There were over 180 guests at the sell-out WCIT Industry Dinner at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in the City of London. Attended by technology industry companies, WCIT members and their guests, the event raised £50,000 for the WCIT Charity, the foremost technology industry charity. This made “Giving IT Back”, the WCIT Industry Dinner, a significant new event in the WCIT calendar.
The evening was the inaugural dinner organised by the Industry Committee of the WCIT which focuses its efforts on the major issues which affect the IT industry. The WCIT (Worshipful Company of Information Technologists) is the 100th Livery Company of the City of London. The Company was granted Livery in 1992 and is an influential force for the beneficial use of technology in the City and elsewhere.
The mission of the WCIT Charity – the beneficiary of the money raised – is to improve the quality of life for those in society who are disabled, disadvantaged or excluded through the effective use of technology. £600,000 was awarded to two charities – CALM and Missing People – in 2018 after a managed competition. This event will start to replenish the Charity Award Fund to allow new awards to be made in the future, and it is expected that the WCIT Industry Dinner will now become a regular fund-raising event.
The evening included live and silent auctions and other fundraising activities, together with presentations from the two successful Charity Award winners of 2018.
Sponsors of the Dinner included Triad Group Plc, Synexus, Red Squirrel, Les Azuriales Opera, RPS and Posi+ive.
Adrian Leer, MD, Triad Group Plc
“This is a wonderful effort that has really set us down the road to our next WCIT Charity Award. The current winners, CALM and Missing People, are making great progress with their AI projects. Many charities are showing interest in the AI Learning Exchange where knowledge and best practice will be shared.”
Jo Connell OBE DL, Chair WCIT Charity Board
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