventures that shape meaningful solutions and narratives.


In 2021, the Quantum Initiative won the FutureEdge 50 Award, which recognizes advanced trials and applications of emerging tech. In Fall 2022, the project was awarded the Gold prize by Wharton-QS Reimagine Education in the Developing Emerging Skills category. The initiative received a 2023 CIO100 Award, celebrating organizations using Information Technology in innovative ways.


The Quantum Lab shapes a vibrant ecosystem that brings together faculty, students, industry and corporate partners, startups, cultural organizations, and policy shapers. Together, we work to devise quantum-inspired prototypes, applications, exhibitions, and performances. A trailblazer in its own right, the lab organized the first-ever Quantum Jam for creatives in 2021, a two-week experience exploring the intriguing world of quantum computing and its creative applications. Since 2021, the Quantum Design Jam is hosted annually in the Fall Semester for students of The New School and beyond.


In partnership with IBM, we also hosted the first-ever Quantum Art exhibition, an immersive showcase of how quantum science can intersect with art, creating new modalities of expression and understanding. We endorse explorative engagement and multi-disciplinary collaborations through immersive academic programs, quantum-focused hackathons, public engagements, and scholarly output. Our efforts lie at the juncture of quantum technology, user-oriented design, and ethical inquiry, generating insights, envisioning future narratives, and producing groundbreaking quantum-integrated products and experiences.

For more information and partnership opportunities contact Maya Georgieva, Senior Director, Innovation Center at


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