Virgin Money Giving has joined forces with the region’s biggest tech hub, Campus North, to bring together creative minds, technical experts and entrepreneurs in a ‘Tech for Good’ weekend. Their mission is to create innovative new ways to encourage online charitable giving through Virgin Money Giving and to help fundraisers optimise their potential, so that great charities like NSPCC can do even more great work.
Newcastle is considered to have one of the strongest technical communities in the UK and Campus North is dedicated to supporting technology start-ups: people with big visions who could emerge as the next generation of technology founders and entrepreneurs. They are based in Carliol Square, Newcastle and the ‘Tech for Good’ weekend will take place there during the weekend of 14-15 November 2015, in the event space sponsored by Virgin Money.
The partnership was initiated by Dhiraj Mukherjee, Virgin Money’s Head of Banking Innovation, and previously co-founder of Shazam, the world’s first mobile-phone music recognition service that allows users to identify music using their mobile phone. Dhiraj said,
I’m delighted to see this event come to life. As part of the Virgin family, innovation is in our DNA and supporting our local communities is an essential part of our culture. Ultimately we are aiming to build a better society through our work as a responsible bank, and partnering with Campus North is a great example of innovating for good. I’m really looking forward to the weekend, which is the first in a series of such events, and I’m sure the teams will come up with some fantastic ideas.”
The ‘Tech for Good’ weekend is not just for technology fanatics. It is open to anyone who loves being creative and innovative and there will be experts on hand from Campus North, Virgin Money Giving and NSPCC to facilitate the day. Jo Barnett, Executive Director of Virgin Money Giving said:
“Entrepreneurship and innovation are cornerstones of the Virgin brand and Virgin Money Giving was born when some creative minds came together to generate ideas for how we could use our financial and IT expertise to support UK charities. We are really excited about this opportunity to explore what tech can do for the charity sector and deliver ideas that will offer real long-term benefits for NSPCC, our charity of the year, and for charities generally.”