Code of Conduct


The Uplevel Summit believes our community should be truly open to everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior. We invite all sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, vendors, and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive conference experience for everyone.


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


  • Be welcoming. This is an all-inclusive environment where you’re likely to meet people from different types of backgrounds with different points of view. Everyone should feel welcome at our conference regardless of their accomplishments, prominence, success, knowledge, or years of experience.
  • Be respectful, considerate, and collaborative. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Help us make this a diverse conference where people can collaborate and share ideas without fear of backlash or ridicule.
  • Be careful with the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
    • Sexist, racist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
    • Inappropriate use of nudity, sexual images, and/or sexual innuendo (including presentation slides)
    • Strong and excessive profanity
    • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
    • Harassing photography or recording
    • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
    • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms
    • Inappropriate physical contact or unwelcome sexual attention
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
    • Repeated harassment of others
    • In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.
  • When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, social and personal, happen all the time and Uplevel Summit is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of the Uplevel Summit comes from its varied community, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere, rather offer to help to resolve issues and to help learn from mistakes.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.


Unacceptable behavior by other attendees, organizers, speakers, volunteers, sponsors, or other patrons of the Uplevel Summit will not be tolerated.

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

If anyone engages in unacceptable behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate including expulsion from the festival without warning or refund and may possibly face exclusion from future community events.


If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact us at Even if you’re not sure, if you encounter something that makes you uncomfortable, please contact us. Every concern will be handled respectfully, privately, and confidentially.

If the matter is especially urgent, please call/contact any of these individuals:

Robyn Cohen,

We will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify as soon as possible.


Portions borrowed respectfully from Yet Another Perl Conference ,  PyCon’s CoC , the Django CoC , and OpenWest Conference . We greatly appreciate their leadership in these efforts.