Code of Conduct


Beyond the Code is a conference aimed at highlighting the achievements and experiences of underrepresented groups in technology. Through a technical framework, we’ll explore the challenges in tech and discuss how we can contribute to the positive growth of these groups. .

We encourage anyone who is interested in actively participating in the day to attend. The goal of the conference is to provide a safe, positive, and inclusive environment for participants and speakers to have meaningful conversations and learn from each other.

In order to create this kind of safe, positive, and inclusive environment, we ask that all conference attendees follow the conduct guidelines outlined below.

Why have we adopted a code of conduct?

The code is an explicit documentation of the expectations and the values that we hold as a conference community about behaviour. The code of conduct allows us to reflect on what kind of experience we want this to be and what kind of community and values we want to foster. This serves as a set of guidelines and we hope that everyone works together to abide by them as well as to ensure that others are.

 Overview

The goal of Beyond the Code is to create a rewarding  experience for everyone involved — regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or lack thereof, ethnicity disability, physical appearance, body size, or any other characteristics. All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a way that is appropriate for and inclusive of all individuals.

The code of conduct applies to all communication and behaviour at or about the conference, including social media. Please post respectfully.

In a nutshell: be respectful, inclusive, and aware of your words and reactions. Be vigilant about how what you say might affect others, and work hard not to make anyone feel uncomfortable.

We strongly encourage all participants to have open and honest discussions and to take ownership of their words and actions. If you see someone behaving inappropriately, (and if you feel comfortable confronting them,) we encourage you to respectfully ask them to stop. If the person does not respond to your request, or you would prefer not to confront them, please contact the organization team immediately. We are here to listen and to help resolve any issues should they arise.

If you find yourself engaging in inappropriate or disrespectful behavior, or if you are confronted by anyone else about your words or behavior, listen, own what you’ve said or done, apologize, and move forward in a respectful way.

Let’s work together as a community to ensure everyone feels safe and respected.

Terms


Beyond the Code strives to be accessible to all participants regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, and religious belief. If at any point during the conference you feel your accessibility needs are not being met, please get in touch with a volunteer.

We will not tolerate:

  • Discriminatory images
  • Intimidation, stalking, and harassment of any kind
  • Abusive photography or recording

Any sustained disruption of events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, threats, and discriminatory jokes are not acceptable behaviour.

Everyone is held accountable to the code of conduct. This includes:

  • Attendees

  • Exhibitors, speakers and panelists

  • Sponsors

  • Volunteers and Staff

Consequences
If any of these terms are violated, the participant will be asked to stop and must comply immediately. If an individual does don’t comply, organizers will take action as deemed appropriate, including expulsion from the conference without refund.

Problems or concerns

If you believe that anyone is in physical danger, please notify local law enforcement immediately.

Our intention is to make people aware of the community expectations regarding how we conduct ourselves. If this guideline is not enough please contact anna@shopify.com (613-302-9436)

Reporting Guide

If you believe that someone is violating the code of conduct please contact Anna Lambert by calling or texting 613-302-9436 or by emailing beyondthecode@shopify.com

All reports will be kept anonymous. 

The intention is to make people aware of the community expectations regarding how we conduct ourselves. If this guideline is not enough please contact:  beyondthecode@shopify.com or (613-302-9436)