.droidcon Global Code of Conduct
All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at droidcons around the globe as well as members of our online community at www.droidcon.com are required to follow & uphold the following code of conduct and demand its enforcement if necessary.
droidcon organizers and platform administrators are permitted and required to enforce the following Code of Conduct as the host throughout droidcon events and as community leaders online. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
We uphold our Values: sharing information, collaboration, personal freedom and trust
Our community and the droidcon conferences are built on a foundation of sharing information, collaboration, personal freedom and trust. 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 diverse backgrounds. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, appearance, age and religion (or lack thereof). Furthermore, we trust that information shared in this space, be it personal data, bits of code or new (business) ideas will not be exploited, stolen, used against any individual or used commercially in any way without their consent.
This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour.
This community is a safe space
This community is a safe space for those who feel vulnerable in public, at work or in the digital realm for any reason, generally or in a momentary situation. Thus we will support those in emotional or physical pain, alleviate uncomfortable situations, provide relief, actively help wherever possible and deny community access to those who wish to harm any community member in any way.
We invite all those who participate in our events and in our online community to help us in creating safe and positive experiences for everyone.
Violations of this code can, among other things, lead to immediate expulsion from the community. In extreme cases of violation that coincide with breaking local law, Mobile Seasons GmbH and their business partners reserve the right to take legal action.
Your personal data, code & ideas are protected
We live an open tech culture
A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open tech culture by encouraging participants to recognize and understand short and long-term cause and effect of social interactions within our community and strengthen the incentives for and the interest in positive social & communal action.
Communities mirror the societies they exist in. Positive action is essential to counteract any form of inequality and abuse of power within that society. All community members should encourage behaviour that is consistent with our values and discourage that which is not.
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.
We are welcoming towards guests and new members
Do you remember what it was like when you were new here? This community with its many experienced experts can be intimidating for new people. They can feel like they are not up to the community standard. Be welcoming and ask new members a question or two to get the conversation going. We encourage newbies to get to know us, share their skills and to learn & grow with our support.
We welcome helpfulness, respect and a positive attitude towards others
We welcome community members who participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community. Always be considerate and respectful in your communication and actions. If coming across different opinions, collaborating towards a solution is usually a better way to untangle a situation than starting a conflict. Understand your opposite and agree to disagree rather than standing your ground - a multitude of opinions enriches the community. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour 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.
We encourage inclusive language
If expressions like “Hey Dudes!” or “Hey Girls!” are used to address a diverse group, some people may feel excluded or belittled. Be exclusive and respectful in your language. This includes, for example, using the pronoun “they” in English if the gender of the person or group addressed or mentioned is not known. As for addressing a crowd, “folks” is always a good way to go but we do encourage (respectful) creativity here.
We ask for Consent
While asking for consent and respecting any answer is self-evident for sexual conduct, this rule also applies to other areas in our community, such as using others’ personal property, giving public statements about others, drawing public attention on (staging) an individual, sharing personal information and prolonged one-sided social contact. This rule applies both offline and online (i.e. droidcon stages and social media).
We reject disruptive behaviour
We reject disrupting and harmful behaviour towards others and towards the community, any community member is encouraged to do the same and inform a community leader if disruptive behaviour is observed. If disruptive behaviour is observed, community leaders will take action to ensure its termination.
Disruptive behaviours include: intimidation, harassment, physical or mental abuse, any kind of discrimination, hate speech & continuous disruptive actions in discord with the community values.
This applies to 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.
Discrimination includes: harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (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.
We will not tolerate self-administered justice
While we encourage community members to uphold and live our values, we draw a line at taking matters into your own hands. If you see someone who is ignoring our rules or acting against them, we encourage any community member to speak up and ask the offender to stop. If no community leader is available to intervene with the situation getting dangerous or unbearable for another person, we do encourage community members to intervene appeasingly with the intent to mitigate the situation - yet we oppose self-inflicted justice.
If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior, say something
If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behaviour or have any concerns about the community and its rules, please notify a community organizer as soon as possible. You can find the contact to a member of the organizers team responsible for the implementation of the code of conduct at the bottom of this page. Additionally, organizers are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behaviour feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organizers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.
We act on disruptive Behaviour
Unacceptable, disruptive behaviour from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. If a community member is warned to stop their disrupting behaviour, they are expected to comply immediately.
If a community member engages in disruptive behaviour, the community organizers may take any action within the bounds of law, including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the community without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event). In extreme cases that coincide with breaking the law, Mobile Seasons GmbH and their business partners reserve the right to take legal action.
We address and review your grievances fairly
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.
We expect all community participants (contributors - paid or voluntary, sponsors and guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct at all our events & online and in all communications pertaining to droidcon community business.
License and attribution
Droidcon community Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
Person to contact in case of violation: Carla Paul (firstname.lastname@example.org)