Striking a work-trek balance for TNMOC

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Trekking and working in the wildest of places for TNMOC

Asti's 'Bloody Challenge' becomes even bloodier

Astrid Byro is fundraising with a difference for The National Museum of Computing. Next April, she is helping TNMOC's Learning Programme by trekking to Everest Base Camp -- trekking in the morning and working in the 'recovery' period afternoons.

Astrid's busy IT career means that her spare time is meagre and the only way she can find the time to do the trek for TNMOC is by continuing to work with her UK-based team as she travels through the rocky wastes in one of the world's great wildernesses.

Astrid explains: "I'm no stranger to remote working, but I began to realise that my glib proposal to work from the Himalaya was a horse of a different feather! Lugging a laptop isn't feasible and communications there are uncertain at best.

"Researching how to manage to work from the mountaintops has become essential, and it has brought completely unexpectedly benefits. Software from one of my sponsors, Atlassian, is enabling me to implement a web interface to manage my team remotely. The team already likes it so much because of the transparency it has brought to its work that it looks set to become a permanent feature."

Astrid's next task is to see how she can improve communications without relying on internet cafes which will disappear as she nears Everest Base Camp.

Astrid has made a great start on her way to her target of fundraising £20,000 to fund a TNMOC project to encourage the next generation of promising young programmers. She is paying all of the costs of her trip from her own pocket -- so donors and supporters can be assured that all of the funds she raises will be for TNMOC.

You can read more about her progress on her blog ABC2EBC and please support her on her JustGiving page.

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