Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct is a vital part of making WordUp Brighton an inclusive event.

That’s why we expect everyone participating in WordUp Brighton and all associated events to read and adhere to this Code of Conduct.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the site form, contact us on slack, or speak to the organising team in person.

The process for reporting a Code of Conduct violation at WordUp Brighton can be found here.


WordUp Brighton 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 behaviour.

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

Expected behaviour

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behaviour and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your 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 WordUp Brighton and make it your own.

Unacceptable behaviour

Unacceptable behaviours include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees of WordUp Brighton and related events.

All WordUp Brighton 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.

While we encourage discussion, we will not tolerate people interrupting speakers during their talks (unless the speaker has specifically said it is OK to interrupt with questions).

What to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behaviour

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

The WordUp Brighton Code of Conduct team will be available to help participants 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.

Any volunteer can connect you with a member of the Code of Conduct team or conference organiser. You can also come to the Registration desk and ask for the organisers.

We have the same Code of Conduct as the WordCamp Brighton. There is lots more detail here about how to report a Code of Conduct violation and the process involved here:

Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

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

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

If a participant 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.

Open source citizenship

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

In service of this goal, WordUp Brighton organisers will be taking nominations for exemplary citizens throughout the event and will recognise select participants after the conference on the website.

If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming, friendly, and encourages all participants to contribute to the fullest extent, we want to know. You can nominate someone at the Registration table, by speaking to an organiser, or using the contact form.


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.


License and attribution

This Code of Conduct is modified from the awesome work of Open Source Bridge.

The original is available at and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.