Everyone involved with and participating in the I, Scientist 2020 conference is required to adhere to the following code of conduct.The code of conduct is a modified version of the Berlin Code of Conduct.

Purpose

A primary goal of all the conferences and user groups that refer to this Code of Conduct is to be inclusive to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, age, educational background, socioeconomic status and religion (or lack thereof).

This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all those who participate in I, Scientist to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

Open [Source/Culture/Tech] Citizenship

A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open [source/culture/tech] citizenship 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.

Suggestion: The pac-man rule

Going to a conference when you don’t know anyone there can be hard and intimidating. Let’s make the event inclusive and welcoming for everyone! When you’re standing in a group during the breaks or networking events and there’s no reason why other conference participants shouldn’t join, try to leave space for one more person to join your group discussion: stand like pac-man!

Pro challenge: If you choose to accept it, try to build the largest pac-man in the room. Invite new people into your groups, make new friends, and build a community full of people who feel included. We all benefit. We thank Eric Holscher for this idea, you can find out more here.

Behavior at the conference

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference team members 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 community online, at all related events and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of community business. Community 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 events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any participant, 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 participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the conference and the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event). Professional security staff will be available at the conference venue during all times of the conference.

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 a conference team member. We will have a separate room available for discussing the incident. During, before and after the conference session on harassment, a counselor will be available in this room to counsel victims of harassment in general. Additionally, team members can help participants to engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe. Professional security staff will be available at the conference venue during all times of the conference.

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.

Scope

We expect all participants (team members, 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

This Code of Conduct is a modified version 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.