One theme that remains central to a Sourced way-of-life, is supporting others wherever possible and having a little fun along the way.
In late 2013, we launched the first South Island Hacktivate event ‘Mile High’ (in conjunction with Orion Health) and brought together the local technology industry in a competitive programming competition. This event welcomed professionals and students alike to join in a festive night of fun and competitive software development and most importantly engaged professionals and students in networking.
We sponsor and helped to organise (Jason sat on the committee 2012 – 16) the Canterbury Software Summit, the largest IT conference for professional development and education in the South Island, which we continue to sponsor (every year since 2012).
In 2016 we also hosted and sponsored the Canterbury Women in Tech meet-up, hosting a panel discussion on mentoring which resulted in a formal mentoring programme being born.
Sourced has encouraged the early development of skilled IT people. We have been key sponsors of Code Club Aotearoa, a national movement bringing primary school students together to learn software development.
In 2015, Sourced was a program sponsor of Christchurch’s Lightning Lab Digital New Zealand’s premier business accelerator programme that supports, and invests in, early-stage entrepreneurs and their tech startups. The first series was held in late 2015 with highly successful results in helping high-growth startups to excel in their markets.
We have sponsored for the sixth year running, Startup Weekend, it’s an event designed to encourage new and emerging entrepreneurs with a technical bent. Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures something that is very needed in a nation where IT is in demand.
We’re regularly getting our clients out of their comfort zones, holding group client events like:
We recently corralled all of our contractors, clients and families together for an advanced screening of Finding Dory, with all proceeds going to the Cholmondeley Children’s Centre.
Jason Bishop, our Managing Director, has sat on the committee of the Canterbury Software Cluster (now Canterbury Tech) from 2012-2016, the RCSA NZ Council from 2016-2019 and is regularly called upon as an industry advisor, participating on boards and task forces in areas such as addressing the critical skills shortage, skills attraction and retention, branding, social media, and emerging communication technologies.
In mid 2013 we began working together with a leading survey response software company to measure seasonal trends within the Canterbury IT Recruitment market. This has enabled us to put some definitive evidence around what we often report as the state of the market. The biannual report features the results of a six-monthly survey sent to a hand-picked database of Christchurch IT employers, employees and job seekers, registered with Sourced. As of 2017, the report will also be set to cover the Auckland area, reflecting Sourced’s recent growth in the region.
FLUXNZ is a national initiative dedicated to providing news, data and insights relating to the growing New Zealand technology industry. Founded in 2013, Flux is an initiative focused on providing candidates and clients with refined data, trends and analysis of the IT field and a map of businesses within the industry. The response has been extremely positive from users of the FLUXNZ report.
To ensure we’re providing a high-quality service, we need to be experts on our client’s market. We maintain and build our knowledge of the IT industry by immersing ourselves in it and have been recognised with the following awards: