Code of Conduct

HackWest aims to be a conference for everyone; that means we run a zero-tolerance policy on harassment against anyone, for any reason. We expect all organizers, volunteers, attendees, sponsors, vendors and participants to agree to and follow code of conduct guidelines. Should you have questions, concerns or doubts about whether an action would be in violation of the CoC, please contact

HackWest takes seriously any complaint of harassment but specifically those which target an individual based on (but not limited to) age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity & expression, physical appearance, race, religion and sexual orientation.

HackWest will investigate any report of behavior deemed as an effort to upset, annoy, or otherwise interfere with another person such as; hate speech, catcalling, unwanted attention, deliberate intimidation, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, stalking, following, and unwelcome sexual attention.

HackWest maintains the stance that sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media related to the event. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

As stated previously sponsors & vendors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. 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, HackWest organizers will take appropriate action to ensure that the conference remains a harassment free area. This may be as simple as a warning to the offender, however HackWest reserves the right to expel bad actors from the conference without a refund. Following an incident report after the event, the CoC Committee will investigate to determine if permanent exclusion from further HackWest events is a suitable course of action.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed or have any further concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they will be wearing staff shirts or badges. If you do not feel safe approaching a member of staff directly, you can also make a report by emailing or calling/texting the dedicated CoC phone number listed at the event. The email and phone are staffed by a trained CoC committee member who will respond within 15 minutes during a HackWest event or within 24 hours outside of HackWest events. This will put you in touch with a trained staff member who will listen to your complaint and discuss further action. All reports made will be retained and reviewed after an event by the CoC committee to determine if further action is necessary. Such reports will be retained for the duration of a sanction and 1 year after, after which they shall be expunged. While every effort will be made to maintain the privacy of those involved in an incident, HackWest reserves the right to make a minimal public statement should it be necessary.

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