Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they'll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.
Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.
We ask you to live by these rules through every part of the conference, from venue to workshops and social events. We would applaud it, if you would live by these rules through life, but unfortunately, our privilege as organisers doesn't stretch that far...
By raising the bar for inclusivity for ourselves as organisers, we raise the bar for our attendees. We don't do this because we have energy laying around and want to do something bohemian, we do this in the hope we inspire people to personally raise their own bar.
Specific rules for speakers on stage
A code of conduct is only as strong as the willingness and dedication of the organisers to enforce it. The speakers are usually the best visible reflection of standards and therefor we want to show how we handle inappropriate behavior on stage.
If a speaker for example makes a remark on stage that insinuates something sexist. Then the room-monitor has the responsibility first of deciding on which side of the blurry line of inclusiveness the remark falls. The room-monitor has the ability to reach out over earpieces to the other organisers to help decide as quickly as possible if something crossed the line or not. If the remark was on the wrong side of the line, the room-monitor will then show a sign from the first row with the words “inappropriate content” to the speaker. Ideally asap after the remark happened. This gives the speaker the privacy to reflect and the opportunity to apologise.
The presentation will continue as normal, regardless of the speaker acting on having seen the sign or not. When a second screw-up happens on stage, the room-monitor will cancel the presentation by going on stage, and announce that “due to a dinosaur on stage, we have to cancel this session”. The presentation and livestream will then be stopped, and conference caries on with the remaining sessions of that day.
Contact for CoC
You can also get in to touch with one of the 2 contacts for Code of Conduct listed below. Both can guarantee discretion and privacy. This means you can avoid having to talk to different people about an issue, and you have one person that takes care of anything that needs taking care off.