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Events Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

for Events hosted by the Tech Alliance

Effective 1 August 2022

The New Zealand Tech Alliance is a group of independent technology associations from across New Zealand that work together to ensure a strong voice for technology.

Coordinated by NZTech, the Tech Alliance brings together 20 tech associations including but not limited to AI Forum NZ, AgriTechNZ, BioTechNZ, BlockchainNZ, Digital IdentityNZ, EdTechNZ, FinTechNZ, InsurTechNZ, LocationTech, the IOT Alliance, NZTech, ShadowTech, TechWomen and WealthTechNZ.

This Code of Conduct applies to all events held under the umbrella of the Tech Alliance.

1. Purpose

The Tech Alliance believes its community should be truly open for everyone. As such, it is committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behaviour as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour at all Tech Alliance hosted events – physical or virtual/online.

We invite all speakers, attendees and other participants to help us realise a safe and positive event experience for everyone.

2. Expected Behaviour

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behaviour and speech.
  • Be mindful of your fellow participants. Alert event organisers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Participate in an authentic and active way.
  • Act in a responsible manner in regard to alcohol consumption.

3. Unacceptable Behaviour

The following list outlines examples of unacceptable behaviour but is not exhaustive. Attendees are expected to exercise good judgment and adhere to the general principles of respect and professionalism. Any behaviour that disrupts the positive and inclusive atmosphere of the event may be subject to review and appropriate action by event organisers.

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Inappropriate photography or recording.
  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualised comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.
  • Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.
  • Public intoxication – being visibly and noticeably impaired due to excessive alcohol (or drug) consumption

4. Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behaviour, the event organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the event without warning or refund.

5. What to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behaviour

If you are subject to unacceptable behaviour, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify an event organiser as soon as possible.

6. Scope

The Tech Alliance expects all event participants (sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all events.

7. Contact Information

For online events, please send a private message to the event organiser hosting the session.

For physical events please email events@techalliance.nz or any other contact method provided to attendees at the event. 

8. Licence and Attribution

This Code of Conduct is adapted from that published at WordPress.org which in turn was adapted from that published at Open Source Bridge. The original can be viewed at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence.