Flowers for Turing is Done for 2015! Thank you everybody!

So this is what Alan Turing’s statue looked for  his birthday:
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Our rough total amount of donations came in at £720, which with £68 spent on flowers.  Meaning we have raised about £650 for Special Effect, beating last year’s total by about 50%!

The flowers themselves look considerably better this year – full credit to, as it happens, my mum and dad for buying, fetching, arranging and generally sorting them.

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Each bunch of flowers (I expect there will be more later) was pledged by one of (where a company or university is listed this should be read as staff/students/alumni/hangers-on from company or university, rather than any endorsement from the place itself – this is very definitely a grassroots thing):

  • Royal Holloway, Computer Science PhD Students
  • Royal Holloway, Information Security Group
  • School of Computer Science The University of Manchester (separate bunch) x 2
  • Cambridge University, Computer Science
  • Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington
  • The University of Salford Computing Society
  • School of Computing at the University of Leeds
  • Paul Heideman
  • University of Aberdeen, Computer Science
  • University of York, Computer Science
  • Heriot-Watt University, Computer Science
  • Exeter University, Computer Science
  • University of New South Wales
  • Oxford University Press
  • Someone in Liverpool, UK
  • The Yeno Family
  • Someone in Yukon, Canada
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Andy Longhurst
  • Brighton College Mathematics department
  • Elizabeth Fritsch
  • Bill Risbridger
  • Moscow High School No. 179
  • the Brin Family
  • Someone in Seattle, USA
  • Someone in Manchester
  • From someone alive because of your work
  • “With eternal thanks for helping enable us to do what we love everyday and spreading our learning to the ends of the Earth” – The team
  • Sony Evolution
  • An Admirer of Turing’s work.
  • Coventry University.
  • Bath University (very much so!)

I’ll put up the accounting post shortly (where we put up the receipts for flowers and the receipt from Special Effect so that it’s clear to everyone that all the money went to the right place) but right now I’m basking in the glow of a job well done. Really pleased that everyone came together on this one. I’ll do a project post-mortum on my own blog in a few weeks – there were lots of things that went right this year but a few things we failed to capitalise on from 2014.


There’s also a nice write-up with some photos here.

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