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Identity & the UK Gov AI Summit: From Cutting Edge Tech to Community Support

In a world where innovation is continually pushing the boundaries of technology, the inaugural AI Security Summit, put together by Identity brought an elite group of visionaries into the same room, including Rishi Sunak and tech luminary Elon Musk. This unprecedented event drew the brightest minds in AI, governments from around the world, leading AI companies, civil society groups, and research experts. The summit's mission was twofold: to address the risks posed by AI at the cutting edge of development and to explore internationally coordinated strategies to mitigate these risks.


Alongside the cutting-edge excitement, an environment had been created to host these individuals. From wooden panels, to lamps, to chairs to lino and flooring, there was a wonderful assortment of items which could have gone to waste after the event but, thanks to Identity, were waiting to find second homes with the Event Cycle network instead. 15 organisations were supported from the repurposing of used event materials at this event. 


Flatpack 

Flatpack, is a film and visual arts charity which orchestrates an array of events, from film festivals to community screenings and training sessions. Their mission is to bring communities together through the power of art and cinema. Thanks to Identity and the AI Summit, Flatpack acquired some much-needed office improvements.


"We received our items and love them! As a charity we spend as much of our income as possible on delivering events and activities for other people which means we don't have much to spend on our overheads, including our office. The four lights we got from [Identity and the AI Summit] might not seem like they would make much of a difference but improving our working space has already had such a positive impact on the happiness of our team, who currently mention how nice the ambience is every time they step through the door. 
Thanks so much again,"
Abbe Elliston, Head of Operations, Flatpack

The Askefield Project 

The Askefield Project is a Care Farm that works with adults battling mental health issues. They provide a wide range of activities and support services, fostering community engagement. Constantly looking to improve their offering and without much budget to do so the team welcome the donation of wooden flats and servery units, will help build sheds and create much-needed storage space in their classrooms. 


As well as this, the wood will be used to create scenes for their Christmas installation the Living Nativity and provide some materials for their Toolshed sessions, which invite the community to create with wood. One gentleman is making some trestles using the timber and another is making a trolley for his coal bucket. The units they received have been used to tidy their classroom so now the floor is clear and they can use the space to make lanterns at their Christmas event.


The Good Soil

The Good Soil Trust received some serveries as well. These kitchen cabinets or serving counters depending on how you want to use them will be kept in their catering careers in the kitchen of the trust. The Trust, which provides supported accommodation, a farm and structured activities for people who have experienced homelessness, have a shared cooking space for residents to create products from the farm’s produce. This enables the residents to develop work -readiness skills and become part of the community after experiencing a life without solid walls or structure. 



No Floor No More 

No Floor No More CIC is a St Albans based initiative, actively alleviating difficulties around house refurbishment for those on low income or living in council housing. The tenants No Floor No More works with are often unable to fund new flooring in their homes, leading to an increased reliance on basic floorboards or concrete. Apart from the human misery this causes, this also increases the cost of heating bills adding to the challenge these tenants face. With carpet prices at a premium, sending the leftover flooring from events is a great way to help those in need. So that’s exactly what the AI Safety Summit did. 



With the forethought of identity and the AI Summit, Event Cycle were able to support a number of other organisations looking at reuse and recycling, mental health support, sports charities, hospices and a charity looking after the wellbeing of vulnerable teenagers. These included REMO - Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling network (CCORN); Victory Church; Eagles Nest Project; Academia Mentoring; City of Birmingham Hockey Club; St Peter’s Glenfield; Retro Computer Museum; Myton Hospice; Just Wood; Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council; Muslim Charity


Identity's AI Safety Summit was a tremendous success not only for the wealth of knowledge shared but also for the legacy it left behind. Thanks to the AI Safety Summit and the generous contributions of Identity, these charities, community groups, and social enterprises can continue to make a positive impact on their communities. This collaboration illustrates how corporate responsibility can empower organisations to make a difference far beyond the confines of a conference hall.


Want to see the full impact of the event? Read the report here:



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By collaborating with Event Cycle, your bolt-on sustainability team, you not only contribute to environmental conservation but also empower organizations and charities in need. Let's work together to create a more sustainable and inclusive future for everyone.


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