At the heart of our activities as a modern Livery Company lies a deep commitment to philanthropy; in this we follow the tradition of the ancient Livery Companies. We believe that our model of IT with funding, pro bono expertise and cross-charity collaboration adds exceptional value to the causes we support. The WCIT Charity’s priorities are:
Since 1992 the WCIT Charity has supported hundreds of individual causes through grants of almost £4 million; created two independent charities the Charity IT Association and Lifelites; endowed a new school – the Hammersmith Academy.
WCIT Charity set out to grant an award to a charity running a project that uses the innovative nature and power of IT.
From a strong field of 76 submissions the independent judging panel selected the finalists. Following a detailed due diligence process and the finalists presenting their ideas to the WCIT membership, the judging panel reached a decision: two charities, CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) and Missing People have jointly won the WCIT Charity IT Award 2018. Each will receive a grant of £300,000 as a result of their win.
Both charities face rising call and online chat volumes coupled with insufficient human resources so are seeking to make innovative use of chatbots supported by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to prioritise calls and increase successfully handled enquiries.
The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists’ Charity Registered Charity No.1113488 | Company Limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No.05697763 Registered office at 39a Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7JN