Coders to hold Bletchley fundraiser

A developer body is to hold a conference at Bletchley Park to raise money for the home of British WWII code-breaking.ACCU, which up until 2006 was known as the Association of C and C++ Users, will hold the conference on 7 November 2009.

A developer body is to hold a conference at Bletchley Park to raise money for the home of British WWII code-breaking.

ACCU, which up until 2006 was known as the Association of C and C++ Users, will hold the conference on 7 November 2009. Speakers will include PGP encryption creator Phil Zimmermann; National Museum of Computing stalwart Tony Sale; and journalist and author Simon Singh.

The event will be open to the public. Tickets will cost £85 for ACCU members and £95 for non-members, while all proceeds will go to Bletchley Park.

The UK government in August rejected an online petition requesting it provide funding for operational expenses for the museum complex over five years. Number Ten said the government did not have the resources to provide the necessary £250,000.

Meanwhile, the Home Office is to spend over £500,000 of taxpayers' money marketing ID cards to businesses in the North-West between September and December this year. Interesting how budgets get allocated, isn't it?