Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

CompCon Incorporated events are inclusive events which invite diverse groups of people regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, or religion - to discuss and learn about all things Computing in an environment of mutual respect, tolerance and encouragement.

All participants at any CompCon Incorporated event are required to agree to and abide by the following Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct applies to all event attendees, sponsors, suppliers, venue and media personnel and event organisers.

Respectful Behaviour

CompCon Incorporated strives to provide a fun, educational and friendly atmosphere at its events, and has high expectations for speakers and attendees so that all can enjoy their experience. We value the participation of each member of our community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the event and at all associated events, whether officially sponsored by CompCon Incorporated or not.

CompCon Incorporated will not tolerate any intimidation, harassment, and/or any abusive, discriminatory behaviour by any speakers or attendees. The use of inappropriate, derogatory, and/or offensive material during presentations and lightning talks is strictly prohibited and will lead to disciplinary actions, up to and including dismissal from the presentation or event and exclusion from future events.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion, sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides), deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, unwanted 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.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for CompCon Incorporated events.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience, including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks. All presentation material should be suitable for people aged 15 and above. No exceptions.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for CompCon Incorporated events. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event without a refund at the discretion of the event organisers.


Smoking is prohibited inside all conference venues, including social event venues. Attendees wishing to smoke are advised that The University of Queensland maintains a smoke-free work environment, and smoking within 5 metres of a building entrance is prohibited. Please consider others and refrain from smoking directly outside venue entrances.


Alcohol is prohibited at all conference events. Attendees who are intoxicated at a conference event will be asked to leave.

Venue Rules

Attendees must comply with any reasonable directions given by the event organisers, officers of CompCon Incorporated or venue staff. Attendees who fail to abide by such directions may be removed from the event immediately and without refund.

Note: Please also see the Network section of the Terms and Conditions


If someone hears or sees a speaker, attendee, organiser or volunteer violating this Code of Conduct, they should contact an event organiser directly. All complaints made to CompCon Incorporated or event organisers will remain confidential, be taken seriously, investigated, and dealt with appropriately.

In the event of a violation of this Code of Conduct, CompCon Incorporated may take any or all of the following measures:

  • The alleged offender may be asked to stop or modify their behaviour
  • The alleged offender may be warned that enforcement action will be taken if the behaviour continues
  • If the behaviour continues, the alleged offender may be asked to immediately leave the venue and/or will be prohibited from continuing to attend the event (without refund)
  • The incident may be reported to the police or other appropriate authorities

CompCon Incorporated is aware of the responsibility required to ensure a successful and productive event. If an incident occurs, CompCon Incorporated will formally apologise to those affected. A record of the incident will be kept and future measures will be taken to ensure that it does not happen again.

Acknowledgement: This document is based off the 2013 Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct