Top honor for “Kitty Q”: game app wins

image: The two spokespersons of the ct.qmat cluster of excellence, Professor Ralph Claessen (left) and Professor Matthias Vojta (right), as well as application designer Philipp Stollenmayer (center), present their joint project, the game application “Chat Q”.
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“I am extremely happy that our game has received such international recognition. Winning the Valencia Indie Award shows that we have succeeded in conveying our fascination also in other languages”, comments Philipp Stollenmayer about the Spanish award. The mobile game is the first commissioned job of the young app designer, who has so far worked exclusively for himself. The “Best Indie Mobile Game” award went to the English version of the “Kitty Q – A Quantum Adventure” app during the Valencia Indie Summit on March 12, 2022. Of the nearly 100,000 downloads to date, approximately 70% come from outside Germany.

“I find it hard to believe that our game app ‘Kitty Q’ is winning international awards and has even been nominated for the DEUTSCHE COMPUTERSPIELPREIS! My daily work consists mainly of physical formulas and laboratory experiments. The fact that we have managed to communicate this complex quantum physics with a mobile game makes me proud. And we can see that this crazy idea works very well, especially when children, parents and teachers write to us. The ‘Kitty Q’ application gives children and adults the opportunity to explore the strange quantum world together,” says the spokesperson for the Würzburg branch on the cluster, Professor Ralph Claessen, professor of experimental physics at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU).

“We can be extremely grateful to Nobel Prize winner Erwin Schrödinger for inventing his thought experiment around the famous cat! And to his real great-granddaughter Anna Braunizer and his father Leonard, who jointly took on the sponsorship of the They were both immediately won over by the idea of ​​inspiring children and families with science and physics. Completely in the spirit of their famous ancestor, because he too wanted to introduce his field of expertise , quantum physics. Anna even gave her first name to the great-granddaughter of the mobile game, who still helps gamers navigate the crazy quantum world. Nomination for Golden Spatz DIGITAL shows that our family approach is compelling says Professor Matthias Vojta, Professor of Theoretical Solid State Physics at the Technische Universität Dresden (TU) and spokesperson for the Dresden branch of the ct.qmat research alliance.

The inspiration for Kitty Q is a popular quantum mechanical thought experiment by Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger (1887 – 1961), who became known as Schrödinger’s cat. With the animal in the box, which is alive and dead at the same time, he created a striking example of one of the principles of quantum mechanics in 1935: objects can be in different states at the same time, which are in mutually exclusive – called “layering”.

Deutscher Computerspielpreis

The DEUTSCHE COMPUTERSPIELPREIS (DCP) is the German games industry’s most important award. A joint initiative of the industry and the German Bundestag, the DCP has been awarded annually since 2009 – for the development of innovative computer and video games “made in Germany”. This year, the expert and general jury selected the best games of the year from 456 entries. There are three nominations in the “Best Family Game” category. The winning game will receive 40,000 euros. The award gala takes place on March 31, 2022 in Munich and live. More details at https://deutscher-computerspielpreis.de/

Golden Spatz

The GOLDENE SPATZ is the largest German-language children’s media festival. Each year, awards are presented for the best film and television contributions as well as digital media offerings for children. From May 29 to June 4, 2022, the 30th edition of the German children’s media festival GOLDENER SPATZ will take place in Gera and Erfurt. The DIGITAL competition brings together the eight best offers of digital audiovisual tales for children up to 12 years old. The focus is on digital storytelling in its many forms. The competition was looking for good stories told in new, digital and audio-visual ways. The main prize – the coveted GOLDENE SPATZ DIGITAL – is awarded by the target group themselves. Five young experts aged 10 to 12 from Germany and other German-speaking countries make up the DIGITAL children’s jury.

Center of Excellence ct.qmat

The center of excellence ct.qmat–Complexity and Topology in Quantum Matter is a joint research collaboration between Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and Technische Universität (TU) Dresden since 2019. More than 270 scientists from 34 countries and four continents carry out research on topological quantum materials that reveal surprising phenomena under extreme conditions such as high temperatures, high pressures or strong magnetic fields. If it becomes possible to exploit these unusual properties under ambient conditions, they will provide the basis for revolutionary quantum chips and new types of technological applications. The cluster of excellence is funded within the framework of the excellence strategy of the federal and state governments, as the only cluster in Germany that crosses the borders of the federal states.


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