Involvement in our community is a key principle of all the work we do. For us it is important to contribute back to the community we live and work in and we see it as part of our day-to-day work to contribute back to where we came from. Ethical values are core to our business and we see our work as a way to contribute know-how and experience back, but also to support events and good causes either financially or with our time and experience.
We are regular speakers at a number of user groups in Wellington and organise the PHP User Group and help run the Wellington functional programming user group. On a bigger scale we regularly talk at conferences like LinuxConf, MulticoreWorld and PacINet. We are regularly attending conferences locally and overseas to make sure we are aware of the latest trends but also to meet face to face with those who work with us on open source projects.
Another community we are very passionate about is the New Zealand startup scene. We mentor at Startup Weekends and help startups that need technical feedback or help building early stage prototypes. We help out at startup related events around New Zealand and are deeply involved in a number of startups. Helping out startups is a passion and we love helping startups off the ground and get them to the stage where
they start to generate revenue or when they get their first round of investment.
A more recent addition to the work we do community wise is our involvement in the Good For Nothing Challenge. We are working with a team of entrepreneurs that travel to Cambodia working for a week on projects that help lift a select number of charities in Cambodia to the next level. We are working on a learning tool for children that helps the schools teach more effectively and the children to learn more and to a higher standard. We are extremely passionate about this project as it helps the poorest to gain something nobody can take off them again. Education is extremely important and helping to build tools that make education more efficient, especially for places that don’t have a great deal of infrastructure, is a very rewarding task. Talk to us if you want to get involved, all work is open source and everybody can contribute.
Open source is also not just a buzz word for us. We contribute a lot to the open source projects we use and release as much of the software we write as open source as possible. We believe that open source is a key tool for becoming a better developer and a way for us developers to make the world a better place. It reduces the barrier to entry for those that have fewer resources than we do and it helps us write better code because everyone has access to it, which implies accountability for code we release. Open source is a big shift in terms of software development from a very restrictive old economy way of thinking, to a more modern and open approach. We are as open and transparent as we can be, while not exposing our clients to any risks or disclosing any IP of our clients.
Community is big for Springtimesoft and we go to great lengths to make sure we do all our work in an ethical way.