Code of Conduct


  1. Purpose

    WordCamp Toronto (#WCTO) believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, preferred operating system, programming language, or text editor.

    This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behaviour as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

    We invite all sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other participants to help us realise a safe and positive conference experience for everyone.

  2. Open Source Citizenship

    A supplemental goal of this code of conduct is to increase open source citizenship by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between what we do and the community at large.

  3. Expected Behaviour

    • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
    • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behaviour and speech.
    • Be mindful of your surroundings and fellow participants. Alert conference organisers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
    • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you help to create
      #WCTO and make it your own.
  4. Unacceptable Behaviour

    Unacceptable behaviours include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees of #WCTO and related events. All
    #WCTO venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

    Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

  5. Consequences Of Unacceptable Behaviour

    Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated whether by other attendees, organisers, venue staff, sponsors, or other patrons of #WCTO venues.

    Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.

    If a participant repeatedly engages in unacceptable behaviour, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the conference without warning or refund.

  6. What To Do If You Witness, Or Are Subject To, Unacceptable Behaviour

    The first step when addressing unacceptable behaviour is to inform the person displaying the behaviour that their conduct is unacceptable. Toronto is the most multi-cultural city in the world. It is possible that something innocuous to you is quite offensive to another. Helping someone understand their behaviour is bothersome is a gesture of respect.

    If you are subjected to unacceptable behaviour, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please be respectful and ask the offending person to stop. If you feel uncomfortable doing that, you are welcome to ask a conference organiser for assistance.

    The #WCTO team is available to help participants express their concerns, and/or contact venue security or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behaviour to feel safe for the duration of the conference.

    Volunteers are wearing blue t-shirts. Any volunteer can connect you with a conference organiser. You can also come to the special registration desk in the lobby and ask to speak with an organiser.

  7. Scope

    We expect all conference participants (sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

  8. Contact Information

    WordCamp Toronto
    610-341 Bloor St. W.
    Toronto, ON  M5S 1W8

  9. License And Attribution

    This Code of Conduct is a direct swipe from the awesome work of Open Source Bridge, but with our event information substituted. The original is available at and is released under a
    Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.