For years, hundreds of senior IT professionals have been sleeping out for Byte Night, which helps fund children's charity NCH's work with homeless youngsters. Last year the event, the brainchild of Ken Deeks from PR company Kaizo, raised more than 200,000.
Sleepers at this year's event, on the Friday 23 September, will include IT directors and many senior board members from the largest IT organisations.
Previous Byte Nights have been supported by Barclaycard, the BBC, the British Computer Society, Deutsche Bank, IBM, Microsoft, Fujitsu, Sun Microsystems, O2, Peoplesoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Com- puter Associates and Banner Corporation.
Computer Weekly supports Byte Night, and managing editor John Riley, who has slept out at the event for the past four years, will do so again this year.
Individual participants are being asked to raise 2,000 each from sponsorship, and teams of three to five people are being asked to raise 5,000.