Charged with the mission “To assemble and dissemble best practice in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technological area for the benefit of the Charity Sector”, the WCIT AI/ML Learning Exchange for Charities (AI4C) was born in 2018.

Essentially our purpose is to provide practical advice and thought leadership to support charities embarking on the use of Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning and in particular via CALM and Missing People, the two winners of the WCIT 2018 Charity IT Award. Furthermore, to harness the experiences and lessons learnt by these projects, and those of other charities, for the wider benefit of the charity sector.

To join charities must be willing to share their experiences and lessons learnt, anonymously, if they so wish. It is strictly a sales free, vendor neutral, technology agnostic environment that runs on the Chatham House Rule.

We run monthly workshops to discuss specific topics and share lessons learnt. Experts in IT, academics and leading industry practitioners speak at our topical quarterly events.

Information, insights and lessons learnt are captured and held on a repository available for further reference to members. This also provides a useful space for people to chat in between meetings.

Charity members come from a broad range of organisations. Although their size and focus may vary, they all share the same challenge of how to achieve the most with the precious resources they have available. Current charity members include: CALM, Missing People, AbilityNet, the Brain Tumour Charity, Cancer Research UK, Samaritans, Family Lives, Asthma UK, Mencap, Family Fund, Humankind, NSPCC, Back-Up and Carers UK.

WCIT Members are professionals from a variety of IT backgrounds. They herald from a wide range of industries, commerce, academia, and public sector but each one is committed to giving back in some way and so all lend their time and expertise on a pro bono basis.