Code of Conduct

Welcome to the Better Rules (“BR”) Hackathon ! We’re excited to learn, hack, and discuss with you over the course of the weekend.

This code of conduct is designed to create a fun, safe, and welcoming environment for all participants, and to set enforceable ground rules for participation in the Hackathon.

This Code of Conduct applies to all BR Hackathon events held in New Zealand.

Be Kind and Helpful.

The BR Hackathon is designed for individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels. That means some people at the Hackathon are attending to share legal, business, or technical expertise, while others are beginners attending to learn. Experts should be respectful of and helpful to beginners, and beginners should feel comfortable asking questions to experts.

Free and Open Source Output; Original Content; Filming/Publication.

The purpose of the BR Hackathon is to educate attendees about creating making legislation into machine consumable ‘digital rules’; to engage in third-party “hackathon”-style challenges to develop open source tools and use cases; and to participate in discussions related to digital legislation technology. In the spirit of collaboration and for the betterment of government as a platform, we strongly suggest that all educational and discussion output of the BR Hackathon are to be released into the public domain or pursuant to a Creative Commons license and all software be released pursuant to open source licenses. Speaker content must be original or the speaker must have the right to use the content (and to have that content filmed and made publicly available). Participants acknowledge and agree that their presentations may be filmed and made publicly available.

Business Activity Restrictions at BR Hackathon.

The BR Hackathon asks that all participants and non-participating observers refrain from engaging in business-related activity during the Hackathon, including but not limited to sales pitches, business promotion, and solicitation of clients. This Hackathon is not a sales conference, it is an opportunity to learn and solve problems. Please respect that.

Participation at BR Hackathon.

You agree that your presence at the BR Hackathon indicates complete compliance with all rules in this Code of Conduct. Participants or non-participating observers violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the Hackathon and disallowed from participating in any future events at the discretion of the organisers.

Additionally you agree that the BR Hackathon and participating sponsors and media partners will be allowed to capture your sound and image via any recording medium (audio, video, photo, any form of artwork) at the Hackathon for use in promotion and marketing with regard to their participation and your participation at the BR Hackathon.

The hackathon is an educational and informational event. Nothing you hear from presenters or organizers at the hackathon should be considered legal or financial advice, and presentations during the conference do not form an lawyer-client relationship. Please do not discuss personal legal or financial issues during the hackathon, including during Q&A portions of BR Hackathon sessions. Lawyers, consultants, and financial advisors: please do not solicit clients during the BR Hackathon.

Safety and Harassment Protection at the BR Hackathon.

BR Hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including presentations, talks, or pitches.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately and to not repeat their behavior. Remember that exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you and are not appropriate for the BR Hackathon.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. The participant will be responsible at all times for any of their own costs incurred. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a BR Hackathon host immediately.

Health, Care, and Liability at BR Hackathon.

Any participant who is demonstrably unwell, behaving erratically, or intoxicated will be asked to leave the event immediately for the health and safety of all participants. Organisers, authorities, and/or medical professionals may be called to escort any unwell person from the site. Anyone so escorted will be entirely responsible for any and all costs incurred, the BR Hackathon assumes no liability or any other consequences from such circumstances.

No alcohol or other controlled or illegal substances of any kind may be brought on site by participants at any time.

Please Contact Us Immediately Whenever You Need Assistance.

The BR Hackathon team (who will identify themselves at the start of the event) at your local node will be happy to help you - we want you to feel safe for the duration of our events. We value your attendance. All reports are confidential.