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WCIT Charity continues to help the homeless and vulnerable gain digital skills

One of the many programmes the WCIT Charity has been supporting is the funding of digital skills training (i-Reach) to support homeless people or those at risk of homelessness to become digitally literate. For the past 6 years, the WCIT Charity has been a strategic partner of Thames Reach, a London based charity that works […]

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City livery company webinar calls for action to end the UK’s embarrassing digital poverty

During a City of London webinar that took place last week, entitled, “How do we end digital poverty?“. Helen Milner OBE, CEO of the Good Things Foundation, said: “Digital Poverty is embarrassing and not OK. Fixing it will boost the economy, improve health and well-being and level up opportunity.” The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists […]

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The Haberdashers’ Company Monmouth Enterprise Initiative and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists “My city IT career”

Every year the Haberdashers’ Company joins with a modern livery company to deliver work experience for Year 12 students in their schools. The event would usually include a day’s work experience in host companies across the City with other activities at Haberdashers’ Hall. 2020 was the second year to work with WCIT. It became clear […]

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Financial Services Technology Panel grasps the ESG nettle

The Financial Services Technology Panel has set out to be “the place to come to debate the issues of the day”, so began by tackling the vast, and often controversial, subjects of Environmental, Social and Governance, through a series of events. The first one in November 2020 aimed to inform, explore, and raise awareness around […]

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WCIT Equality Committee’s International Women’s Day event 2021

Congratulations to the Equality Committee for organising a stimulating panel discussion event on 9 March which marked International Women’s Day 2021.  Speakers included WCIT members Professor Sue Black OBE, Sarah Winmill, Tom Ilube CBE and Sheila Flavell CBE.  The theme of this year’s event was #choosetochallenge.  The panel covered a variety of topics ranging from their personal […]

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Growth Tech 11

On Tuesday, 23 March 2021, we held our third virtual Growth Tech event – The Funding and Talent Landscape Part 1. The three GT events planned for 2021 will focus on two of the most important issues for any entrepreneur, namely where to source capital and how to find talent. In the first of the […]

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Lilian Baylis Technology School through to the final of the Sheriff’s Challenge 2021!

On Tuesday 23 March 2021, LBTS were voted by the three judges through to the final of the Sheriffs’ challenge! The topic this year was ‘Why is the post Covid-19 world completely different?’. Coached by WCIT Liveryman David Barker, the students met over eight weeks to brainstorm, research, plan, script and rehearse their 8-minute presentation. […]

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WCIT virtual visit to the National Museum of Computing

Eighteen souls braved one of the two glorious March afternoons England had and stayed in.  They may have missed the sunshine, but instead they were treated to the sights of the mechanical levers, valves, diodes and transistors of The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.  Given that the tour was held virtually, and was […]

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Talking Tuesdays: the WCIT women’s rowing squad

Did you know that WCIT is the first Livery Company to have an all-female rowing squad?  In 2020, the Cito Panel was delighted to announce the formation of the WCIT Women’s Rowing Squad. To celebrate the newly formed team, a number of guests joined the ladies for a recent Talking Tuesday event.  This was an […]

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In the latest ‘Talking Tuesday’, Liveryman Nicholas Beale and IT legend Dame Wendy Hall discussed the ‘unethical optimisation principle’

If AI tries to maximize profits there is evidently a risk that it will pick an unethical strategy in order to do so. A paper in Royal Society Open Science proved last year this was disproportionately likely, with the risk usually tending to 1 as the strategy space grew. Nicholas and Dame Wendy led an […]

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Financial Services Technology Panel continues its ESG quest

We promised a series of events to explore the importance of Environmental, Social and Governance to our society in general and to the Financial Services sector in particular. Our third event on “Self Assessment Versus Regulation” saw another expert panel debate the issue, with an audience drawn from the Livery movement, Academia, Financial Services and […]

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How to co-ordinate work on digital poverty across the WCIT?

Please join our next Homelessness Panel meeting, online Thursday 10 June 17:00-18:30.  Our guest speakers will be Paul Finnis and David Lakin from the Digital Poverty Alliance.   The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Digital Access for All (DAFA) are bringing together organisations to kick start an alliance aimed at tackling the issue of […]

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WCIT Annual Golf Day – 6 September 2021

On September 6th, the annual WCIT Golf Day took place at the stunning Bearwood Lakes. The field of 42 golfers were blessed with the best weather of recent weeks. The WCIT golfer of the year was Guy Feld and his team also finished first. Past Master, Stef Fafinski, was on hand to present the prizes […]

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Annual Sheriffs Ride around the City of London – 15 September 2021

On 15 September 2021 WCIT welcomed Alderman and Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli to Information Technologists’ Hall as part of the annual Sheriffs Ride around the City of London.  Michael, his trusty steed Leo and a Light Cavalry escort broke their three hour ride for some welcome refreshments at the Hall.  The annual ride raises money […]

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108th Business Lunch – 15 September 2021

WCIT was delighted to hold  its first in person formal event on 15 September 2021 – our 108th Business Lunch in the stunning surroundings of Butchers’ Hall. The Master welcomed over 100 members and their guests, and paid tribute to the Company’s achievements during the pandemic. Special recognition was given to Liveryman Frank Joshi from […]

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Journeymen’s Dinner – 23 September 2021

On a warm autumnal evening in September, some 20 members of the company gathered at our own Livery Hall to celebrate and recognise the achievements and involvement of our younger members. Gloriously supported by our resident Beadle, the atmosphere was charged with excitement. For some in our number, this was the first-time meeting since the […]

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Gordon’s Cup – 2 October 2021

The Master and Liveryman Nick Claydon (our Relationship Manager for the Royal Signals)  visited the Royal Signals at Blandford Camp on Saturday 2 October for the annual Gordon’s Cup.  This is a military skills competition and tests this year included an Assault Course, Pistol Shooting, Shelter Building, Stalking, Communication repairs, and a Bayonet Course.   Despite […]

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CITO Cup – 30 September 2021

Golfers from the WCIT and Royal Signals took to the fairways at Calcot Park on September 30 to play the inaugural Cito Cup match. Six matches were played and the Signals were triumphant with a final score line of 5-1. Despite the score, the matches were hard-fought and most went to the wire. Both teams […]

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Promoting Equity within the City – 19 October 2021

On Tuesday 19th October the Equality Committee held a face-to-face event in the hall titled ‘Promoting Equity within the City – a Diversity in the City’.  A number of our members and guests attended what proved to be an insightful evening ‘Promoting Equity within the City’ during Global Diversity Awareness month  We were be joined […]

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WCIT Golf Society at the Puttshak – 3 November 2021

On November 3rd, the WCIT Golf Society hosted an evening of indoor golf at Puttshack, a high-tech crazy golf venue in the heart of the City of London. The group of eleven players were given a trackable golf ball to putt around the challenging course with the number of shots and targets struck being automatically […]

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Government Panel – 27 October 2021

Following the success of a recent deep dive into the challenges the Royal Navy faces in an ever-changing digital landscape, in October 2021 the Government Panel successfully hosted a second event into how the various branches of HM Armed Forces are tackling the technological challenges of the battlefield of tomorrow. Describing the challenges and steps […]

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WCIT at the Lord Mayor’s Show, 13 November 2021

The Master Information Technologist Alistair Fulton, the Deputy Master Mark Holford and the Beadle Alan O’Connor were proud to represent WCIT in the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 13 November 2021.  The event was particularly special as it had not been held since 2019 due to the pandemic.  WCIT was delighted to feature prominently in […]

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WCIT at the Tower – 15 November 2021

A select party of WCIT members were given an after-hours tour of the Tower of London on the 15th of November 2021; this was organized by Freeman and Oarswoman Sabia Sultan. This was the first in-person event for several new Freemen of the Company. Yeoman Warder Spike Abbott gave a fascinating tour of the floodlit Tower, […]

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