Breaking the Silos

Code of Conduct

All community members, attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers of Breaking the Silos are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout all events and in community channels. We are expecting cooperation from all participants and community members to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

The Quick Version

Breaking the Silos is dedicated to providing a harassment-free 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 event participants or community members in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue or community channel, including talks, workshops, parties, Mastodon, Twitter, Meetup, Discord and other online media. Event participants and community members violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event or community without a refund at the discretion of Breaking the Silos or the event organisers.

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 and community members asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant or community member engages in harassing behaviour, the organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event or community with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organiser or member of event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing designated badges. You may also contact Daphné De Troch at daphne@bjien.be or via message at linkedin.com/in/daphnedetroch.

Organisers and event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

We expect participants and community members to follow these rules at event and workshop venues, social events, the Discord server, social media channels, and other places related to Breaking the Silos.


Based on the work of Conference Code of Conduct, http://2012.jsconf.us/#/about, and The Ada Initiative.
Original work licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Changes made by Breaking the Silos.