IT leaders set for charity night beneath the stars

More than 180 senior IT industry professionals, each pledging to raise about £2,000 for homeless children, have already signed up...

More than 180 senior IT industry professionals, each pledging to raise about £2,000 for homeless children, have already signed up to sleep out near Tower Bridge, London, for this year's annual Byte Night event on Friday, 17 September.

The event, supported by Computer Weekly and now in its seventh year, has raised more than £1m since it began in 1998. The money raised by Byte Night is used to fund the NCH charity's efforts to keep homeless children off the streets. NCH said the event is highly effective, as 92p of every £1 raised goes directly towards helping the needy.

Before turning into their sleeping bags for a night on the hard ground, participants will, to judge from last year, enjoy a fun evening, with a quiz, a charity auction and sing-along.

The event attracts a mix of people from all IT sectors: public and private, users and suppliers. Included among last year's Byte Nighters were e-envoy Andrew Pinder, Royal Mail CIO David Blunden, and many board members from leading IT suppliers.

This year's Byte Nighters include board members from Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Intel, and Cisco, together with a host of senior industry professionals.

Byte Night kicked off in 1998 when founder Ken Deeks of Kaizo PR was inspired by similarities between the NCH's House Our Youth 2000 campaign to end youth homelessness by the year 2000, and the IT community's deadline of ensuring that all IT systems were Y2K compliant.

Since then, the event has gone from strength to strength.

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

For more on Byte Night, call Lucy Cooper on 020-7704 7068 or go to www.bytenight.org.uk

Make a donation

Computer Weekly has been a strong supporter of Byte Night over the years and 2004 is no exception. Managing editor John Riley, who is also on Byte Night's board, is sleeping rough in London along with other participants in this NCH charity initiative to help homeless children. Donations can be made online at:

www.bmycharity.com/V2/bytenight

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