Computer Weekly readers are invited to join 200 senior IT professionals at a sleep-out on London's Embankment near Tower Bridge on Friday 23 September. The aim is to raise more than £250,000 for disadvantaged children.
Since it started in 1998, the annual Byte Night event has raised more than £1m for charity NCH. Due to local authority matched funding, every £1 raised by the sleepers will result in £5 going to the children's charity. Moreover, 93p in every £1 raised goes directly to support those in need, said Byte Night founder Ken Deeks, director of Kaizo PR.
Participants come from all sectors of IT, ranging from CIOs of user organisations to chief executives of major IT suppliers, and even government ministers. In recent years they have included David Burden, CIO of Royal Mail, the then IT minister Stephen Timms and Steve Gill, UK chief executive of Hewlett-Packard.
Anyone in IT can take part, on condition that they undertake to raise a minimum of £2,000 in sponsorship. This year teams are also being encouraged to take part - the minimum sponsorship expected per team is £5,000.
Last year Byte Night raised £217,000. NCH uses the money in a variety of ways, including paying for emergency overnight support for young people living on the streets; providing one-to-one advice for young people leaving care; and to keep young people in supported lodging.
Speaking in support of last year's charity sleep-out, London mayor Ken Livingstone said, "Byte Night is a fine example of the IT industry working to raise awareness of the homeless. We need to bring to an end the social exclusion that homelessness brings."
Support our man on the streets
Computer Weekly's managing editor John Riley will be sleeping out at Byte Night this year for the fourth time - and he is looking for sponsorship. To support him, click on the link below.