NATIONAL COMPUTING DAY IS HERE!
Friday, 4th October 2002
If you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss is about with computers, and never really understood the benefits of computing, National Computing Day, Friday 4th October 2002, is the day for you. Whether you’ve bought every computer since the ZX81 or have trouble using the defrost button on your microwave, the activities surrounding National Computing Day will illustrate the advantages and highlight the opportunities available from computing in the 21st Century.
Many people believe computers are all about big business or computer games, and are unaware of the extent of information that can be found on the Internet, or know how to get the most from their PC. National Computing Day aims to change these beliefs and help everybody get more from their computer, benefiting them in every aspect of their life. Educating everyone from children in school to the pensioner, National Computing Day will open the doors of computing skills to young and old and aims to remove the stereotypes that persist within the world of computing.
Zoe Rouch, the organiser of National Computing Day says, “The main aim of National Computing Day is to make computing more accessible to everyone. This campaign works two-fold; by recycling old computer equipment and re-distributing to schools and retirement homes we are helping to reduce the stockpiles of discarded computers. In doing so we are ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn more about computing, and offer these people the basic rights of equal opportunity.”
Every year in the UK 1.5 million computers are dumped in landfill sites and a further 1.5 million are kept in storage and not put to any use at all. National Computing Day will highlight this appalling waste, provide information on how to recycle old equipment to those in need and even establish special centres to ease the ‘hassle’ of recycling computer equipment.
It’s important to note that legislation on computer recycling is only currently nearing the end of passage through the EU, despite being under consideration since 1994 and it is hoped that it will be incorporated in to British law by 2003. National Computing Day will help to highlight these issues and provide a central resource for current organisations involved in this necessary activity.
National Computing Day is supported by Computeractive, the UK’s best selling computer magazine, and the Computeractive Show which is taking place over three days at the National Hall, Olympia, London from 4-6 October. The Computeractive Show aims to meet everyone’s computing needs and will bring all the latest products, live Workshops, covering topics such as Windows, the internet, anti-virus software and digital photography to name but a few.
For further details on National Computing Day and how to become involved, please contact:
Rosie Tickner/ Mark Casey
020 7580 1366
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