The Turing Festival's founder, Jamie Coleman, has written previously about why he decided to launch the festival — and why he chose to name it in honour of Alan Turing, the pioneering mathematician and computer scientist. Today, we're delighted to announce the Turing Trust, a charity established in 2009 by Turing's closest family members to provide ICT equipment and computer literacy training to schools in Africa, as the official charity of the Turing Festival.
Here's the Trust’s Nicola Turing, to explain more about their work and goals:
At the Turing Trust we want to honour Alan Turing’s amazing legacy by widening access to ICT resources and training in sub-Saharan Africa. We want to bridge the digital divide and allow African students to make use of the opportunities that ICT can bring to break out of the rural poverty cycle. Reusing ICT resources also reduces waste and supports a more sustainable and environmentally friendly society. To date we have sent nearly 2000 computers to Africa and we are now about to ship over 600 computers to Malawi. Delivering ICT resources in Africa can be challenging and so we are developing the “SolarBerry” – a sustainable offline computer laboratory powered by solar energy with energy-efficient Raspberry Pi computers.
Dermot Turing, Alan’s nephew and the author of a new biography, will give a lunchtime talk about his uncle’s life and work at Product/People on Thursday 18 August. The Trust team will also be present at both days, so you can hear more about the remarkable work they do. We're proud to support that work, and to have them join us in Edinburgh this August.
In the meantime, you can learn more about the Trust at their website — and if you or your organisation has spare computer hardware lying around, why not make a donation, and see that equipment put to good use? You could also consider donating some of your time or expertise: the Trust’s UK hub is right here in Edinburgh, and they need our support to continue their fine work.