All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at the /NEW conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
The Quick Version
Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate assault or harassment of conference participants in any form. Assault is any unwanted or threatening physical contact, and harassment is any unwanted or threatening presence or verbal or written contact. 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 t-shirts. Unacceptable behaviour also includes advocating for or encouraging harassing behaviours, as well as willfully falsely accusing others of these behaviours. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.
The Full Code of Conduct
This is a living document and will be updated as required to ensure safe, positive experiences for everyone.
Our mutual experience is enriched by the participation of people with varied and diverse backgrounds, and ../NEW Conference welcomes all people and the unique perspectives they provide. To this end, we are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all regardless of background, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, geno/phenotype, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, religion (or lack thereof), or ANY other differentiator.
This Code applies to all /NEW Conference attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers and in all /NEW Conference spaces – whether they are used for planning, relaxing, or learning – both online and in-person, as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to ../NEW Conference business. It outlines expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour. We invite all /NEW Conference participants to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone. With that in mind, please take a few minutes to review and consider our Code of Conduct.
Maintaining a welcoming community helps keep it vigorous. We recognise the relationships between words and actions and their effect on our community. Sharing spaces requires active demonstrations of respectful conduct, such as:
- Participating authentically and actively, which contributes to the health and longevity of this community.
- Exercise consideration when talking, taking care not to talk over others and using a moderate vocal volume. This can be especially important in an online situation.
- Be mindful of other nearby attendees. Make sure you leave other people a clear path to an exit and limit the expansiveness of gestures.
- Ask verbally or with a friendly gesture before initiating physical contact, and avoid proceeding without a positive verbal or physical response.
- Maintain consent by observing non-verbal and verbal clues that the other party may wish to end the interaction. If you aren’t sure, ask.
- Attempt collaboration before conflict, and try to resolve disagreements constructively. Being unable to understand someone’s viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong.
Please inform us if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential. Also, please inform us if you notice someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming and friendly to all. We want to know.
Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the inequalities that exist in today’s society. We want to ensure no one is talked over, ignored, or dismissed, and we are committed to making ../NEW Conference accessible to people from all backgrounds.
Problems diverse attendees of technology events often reference include, but are not limited to:
- Dismissing their lived experiences,
- Expecting a person of a given minority group to be an authority on all matters related to that group,
- Assuming that people who are not part of the dominant group are less knowledgeable about technology topics,
- Using Social Justice Warrior (SJW) as a pejorative term to demean or belittle the idea of diversity and inclusion,
- Targeting diverse people with acts of aggression, harassment, or retribution for calling out harassers and abusive behaviour.
This sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.
There is a wide range of unacceptable behaviour, and listing specific actions is not practical. As is generally the case with unacceptable behaviour, it is the unwelcomeness of the behaviour that is the problem—such as unwanted touching, unwanted remarks of a sexual nature, or unwelcome comments about people’s body or appearance.
This is not an exhaustive list of unacceptable behaviours, but a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the technology communities in which we participate. Harassment can include offensive comments related to appearance (e.g. race, size) or personal identifiers (e.g. gay, genderqueer), deliberate intimidation, following, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Unacceptable behaviour also includes advocating for or encouraging harassing behaviours, as well as willfully falsely accusing others of these behaviours.
If someone tells you ‘no’ or to leave them alone, your business with them is done. If you continue to attempt to have contact, you may be removed from the premises.
Reporting unacceptable behaviour can be upsetting. We will handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You will not be asked to confront anyone and anonymity requests will be respected. Breaches of the Code of Conduct reduce the value of /NEW Conference for everyone. We want you to have fun and learn at /NEW Conference. People like you make /NEW Conference a better place.
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, or if you are subject to or witness a Code of Conduct breach and you feel comfortable making the request, please ask the person in question to stop. To help us identify patterns of behaviour and possible repeat offenders, we would be grateful if you would also report the harassment as set out below.
If you do not want to address the person directly, or if you engage with them and the harassment or Code of Conduct breach does not stop, please report the issue as soon as possible. Any staff member can direct you to a listener, or you can email the conference team at [email protected]. Listeners are available to help members feel safe. Organisers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.
Reports are taken very seriously. We will act upon every report received and will attempt to mediate a solution.
Our Listener Team will respond to you as quickly as possible, and ensure that you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other /NEW Conference staff to ensure your report is managed properly. We will do our best to protect your identity if we take action as a result of your report.
Details of your complaint will only be disclosed to the /NEW Conference team members who are dealing with it. We will keep you advised of the progress we’re making in handling the issue, and of any action we decide to take.
We will take into account your views when deciding on that action. Please be aware that if you report a serious criminal matter, or we believe that you or someone else may be in danger, we may need to contact the police. We would take into account any concerns you may have around involving them.
If you wish to take further steps following your report and our response, our team will be happy to help you contact venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. Above all, we want you to feel valued, safe and included at /NEW Conference.
Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately. /NEW Conference retains the right to take necessary measures to keep our spaces welcoming to all attendees. We may take action to redress anything disrupting the event or making the environment hostile.
Measures taken may include warning the offender, mediating solutions between parties, or any other action, up to and including temporary or permanent expulsion from the conference with no refund or other remedy, at the /NEW Conference organising team’s sole discretion. Police will be notified if appropriate.
All accused parties will have the opportunity to give their side of the story, either with or without the complainant present, as preferred by both parties. Where agreement regarding these arrangements cannot be reached, the /NEW Conference organising team will have the final say on how complaint hearings will proceed.
If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify the Ombuds by [email protected] with a concise description of your grievance. The /NEW Conference reserves the right to consult outside legal counsel with respect to the applicability and enforcement of this Code of Conduct.
License and Attribution
This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution—ShareAlike license. Portions of text derived from the Django Code of Conduct, the Geek Feminism Anti-Harassment Policy, Open Source Bridge, Dublin 2019 Code of Conduct and CoNZealand Code of Conduct.