Sleep out for the night to help homeless children

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Sleep out for the night to help homeless children

More than 150 senior IT industry executives, each pledging to raise £2,000 for homeless children, will be sleeping out in central London at this year's Byte Night on Friday 17 September.

The annual event, now in its seventh year, has raised more than £1m since it started. Computer Weekly has supported the initiative from the start.

The money raised by Byte Night is used to fund charity NCH's efforts to help homeless children. NCH says the event is highly effective because 92p of every £1 raised by the IT industry goes directly towards helping the children.

This year Byte Night will take place in Potter's Field next to Tower Bridge. Before getting into their sleeping bags for a night under the stars, participants are set to enjoy a fun evening, if past events are anything to go by, with a quiz, a charity auction and singing.

The event attracts a mix of people from all IT sectors: public and private, users and suppliers. Among the people who took part in last year's Byte Night were e-envoy Andrew Pinder, Royal Mail CIO David Blunden, and board members from several leading IT suppliers.

This year Computer Weekly is looking to increase the number of senior IT users taking part.

Byte Night kicked off in 1998 to support the NCH's "House our Youth 2000" campaign to end youth homelessness by 2000. That year 25 people slept out and raised £30,000 for the charity

Since then, the event has gone from strength to strength, and the need to help vulnerable young people in the UK has continued to grow.

"Byte Night demonstrates how IT can engage with the community and give something back," said one of last year's sleepers.

UK's IT leaders back Byte Night     

Computer Weekly has backed Byte Night from the start, and managing editor John Riley is on the Byte Night strategy board. Other members include:  

  • Bill Bottriell, deputy chairman, SThree  
  • Duncan Mitchell, managing director UK and Ireland, Cisco Systems 
  • Geoff Lloyd, vice-president, Nortel Networks 
  • James Bennet, managing director, ETF 
  • Joanna Brace, marketing director, Unisys 
  • Michael Avis, marketing director, Sun Microsystems 
  • Chris Burke, CIO, Vodafone 
  • Mike Short, vice-president, O2 
  • Paul Barlow, managing director, Equanet 
  • Sally Hanson, marketing director, Cognos 
  • Peter Gardner, global head of communications 3i 
  • Richard Banks, director, Computer Futures 
  • Rod Banner, chief executive, Banner 
  • Tina Green, head of government and public affairs, Hewlett-Packard 
  • Tom Bureau, managing director, CNet Network 
  • Vance Keaney, vice-president, Oracle

For more information call Lucy Cooper

Telephone: 020-7704 7068

Web: www.nch.org.uk/bytenight

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