axe-con Code of Conduct


Axe-con is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming virtual conference environment for attendees.

We created this policy not because we anticipate bad behavior, but because we believe that articulating our values and obligations to one another reinforces a level of respect among attendees and because having a code of conduct provides us with clear avenues to correct our conference culture should it ever stray from that course.

We make this code of conduct public in the hopes of contributing to the ongoing conversation about inclusion in the tech, design, and accessibility communities. To the axe-con community, we commit to enforce and evolve this code as our event grows.

Code of Conduct Policy

All attendees and speakers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct as a condition of participation. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Axe-con is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, color, sex (with or without sexual conduct and including pregnancy and sexual orientation involving transgender status/gender identity, and sex-stereotyping), national origin, age, disability (physical or mental), genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, marital status, and political affiliation as well as gender expression, mental illness, socioeconomic status or background, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size. Consider that calling attention to differences can feel alienating.

We do not tolerate harassment of axe-con attendees in any form. Harassment includes:

  • Offensive verbal comments related to the protected classes above
  • Violence, threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Comments or actions that minimize a person’s lived experiences, identity, or safety
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of “dead” or rejected names
  • Deliberate “outing” of any person’s lived experiences or identity without their consent
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
  • Photography or audio/video recording against reasonable consent
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Harassment does not need to be recognized as unwanted or unwelcome by anyone other than the person being harassed.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, ableist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Offensive jokes are not appropriate and will not be tolerated under any circumstance.

Enforcement and Reporting

Attendees asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or removed from axe-con at the discretion of the event staff.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please fill out this form immediately. You are able to file the report anonymously by not including your name or contact information. Please note complaints will be investigated. Deque will take reasonable efforts to avoid uncomfortable situations and use information on a need to know basis, but confidentiality may not be legally possible.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.


Original source and credit: & The Ada Initiative – Adapted by axe-con