eTextile Spring Break is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, skill level, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion (or lack thereof). This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all participants to take ownership of this community and work to create a safe, positive experience for everyone involved.

Open [Source/Culture/Tech] Citizenship
A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase open [source/culture/tech] citizenship by encouraging participants to recognize and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.

Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society. We seek to create an open and sharing environment deeply based in open source practice.

All open source (licensed or otherwise) and copyrighted work that is integrated into work inside and outside of the eTextile Spring Break event must be appropriately adhered to under the referenced work’s license guidelines. Work being defined as artistic, academic, professional, and commercial work including ideas, images, techniques, text, documentation, software, hardware designs, eTextiles designs, sensor designs, and all other tangible work.

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.

Expected Behavior

  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this community. This is a grassroots event that we build together from the ground up. Everyone is expected to contribute. This includes participating in group work, discussions, and workshops as well as cooking, cleaning, and generally pitching in where needed to make this an awesome experience.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Be respectful of the space, tools, equipment, and materials.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Give attribution where attribution is due. Adhere to CC, open source, GNU and other licenses of work used and remixed. Please see the Open [Source/Culture/Tech] Citizenship section for more detail.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Unacceptable Behavior
No form of harassment will be tolerated. Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, skill level, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion.
  • Intentionally lewd or sexually exploitative images in public spaces.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, or use of physical force; harassing photography or recording.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention; and advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference [with no refund].

If you feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or unwelcome, please speak to an organizer:

Liza Stark
Sasha de Koninck
Lara Grant
Nicole Messier

If you witness someone being treated disrespectfully, speak up. Everyone is accountable. You can also make a personal or anonymous report by emailing info@etextilespringbreak.org. In all cases, we will ensure your safety and privacy and we will do our best to make sure all reports and resolutions are handled as respectfully as possible.

Addressing Grievances
If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify one of the event organizers with a concise description of your grievance.


This Code of Conduct was adapted from the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers and the Berlin Code of Conduct.

eTextile Spring Break Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.