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Creative minds join forces in the heart of Newcastle to do 'Tech for Good' in support of NSPCC and Virgin Money Giving

12/11/2015

  • Virgin Money Giving has joined forces with Campus North to create a ‘Tech for Good’ weekend on 14-15 November
  • The region’s biggest technical hub will provide the platform for the creation of innovative new ways to encourage charitable giving in support of the NSPCC, Virgin Money’s charity of the year

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 fundraising 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 '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.

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 Mukherjee, Virgin Money's Head of Banking Innovation 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."

Lyndsey Britton, Co-Founder of Campus North said: "We're really pleased to join forces with Virgin Money Giving and the NSPCC to host the Tech for Good weekend at Campus North. It's a fun and creative opportunity for anyone who loves coming up with new ideas and solving problems - whether you are a developer, project manager, designer, marketeer - to come along and contribute to producing something that could help raise more funds for charity. We will provide the refreshments to keep you fuelled throughout the weekend - you just bring your ideas, skills and enthusiasm."

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."

Martyn Davies, Ignite Programme Director, is running the event and has also taken part in others. He said: "These are unique events that you can turn up to as part of a team or on your own and contribute to something that takes shape as you go through the weekend. It's intense, energetic, fun, a real learning experience and it's amazing what you can actually develop in just two days. I'd say to anyone who's interested - come along and try it, see exactly what you can do."

NSPCC Head of Digital, Helena Raven said: "This event is a really exciting opportunity for finding new ways to support the work of the NSPCC through online giving, and we are extremely grateful to Campus North and Virgin Money Giving for staging it. The NSPCC is committed to creating digital experiences that really work for people who wish to support us and I’m looking forward to discussing new ideas for how we can do just that."


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NOTES TO EDITORS


About Campus North

  • Campus North is the region’s tech hub for community, collaboration and education, based in Newcastle. It is also home to Ignite, one of Europe's top accelerator programmes.
  • With over 150 founders, designers, and developers working in the space, the environment is one of collaboration and creativity. It's a place for people to get inspired, work together and grow. Campus North residents are small teams with big visions - the next generation of technology founders and entrepreneurs.
  • Campus North fosters and supports the community by providing workspace, offering events and supporting education. As the place to be to spark conversations and connections, we hold a range of events for starts ups, entrepreneurs and businesses.
  • As well as hosting tech teams and creative co-workers, we offer flexible spaces for other businesses and organisations to use.
  • Located in Carliol Square we have a classroom for up to 50 people and smaller meeting rooms for hire. Next door, our new auditorium space (in Bunker Coffee and Kitchen) can host events for up to 175 people standing or 125 seated theatre style.

About Virgin Money

  • Virgin Money provides savings, mortgages, credit cards, current accounts, pensions, investment and protection products
  • Virgin Money’s business ambition is to make “everyone better off” – this philosophy underpins our approach to business by offering good value to customers, treating employees well, making a positive contribution to society and delivering a profit to our shareholders
  • Virgin Money is the official sponsor of the London Marathon, the biggest annual one-day fundraising event in the world. Virgin Money has helped London Marathon runners raise over £¼ billion, including funds raised through Virgin Money Giving the not-for-profit online fundraising service, since 2010.

About Virgin Money Giving

  • Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit online fundraising website of Virgin Money and was established in 2009. Virgin Money uses its infrastructure and expertise as a financial services business to ensure that Virgin Money Giving is efficient and secure
  • Virginmoneygiving.com is free for fundraisers, charges a flat registration fee of £100 + VAT for charities and a 2% fee on all donations before Gift Aid. For every £10 raised, charities receive £12.15. Virgin Money Giving charges charities the minimum fees needed to cover the running costs of the site. Any profit achieved after covering operating costs will go towards reducing fees further or improving services for fundraisers and charities
  • Fundraisers can personalise their fundraising pages, send out email alerts and manage their fundraising events. They can include their own content, photos and links to their page as well as customise messages for their supporters. Fundraisers can also link their page to social networking sites. Virgin Money Giving also contains fundraising ideas and tips, offering help and advice to fundraisers on how to raise more for charity
  • Virginmoneygiving.com is the official fundraising partner of events that include the Virgin Money London Marathon, Royal Parks Half Marathon, Nike Run to the Beat and the Virgin Money Cyclone

About the NSPCC

  • The NSPCC is the only children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. Using voluntary donations, which make up more than 90 per cent of our funding, we help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives, we protect children at risk, and we find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening. So when a child needs a helping hand, we’ll be there. When parents are finding it tough, we’ll help. When laws need to change, or governments need to do more, we won’t give up until things improve.
  • Our ChildLine service provides a safe, confidential place for children with no one else to turn to, whatever their worry, whenever they need help. Children can contact ChildLine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 1111 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk
  • Our free helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice and support, share their concerns about a child or get general information about child protection. Adults can contact the helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0808 800 5000, by texting 88858 or visiting www.nspcc.org.uk

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