This is the HOPE code of conduct for participation during a HOPE event. Have suggestions to make it better? Email us!

The HOPE series of events are open, inclusive forums for the sharing of ideas. HOPE is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. HOPE participants include speakers, vendors, makers, tinkerers, families, students, and everyone else wanting to experience HOPE events and be part of the HOPE community.

It is important for participants to step beyond prejudices, societal norms, and other perspectives that lead to disrespect for people and groups. Everyone is welcome at HOPE events, regardless of race, class, gender, age, ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, disability, sexual orientation, personal appearance, education level, text editor choice, and other aspects of who we are.

In short: HOPE is a space for tolerance and respect.

HOPE strongly values free speech and encourages talks that address hard topics. HOPE also encourages all participants to be mindful of their words and actions and how they may affect others, including being open to feedback.

HOPE has a zero-tolerance harassment policy. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, deliberate misgendering, disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, or any other disruptive behavior in or around the HOPE conference space.

Certain groups are held to a higher standard of behavior. Those groups include speakers, volunteers and vendors. These groups are expected to follow all HOPE conference rules and Code of Conduct guidelines regardless of other roles in the community or personal friendships or connections. For example, volunteers are expected to behave professionally and fairly during their shifts and vendors are encouraged to promote their products or ideas based on their own merits, not on the appearance of their staff.

The conference staff reserves the right to take appropriate action at any time. This may include ejection from the conference without refund or not being allowed to attend future events.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have related concerns, we encourage you to contact a member of conference staff immediately.

(If you would like to use this code of conduct for your event or organization, feel free to credit or thank HOPE in whatever manner you wish.)

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