Code of Conduct

Az Community Conference, all its venues and online spaces are an inclusive environment, based on treating all individuals respectfully, regardless of gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability (physical or mental), nationality, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), physical appearance, lifestyle choices, software preferences or other dimensions of diversity.


We value respectful behavior above individual opinions. We expect all conference participants (organizers, sponsors, venue staff, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

Respectful Behaviour

  • Be considerate, kind, constructive and helpful.
  • Treat everyone with respect and dignity.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.
  • If you're not sure, ask someone instead of assuming.
  • Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

Unacceptable Behaviour

  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees.
  • Offensive or disrespectful comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, mental illness, physical appearance, race, religion or disability.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs and employment.
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides).
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following.
  • Harassing photography or video recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Inappropriate contact and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Wearing clothing that is not suitable for a professional work environment, that is provocative or otherwise potentially offensive.
  • Failure to obey any rules or regulations of the conference.

What to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behavior

You are empowered to politely engage when you feel that someone is engaging in unacceptable behavior. The person engaging in unacceptable behavior may not be aware of what they are doing - politely bringing their behavior to their attention is encouraged.

If you are uncomfortable speaking up or feel that your concerns are not being duly considered, please notify the organizers as soon as possible (contact details below). All concerns shared with us will be kept confidential, but you may also submit an anonymous report.

If you experience unacceptable behavior and feel in any way unable to respond or resolve it respectfully (for any reason), please immediately bring it to the attention of a member of the Az Conference Team. We want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or just icky in any way. We will listen and work to resolve the matter.

Apologize for Mistakes

Should you catch yourself engaging in unacceptable behavior, or be confronted as such, own up to your words and actions, and apologize accordingly. No one is perfect, and even well-intentioned people make mistakes. What matters is how you handle them and avoid repeating them in the future.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated whether by other attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, or sponsors or exhibitors. As organizers, we will seek to resolve conflicts peacefully and in a manner that is positive for the community. Participants warned to stop any harassing behavior and are expected to comply immediately. Failure to do so will result in an escalation of consequences.

Consequences may include

  • a request for an apology
  • a private or public warning or reprimand
  • a temporary expulsion and exclusion from the event without warning or refund
  • a permanent expulsion and exclusion from the event without warning or refund

Reporting and Contact

If you believe someone has violated the Code of Conduct, we encourage you to report it. If you are unsure whether the incident is a violation, or whether the space where it happened is covered by this Code of Conduct, we encourage you to still report it. We are fine with receiving reports where we decide to take no action for the sake of creating a safer space.

You can make a personal report by
  • Emailing us at:

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. You won't be asked to confront anyone, and we won't tell anyone who you are.

You can also make an anonymous report. Please note that without a way to contact you, an anonymous report may be difficult to act on. You may also create a throwaway account to report.

In cases where a public response is deemed necessary, the identities of victims and reporters will remain confidential unless those individuals instruct us otherwise.

While all reports will be taken seriously, the team may not act on complaints that they feel are not violations of this code of conduct.

By registering to attend Az Community Conference, you are hereby agreeing to the Conference Code of Conduct. We value your attendance and will do everything within our control to make sure that your experience at our conference remains a positive one

Thank you to every Az Conference participant for making Az Conference a kind, safe and welcoming space.