Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

The Heart of Agile Conference wants to ensure a respectful, safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

We do not tolerate harassing or disrespectful behavior, interactions, messages, or images, by any participant in the Heart of Agile conference, in any form. This includes business and social activities, regardless of location.

We encourage everyone to help in creating a welcoming and safe environment. Please report any concerns, harassing behavior, suspicious or disruptive activity.

The Heart of Agile Conference reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from the conference at any time at its sole discretion.

Something Has Happened

If you are being harassed, notice someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the following people.

Program Committee Members, Registration Desk, Heart of Agile Conference staff, Volunteers, or Venue Staff

If you feel unsafe or in danger, please call 911 / 112 or your local emergency number.

Detailed Expectations

Who does the Code of Conduct apply to?

Everyone. All participants in any Heart of Agile Conference activity, including attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, contributors etc, are required to agree with and adhere to the code of conduct.

Where and when does this Code of Conduct apply?

This code of conduct applies during all Heart of Agile Conference business and social activities, regardless of location.

What is considered harassment / a breach of the Code of Conduct?

Harassment includes (but is not limited to):

  • intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning conduct;
  • offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, age, religion, political views, technology choices;
  • 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, or unwelcome sexual attention.

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any situation, including talks, workshops, special events, meetings, and online presentations. Event sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

Some venues are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

What are the consequences of violating the Code of Conduct

Heart of Agile staff will enforce this code throughout all Heart of Agile Conference activities.

Participants in any Heart of Agile Conference activity asked to stop harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Heart of Agile Conference may take any action it deems appropriate, including reporting to authorities. Heart of Agile Conference reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from the conference without a refund at any time at its sole discretion.

When should I seek help or report an incident?

Every incident is important, no matter how minor it might seem at the time. Please seek help as soon as possible for anything you consider harassment or a breach of the Code of Conduct. You should also report all incidents as soon as possible after the incident occurs.

It is everybody’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe and respectful environment. As such, you should report incidents:

  • If it is something that has happened to you
  • If someone shared something with you, or you were with them when it happened
  • If you saw something happen from afar

How do I find help or report an incident?

If you need help, or need to report an incident please contact any of the following: Program Committee Members, Registration desk, Heart of Agile Conference staff, Volunteers, or Venue Staff.