Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

We are committed to making SHA2017 an inclusive and welcoming event for everyone.

Sadly, technology events have a notorious reputation for harassment. In the past at events like HAR2009 and OHM2013 we have had informal rules but we feel we should make them explicit so there aren't any misunderstandings. We've set these ground rules to make it abundantly clear that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable, so that everyone can feel comfortable attending SHA2017.

Everyone who visits SHA2017 is required to abide by this code of conduct, both at the event and on any online channels. We will not tolerate harassment of participants or discriminatory behaviour of any form. Specifically:

  • Do not engage in homophobic, racist, transphobic, ableist, sexist, or otherwise prejudiced behaviour.
  • Do not harass people. Stalking, unconsented physical contact, or unwanted sexual attention is harassment. Dressing or acting in a certain way is not consent.
  • SHA2017 is a shared space, but every participant's personal space is their own. If you are asked to leave someone alone, or to leave their village, you must respect this.
  • Some attendees may not want to be filmed or photographed. Always ask for permission first and respect their wishes.
  • Aggression and elitism are not welcome — nobody should be afraid to ask questions.

If you break these rules, we may expel you from the event without a refund, and we may ban you from future Dutch events. If you are being harassed or witness a breach of this code of conduct, you can get in touch with us in the following ways:

  • Find a member of event staff and let them know. All our volunteer staff will be briefed on how to handle a harassment situation.
  • Drop us an email at If you prefer to specifically speak to a certain gender, please specify this when you contact us.
  • Call the on duty Team:Conduct person on +31XXXXXXXXXX (24 hours)

If you have any comments or queries, you can get in touch with our conduct team at

Finally, SHA2017 takes place in an area with beautiful nature all around. We expect everyone to treat the venue with the utmost care and respect. We will not tolerate any kind of vandalism against nature, this includes littering. We are guests in nature, and everyone is expected to act as such.

This Code of Conduct is heavily based on the Code of Conduct (if not copied verbatim) from our friends at EMF and Bornhack.

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