Byte Night, which this year takes place on Friday 20 September in Finsbury Square, London, is the event where leading figures from the IT industry spend a night sleeping rough to raise money for children's charity NCH.
More than 60 of the UK's top IT staff have already signed up for the event. They include include David Taylor, president of IT directors' organisation Certus, Tim Pickard of RSA Security and Mike Hudgell, managing director of software company Impatica. All will be spending a night on the streets to raise funds to help end youth homelessness.
Lalit Nathwani from Persistence Software says, "Byte Night is the least we can do. It is a key event in the IT industry calendar that enables us to give something back. Ending youth homelessness is the first and most important step in closing the digital divide."
Tony Manwaring, director at NCH, says, "The growing support of Byte Night by the IT industry has helped NCH to continue its vital work to ensure children and young people are provided with the opportunity to reach their full potential."
Byte Night was established in 1998 by NCH and communications consultancy Kaizo, with the aim of getting the IT industry behind the cause of fighting youth homelessness. In 2001 Byte Night attracted
more than 100 top IT professionals, who were joined by celebrities including Jenny Agutter and Nick Faldo. Together they raised more than £175,000. Hoping to build on last year's success, the fundraising target for this year's sleep out is £300,000.