We contribute to the growth and development of the information and communication technology industry by encouraging best practice, facilitating the sharing of knowledge and experience and promoting a better understanding of information and communications technology.
Our membership continuously helps to shape the future of IT, and we are proud to have as members Microsoft founder Bill Gates; Internet pioneer and currently a Google Vice President Vint Cerf; and inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
We support charitable activities related to the above and which leverage the particular experience of our members. To these ends we recruit members with particular knowledge and experience of the ICT industry and user communities and maintain links with other key bodies.
We co-sponsor, along with the Mercers' Company, a secondary school with a specialisation in Digital Media and Information Technology. We nominate governors to this innovative school to help pursue our vision of developing a school drawing on our IT expertise and using digital media at the heart of its learning environment.
We have supported the LBTS in Lambeth since 2002 when it was a failing school. In 2013 the school was rated by OFSTED as “Outstanding in all areas”. Our main focus is to raise the aspirations of students by providing them with insights into a wide range of business and professional careers and linking these to the academic requirements for developing such a career path.
The WCIT is proud of its association with techUK, which represents the leading IT companies and their technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. These companies employ over 70,000 people, and contribute significantly to to the UK’s GDP.
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is committed to making IT good for society. It uses the power of its network of 80,000 members to bring about positive, tangible change and champions the global IT profession and the interests of individuals, engaged in that profession, for the benefit of all.
WCIT is a member of the Financial Services Group, a group of 12 Livery Companies that provides briefings for the Lord Mayor for inbound and outbound visits; provides a source of education in financial and business affairs and issues for potential Lord Mayors and Sheriffs; provides a resource for the Lord Mayor’s theme of the promotion of “The City” brand of UK financial and other business services together with their philanthropy and social investment; and represents the views of the Financial Services sector to the Lord Mayor.
WCIT has been affiliated with the Royal Corps of Signals since 1992. Since 2010 the Employment Panel has been actively engaged in providing career transition advice and mentoring to members of the Royal Corps of Signals and has so far helped around 550 Officers and NCOs. These transition events commence with an informal dinner, followed by a day of presentations and one to one mentoring sessions, the latter leading to longer term mentoring relationships. To supplement the transition days, we are currently working with the Royal Signals Institute on the creation of a virtual presence, covering mentoring advice, finding a mentor and introductions to organisations with military recruitment schemes.
WCIT is affiliated with the Joint Forces Cyber Group (JFCyG), which was established in 2013 to drive and deliver unity of effort across Defence through integration and delivery of cyber plans and operations globally. A tri-Service organisation, JFCyG is part of the Joint Forces Command and works with the Ministry Defence and Other Government Departments to operate efficiently and effectively in cyberspace. Additionally, the group manages the Cyber Reserve Force to bring relevant expertise forward in support of Defence outputs. The Group’s planners, operators and analysts deliver cyber operations and support wide-ranging capability development programmes and business change work streams.
WCIT is affiliated with 46F (Kensington) Squadron Air Training Corps plus Beckenham and Penge Sea Cadets
Our partnership with Innovation Warehouse, a leading Tech Hub in Smithfields, will lead to the growth of successful high technology companies stimulated by the collection of entrepreneurs, academics, mentors, business folk, angel finance and venture capital in a community supported by great technology infrastructure and a sociable environment for the exchange of ideas, trends and solutions to seemingly intractable business and technology problems.
Gresham College was founded in 1597 and continues its four-century-old tradition of providing free public lectures within London. The College's 130 and more lectures and events each year are open to all and, since the 1980s, have been recorded and made available in text, audio and video formats. Richard Harvey is the WCIT Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College and is currently delivering a series of lectures in person and online at Gresham College.
Thames Reach helps homeless and vulnerable people to live in decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives. The charity has a vision of ending street homelessness and specialises in helping people with complex and multiple needs, including mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems. WCIT has worked with Thames Reach since 2104, providing charitable funds for implementing technology along with digital skills training to support the rehabilitation of homeless people back into work.
Lifelites was launched in 1999 as a collaborative pilot project between the WCIT and the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys to provide IT suites in children’s hospices. WCIT volunteers shaped the technical solution and managed its implementation. It became an independent charity in 2006 and now serves the UK’s 49 children’s hospices – more than 9,000 children. WCIT volunteers continue to provide pro bono expertise to Lifelites.
Whiteoaks has provided pro bono PR services to WCIT for more than ten years. It works with WCIT to publicise the Livery Company’s charitable and educational work and its activities promoting the IT profession. Whiteoaks specialises in strategic communications for the technology and IT software industries. Its principal services include PR, marketing consultancy, communications research and event management for a range of technology firms.
The City of London Corporation is a uniquely diverse organisation with three key aims: support and promote the City in international finance and business services, provide high quality local services and policing for the Square Mile, as well as valued services to London and the nation as a whole.
WCIT is a founding member of The Charity IT Association. CITA provides free services to help charities be more effective through their use of technology, whether through running a free two hour Tech Surgery, identifying a volunteer to help define and scope a specific project, and/or identifying volunteers to help deliver such a specific IT project.