by Ross Baker
Trend Micro’s mission is first and foremost to make the world a safer place in which to exchange digital information. But we’ve always tried to do so with a keen sense of what it takes to be a responsible corporate citizen. Our partnerships around the world have seen us invest in various initiatives to help build and develop local communities.
One such partnership is with City of Westminster College in London. If you’re keen to see what the next generation of star photographers look like, then come down to the student exhibition at our offices on 22 March.
Trend Micro’s efforts in the CSR space have taken us far and wide over the years. From house-building in the Philippines to cherry blossom fund-raising in mountainous Taiwan, there’s been no shortage of exotic locations. But we haven’t lost sight of the local story either. In fact, some of our longest-running projects have been based around schools and education. Some of this is work centred around raising awareness of cybersecurity in students from an early age, whilst other projects might be more focused on supplying much-needed resources and facilities.
Our partnership with City of Westminster College is now in its fourth year. The aim is to offer a platform for its photography students to show off their work, and financial support in the form of bursaries, funding and photography equipment. It’s all about helping these talented students achieve their dreams to progress to further education — and beyond.
Our connected world
Each year follows a similar pattern. We set the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and Extended Diploma Photography students a brief, and they produce pieces around that central theme. This year it’s Our Connected World. At the event in March the top three pieces are announced and they will be hung in the Trend Micro offices for the following year. Judging by the quality of recent years, whoever wins this time around will be more than worthy of a spot in Trend Micro HQ.
Thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and Instagram, everyone’s a budding photographer these days. But there’s a huge difference between the casual snapper and dedicated professional. Hopefully, with a little help from Trend Micro, we can get more of these students where they need to be: on the road to further successes doing what they love. If we can do that whilst teaching these digital natives a little bit more about cybersecurity, then all the better.
We’d encourage you all to support this event. It’s a big deal for the students who will be attending with teachers, heads of department, family and friends. This year we’ll also have two of our very own superstar acts performing: DJs Fundamentals and Micky P, who will be spinning some tunes at the event. There will also be food and drinks served.
See you there!
When: 22 March 2018 at 17:30
Where: Trend Micro UK
2 Kingdom St,
London W2 6BD