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Our Code of Conduct

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All attendees, speakers, sponsors, organizers and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Our Awareness-Team 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 provide 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 harassment of conference participants in any form.

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. If talks are related to sexuality exceptions can be made if this is discussed with the organizers beforehand and is announced in advance. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference’s Awareness-Team.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

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

Sponsors are also subject to this code. In particular, 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.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference’s Awareness-Team may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff or the conference’s Awareness-team immediately.

The Awareness-team can be visually identified – details will be published here in advance. We expect participants to follow these rules at the conference venues and conference-related social events.

Inspired by: http://confcodeofconduct.com/

Our Awareness Teams

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To create a pleasant, safe and respectful atmosphere for all participants of the Think About! conference we have two Awareness-Teams available during the conference. “Awareness” in this case means the recognition or perception of verbal, psychological or physical violations of personal boundaries.

The Teams consist of two people of different genders and are experienced in the care and consultation of people who have experienced boundary-crossing situations. One team will be moving freely on the location, another one can be reached at a fixed position which will be communicated in advance. They will also be available via a phone number which will be published here as well.

One can also contact the Awareness Team through any of the other conference officials (people working at the conference).

The Awareness Team may warn offenders or exclude them from the conference with no refund.

Further details about our Awareness-Structure and our conduct during incidents will be published here in the future.

You can contact us before or after the conference as well.

The organization team may be reached via mail under the following addresses:

chrissi@think-about.io (GPG)
jakob@think-about.io (GPG)
andreas@think-about.io (GPG)

We shall soon be providing a list of external organizations you may also wish to contact.

Message of Empowerment

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You don’t have to be able to hack NASA in order to be a part of the Think About! conference. As long as you are considerate of others and intend to learn, you have a place here.

You have the right to decide when, where and by whom you want to be photographed or filmed. We have available colour-coded conference lanyards for anyone who would prefer not to be photographed or filmed.

You have the right to be treated fairly. Nobody has the right to threaten you or scare you. No matter how. Nobody is allowed to blackmail you, treat you poorly or hurt you. You decide what goes beyond your limits, nobody else.

You have the right to decide how close people can be to you. Nobody is allowed to touch you, massage you, caress you, kiss you without your consent, or push you to do so to someone else.

You have the right to say NO and to resist when someone oversteps your borders, hurts your feelings or those of someone else. You can say NO with facial expressions, words or body language. Even if you have said YES before.

Adapted from Amyna e.V., Institute for prevention of sexual abuse via Geheimorganisation.org at the 34C3.

Respecting Data Sovereignty

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To conduct this conference, we have to store a certain amount of data about attendees, speakers and sponsors. We believe that the personal data of individuals should be respected as a private good - so our promise to you is that we will never share your personal data beyond the minimal technical necessity. That would be:

  • Storing it at out ticket provider (Pretix in Germany)
  • Giving payment information to the payment provider selected during checkout - unless you wire the money via regular bank transaction
  • Storing it in our conference management tool Frab (hosted by Hetzner in Germany)
  • Storing it in our newsletter management tool Mailtrain if you subscribed to our newsletter (hosted by Hetzner in Germany)

We will neither sell your data nor give it away to any third party without your explicit consent, not even sponsors.

Disclaimer

This document is a work in progress and will be updated from time to time. In case you want to participate we welcome you to get in touch with us and send us your feedback or your suggestions.