Cogapp in the Community


Cogapp operates on five principles, one of which is to play a useful role in our community. This page details our approach.

The Cogapp community has a broad definition and includes our local area; the technology industry; the GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum) community; as well as colleagues, current and past.

Charitable profit share

The Cogapp team receive a discretionary bonus based on company profitability. Since 2017, the bonus pool has also included a share for a charitable cause that is nominated and chosen by our staff.  

Beneficiaries to date:

Activities and events

We created and curated MCNx London to celebrate 50 years of the Museums Computer Network in February 2018.

We conceived and organised the Diversity Working Group - a collective of similar organisations looking to improve diversity across our sector.

Following its launch in 1999, Cogapp has maintained the Kidney Patient Guide website and forum for more than twenty years on a pro bono basis. The Kidney Patient Guide provides free advice to people affected by end-stage renal failure.

We have provided extensive long-term volunteer support to non-profits including Our Future City, Wired Sussex and Art UK.

Brighton and Hove Pride is one of the UKโ€™s biggest Pride festivals. It also raises money for some fantastic charities in the city. For several years we have organised and funded a project to decorate our building, New England House, with the Pride Flag in return for charitable donations from fellow businesses.

Beneficiaries to date:

We host and sponsor local codebar events

Brighton Project Collective was formed by Cogapp to give the producers of Brighton a chance to meet and exchange ideas.

Members of Cogapp, The Kidney Patient Guide forum and their families walked 10 miles over 12 iconic London Bridges raising money for Kidney Research UK.

Our Deputy Production Director, Louise, walked the Museum Marathon, raising money for Autism in Museums.

Five members of our team volunteered for the Macmillan Brighton takeover.

Samesky donation towards Burning of the clocks, a wonderful Brighton festival.

A group of staff took part in Movember to raise money for health charities.

We bought every employee a Keep Britain Kind t-shirt, the proceeds of which support Libertyโ€™s human rights work.


We have also sponsored conferences and events including:

  • Museum Ideas

  • MuseWeb

  • CultureGeek

  • IIIF conference

  • CharityComms

  • Brighton Digital Festival

  • Spring Forward Festival

  • Wired Sussex TalentFest

  • Lumen Prize

  • Your Rewired State Hackathon

  • TedX Brighton

  • Farm Hack Day


Our gender-neutral office toilet is twinned with Latrine No. 15644 in Bagerhat, Bangladesh.