Andy Isherwood, general manager of the Enterprise Systems Group at Hewlett-Packard UK, is a newcomer to the Byte Night event, which has been running for five years. "I don't feel apprehensive about it, in fact I am looking forward to it," he says. "As long as we have nice weather it should be good fun and give me the chance to talk to like-minded people."
Isherwood has not slept outside since he was a child but his lack of practice is not causing him too much concern. "I think I have got used to a bit of luxury compared to when I was younger, but this is only one night of my life and I don't think any survival training will be needed," he says.
Isherwood is used to functioning on little sleep, and says that as long as he gets three hours' shut-eye he will be fine for the day ahead. However, the aspect of Byte Night that presents more of a challenge is the fundraising.
"We are doing a number of things, such as auctioning HP products, and suppliers are also donating products," he says. "Other managers are helping out by doing various fundraising activities. They will be coming up for a few beers on the night to deposit the money they have raised."
If you want to take part in Byte Night or find out more go to www.bytenight.org.uk/ or call Clare Caunt on 020-7704 7167
This was first published in August 2002