This Code of Conduct was created to clearly define what we mean by a harassment-free experience, so that everyone in our community is clear about our intent and have access to procedures for addressing issues, should they arise:
If you are attending our event ONLINE, please read our CoC for online events.
If you are attending the event ON-SITE, please read our Code of Conduct below.
All delegates/attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, partners and volunteers (hereafter referred to as “participants”) at the Agile Testing Days (ATDs) must abide by the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.
The Agile Testing Days are an event where all of our participants should feel comfortable attending. Because we value diversity, inclusivity and community, we strive to include also the underrepresented groups in tech. We specifically include all people who identify as women or men, transgender, enby (non-binary) or gender non-conforming. Above all, our mission is to provide a safe space for all to learn and grow professionally.
Forms of Harassment and Discrimination
We value the safety and security of all our participants and therefore do not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination, e.g. 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 and other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Any communication and material issued at the conference from sponsors, exhibiting partners, at vendor booths or from similar parties are subject to this Code of Conduct, too. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not wear sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment. If you are unsure if the outfit is appropriate, please contact us beforehand (contact information below).
Consequences for Harassment and Discrimination
Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled permanently, at the discretion of the event organizers, which in most cases are members of the ATD conference leadership team.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to follow the warning immediately and refrain from any further misconduct.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the ATDs conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including a warning of the offender or his/her expulsion from the conference with no refund.
How to Report Harassment and Discrimination
If you are a victim of verbal abuse, harassment, or comments that perpetuate a system of inequality, such as sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism, or notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, be assured that you will have our back. Get in touch with us immediately.
During the event, our conference staff can be found at the conference registration desk. We will assist anyone who experiences harassment or discomfort to feel save for the duration of the conference, e.g. contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or assist otherwise.
We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe environment for everybody. This code extends to talks, workshops, tutorials and any conference-related sessions and social events.
Agile Testing Days’ Code of Conduct is a work in progress. We are committed to review our Code of Conduct annually to ensure that it addresses the needs of our community. The team welcomes feedback and would be grateful and responsive to suggestions for improvement.
How We Respond to a Report
- Receiving the report: Conference staff or member(s) of Trusted Friends receive a verbal or written report of harassment or unacceptable behavior and take care of any immediate safety concerns.
- Investigating the report: Trusted Friends meet and conduct a further investigation where needed to confirm facts or resolve disputed facts.
- Making a decision: Trusted Friends choose a response and inform the involved parties.
- Announcing the decision: Trusted Friends announce the response to the community.
Depending on the case, Trusted Friends might consider:
- Have a chat with the person(s) who violated the Code of Conduct
- Issue a formal warning
- End a talk early
- Do not publish videos of the offending talk
- Edit out offending portions of videos of talks
- Do not let the person speak in the future
- Remove responsibilities, privilege, or access
- Temporary ban from the community spaces
- Permanent ban from the community spaces
We would like to thank several community policies and guidelines which have influenced our own CoC: Ohio LinuxFest Anti-Harassment policy, Con Anti-Harassment Project, Geek Feminism Wiki (created by the Ada Initiative), confcodeofconduct.com , JSconf, Rust, Diversity in Python, Write/Speak/Code, and Women Who Code (WWCode). This code of conduct is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license .
AgileTD is proud to present our new group of Trusted Friends. You can reach out to them anytime. They will always provide a safe space.
The Trusted Friends are there for our attendees and will take care of any reportings of negative incidents violating the conference's Code of Conduct.
Since 2017 the Trusted Friends help to ensure that the Code of Conduct is enforced so that all attendees have a good experience.
Stefanie Mania (ATD Staff)