The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) is the 100th Livery Company of the City of London, bringing together the centuries old Livery tradition and information technology, the key industry of the new millennium.
For hundreds of years Livery Companies have sought to promote their particular trades and professions, whilst also undertaking a range of charitable and educational activities. Since 1992, when the Company was awarded Livery status by the Court of Aldermen of the City of London, WCIT has been actively demonstrating the relevance of this tradition to modern day society. There are currently over 620 members of the Company (freemen and liverymen), all of whom are leading practitioners in the information technology profession. Membership of the Company is for life, and is seen as an opportunity for men and women who have been successful in their field to be able to give something back, both to their profession and the wider community.
One aspect of the WCIT's activities is the promotion of the information technology profession, in particular with regard to The City and business. An example of this work was the 'Grasping the Nettle' conference, hosted by the WCIT, which provided a forum for the City's financial sector to address the challenge of e-commerce.
The Company's charitable and educational programme is co-ordinated through the WCIT Charitable Trust. The core element in this programme is the active involvement of the Company's membership, who use their skills in a range of IT based projects to provide opportunities and improve the quality of life for a range of beneficiaries. The WCIT is also able to use its position and contacts to act as a catalyst, adding value to projects by forming partnership with a variety of organisations both within and outside the IT field. The most compelling example of this work to date is the 'lifelites' project, providing access to IT for the young people of every children's hospice in England and Wales. A number of other projects are currently being developed with a range of partners including the Peabody Trust and the Carers National Association. To support such activities, the Company raises funds by mobilising the membership of the Company and the resources of related corporate entities. The Company also organises a programme of events to encourage the greatest possible support and participation from the liverymen and freemen of the Company.
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