sphere.it is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or lack thereof. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.
Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the organizers of the conference. This applies to both in-person and online behavior.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
-Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion
-Sexual images in public spaces
-Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
-Harassing photography or recording
-Sustained disruption of talks or other events
-Inappropriate physical contact
-Invasion of personal space
-Unwanted sexual attention
-Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take all actions to keep a welcoming & friendly environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expelling from the conference with no refund. Event organisers may take action to address anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile to any participant. We expect participants to follow these rules in all venues and event-related social activities. We believe people should follow these principles also outside event-related activities!
If someone makes you or someone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Conference staff can be identified by badges. Harassment and other violations of the Code of Conduct reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place. You can make a report either in person or anonymously.
This Code of Conduct was based on JSConf EU, ScalaDays and the work of Valerie Aurora “How to Respond to Code of Conduct Reports“.
You can make a personal report by contacting a TEAM member or emailing us: [email protected]
When reporting in person, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure the proper management of your report. When you are safe, we will ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be annoying, but we will handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we will not tell anyone who you are.
Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide a guide, or otherwise assist and help you to feel safe throughout the event. We value your attendance.