WeAreDevelopers Code of Conduct

We are promoting diversity and inclusion in tech around the year and at our events by supporting local communities, navigating networking opportunities and creating the space for knowledge exchange.

WeAreDevelopers welcomes everyone and is dedicated to defending anybody from harassment, regardless of gender, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules will be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes any verbal comments that reinforce social structure domination, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking or following, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact or encouraging any of the above behaviors.

Sexual language and imagery will not be tolerated for any conference venue, workshops, parties, talks, and online media.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibitors, sponsors or vendor booths and volunteers are also subject to the code of conduct. In particular, partners and exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff, conference organizers or volunteers should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. As organizers, we take the liberty of rejecting offers and collaboration with entities who are executing activities with connections to child labor, exploitation of people, gambling, drugs or weapons.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside the event too!

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact our event coordinators: [email protected]

Conference staff will also 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 value your attendance.

Open Environment

A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open environment by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.

Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.

If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know.

Expected Behavior

  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of the WeAreDevelopers community.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any participant in our online channels (e.g. Slack, Event App & Social Media Groups), at all related events and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of community business. Event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Harassment includes harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images (including presentation slides); inappropriate depictions of violence (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other formats; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any community/event member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a community/event member engages in unacceptable behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community/event without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify an event organizer as soon as possible ([email protected]). In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.

Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify one of the event organizers with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing governing policies.

Scope

We expect all community participants (contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues—online and in-person—as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.

License and attribution

WeAreDevs Events Code of Conduct is adaptation of the Berlin Code of Conduct, which is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. It is based on the pdx.rb Code of Conduct.

Contact us with ideas

If you have ideas on how we can create a more inclusive event, please do not hesitate to let us know. Contact Gerry Schneider, VP Events at [email protected].

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