Software Innovation NZ is the New Zealand software research network. It brings together software researchers from universities, Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), government agencies, other tertiaries and industry-based researchers in a coordinated network of research excellence with demonstrable industry impact.  Software Innovation NZ will develop proven capacity to attract, grow and retain global research leaders who make a substantial and sustained contribution both to software-related research and to the NZ economy. Software Innovation NZ interacts with a wide range of companies, state agencies, educational bodies and international collaborators to deliver on its twin goals of science excellence and socio-economic impact.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to establish New Zealand as a country offering high quality software development through advanced research and smart collaboration.

Our Vision is to foster a software engineering ecosystem in New Zealand that creates wealth and jobs, and contributes to social, cultural and environmental well-being.

Strategic Objectives

Capability: to attract, grow and retain world-class software researchers.

Challenge: to challenge partners to co-create innovative software-based products and services.

History of SINZ

  • 22 October 2019

    Constitution is signed

  • 28-29 June 2018

    EASE 2018 at UC (Christchurch)

    Under the coordination of Austen Rainer, SINZ sponsors the International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE).

  • 9 November 2017

    Open invite for membership

    Kelly Blincoe sent a call for memberships to Aotearoa New Zealand Software Engineering Researchers.

  • 29 June 2017

    First AGM at AUT (Auckland)

    SINZ held its first Annual General Meeting.

  • 10 February 2017

    SINZ Website Live

    The SINZ website went live for the first time.

  • 8 December 2016

    SINZ has an official name

    The founders and first unofficial members decided on the “Software Innovation New Zealand” (SINZ) name during APSEC 2016 (in Hamilton, New Zealand).

  • 25 October 2016

    First meeting of SINZ

    During the very first meeting of the founding members of SINZ, Stephen G. MacDonell proposed the name Software Innovation New Zealand” (SINZ) that will later be made official.

  • 4 July 2016

    Initial discussion to form SINZ

    Austen Rainer, after discussion with Stephen G. MacDonell, proposed to form a group of researchers in Software Engineering in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Code of Conduct

Software Innovation New Zealand is committed to providing a welcoming space for all attendees. A primary goal of our workshops and seminars is to promote the open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression among software engineering researchers in Aotearoa. These require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group; fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect; and embraces diversity.

For these reasons, Software Innovation New Zealand is dedicated to providing an inclusive harassment-free experience for participants at our events and in official communications channels, including social media. We want every participant to feel welcome, included, respected, and safe. There is no tolerance for unwelcome or hostile behaviour or speech that intimidates, creates discomfort, or interferes with a person’s participation or opportunity for participation at our workshop and events.

Expected Behaviour

We expect all Software Innovation New Zealand workshop and seminar participants to behave professionally and to help create a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees, volunteers, sponsors, organizers, speakers, venue staff, and exhibitors in all venues, including ancillary events and unofficial social gatherings:

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions;
  • Be mindful of cultural differences in engagement – attendees originate from all over the world and may have a different level of comfort with respect to language and personal space;
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech;
  • Discuss and critique ideas, not people;

Unacceptable Behaviour includes: abusive or degrading language, sustained disruption of a talk or other activity, discrimination, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, sexual imagery, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Harassment includes: comments, writings, or actions including jokes that discriminate or denigrate an individual on the bases of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, religion, national origin, disability, pregnancy, medical conditions, veteran status, or any other aspect of a person’s social identity.

Sexual Harassment includes: unwelcome advances or propositions; inappropriate touching of an individual’s body; degrading or humiliating comments about an individual’s appearance; displaying or distributing sexually explicit images or messages.

Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this policy, even if they seem inconsequential.

How to Report Unacceptable Behaviour

Anyone witnessing or subject to unacceptable behaviour should notify anyone on the workshop organising committee or the Software Innovation New Zealand executive committee.

If you feel that you or someone around you is in immediate danger, please dial 111 on your phone (police, fire, ambulance).

An individual violating these standards may be sanctioned or excluded from further participation at Software Innovation New Zealand events, without refund, at the discretion of the event organizers.