Support provided by IBM and Cisco involves access to web conferencing technology and training, to help charities and assist schools offering remote lessons during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The initiative aims to help charities work better remotely and assist schools in staging virtual classroom lessons.
The joint initiative sees teachers and charity workers given access to use the Cisco Webex online conferencing tool.
Cisco and IBM employees are volunteering their time to help install the technology and provide ongoing guidance.
Features include host audio control as well as document, image and screen sharing. Video conferencing can also be recorded.
“By Cisco providing video-conferencing software for free and IBM employees volunteering their skills and expertise to help charities put this in place, there will be huge benefit,” said Paul Reddish, Chief Executive of the charity Volunteering Matters.
“We know charities urgently need support like this to help people and communities respond to COVID-19, but they may not have the resources to do so. So thank you to
IBM and Cisco for stepping up to support charities and help them provide essential services to those who need it at this vital time.”
The web conference collaboration is open to all schools and charities in the UK, after being rolled out across Europe.
There are already 3,000 IBM staffers involved across Europe, supporting more than 200,000 students in 2,000 schools.
David Meads, Cisco’s UK and Ireland Chief Executive Officer, said: “These weeks have been challenging for all of us, and the need for us all to stay connected has never been more important.
“We’re firm believers that we need to create a digital society for everyone, and that remains true in critical times like these, when the spirit of collaboration really comes to the fore.
“We’re proud to be able to offer a tool that will hopefully help ensure students can continue learning, and charities continue their vital work.”