Event Mandate & Code of Conduct

Event Mandate

  1. Foster a beginner friendly environment that is encouraging and accessible to all. Anyone and everyone can participate.
  2. Increase visibility and introduce femme-identified individuals, WoC, and gender minorities in the fields of data science and technology.
  3. Build confidence of local femme-identified graduate students and researchers in their data analysis skills and introduce them into R and Python.
  4. Network and facilitate communication between various local femme-orientated coding groups in BC.

Code of Conduct

The Vancouver Datajam is dedicated to providing a respectful, harassment-free community for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment or bullying of any community member in any form. This does not only extend to members of the Vancouver Datajam communities, but to anyone who chooses to become involved in the larger Vancouver Datajam community of users, developers and integrators through events or interactions.

No harassment (sexual or otherwise) or other inappropriate behaviour will be tolerated. Gender policing and outing someone without their consent are both Code of Conduct violation. Hate speech - including but not limited to: racist, misogynistic, homophobic, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, transphobic, and ableist rhetoric - is not allowed. This includes statements that advocate sexual abuse or violence.

Participants asked to stop any harassing or bullying behavior are expected to comply immediately.


Our formal definition of harassment includes: 

  • offensive verbal/electronic comments related to personal characteristics or choices
  • sexual images or comments in public or online spaces
  • deliberate intimidation
  • bullying
  • stalking or following
  • harassing photography or recording
  • sustained disruption of talks, Slack or other private chats, electronic meetings, physical meetings or other events
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • unwelcome sexual attention


If a participant engages in harassing behavior, representatives of the community may take reasonable action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from the Vancouver Datajam and future event, removal from Slack and online meetings, removal from mailing lists, and other electronic communications channels to resolve the issue. This may include expulsion from the Vancouver Datajam events entirely.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please act to intercede or ask for help from any member of the the Vancouver Datajam community, associated groups, volunteers, event staff, website admins, or organizers/representatives of any physical events put on under the auspices of the Vancouver Datajam.

Overall, we want people to feel safe and encouraged at the event and believe it will bring out the best of each other to do so. To work collaboratively with others and see the benefits of diversity will create a better experience as a whole. Please be considerate of your words and actions. 

Reporting an Incident

To report a code of conduct incident, please fill out this form or email at [email protected]
Reporting Procedures

Through our formal reporting procedure, you can report any questionable or uncomfortable behaviour that is in violation of our code of conduct. All reporters have the right to privacy and request anonymity.

By going through our general reporting procedure, your report will be forwarded to all active committee members and in special cases, venue representatives.

To submit a general inquiry please send an email with the subject “Incident Report” to [email protected]

The Vancouver Datajam reserves the right to alter these policies either in part or in whole and make exceptions in very special cases. When reporting it is best to be as specific as possible with involved persons, names, times, and locations and any evidence you have to help us come to conclusions as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding our policies please email [email protected]

Online Etiquette

Due to Vancouver Datajam being a hybrid event, we urge participants to be thoughtful regarding the information they share and interactions with individuals.

General examples of online behaviour considered in violation of our code of conduct include (applicable to private and public platforms): 

  • Name calling & offensive text and imagery
  • Continued solicitation of personal information
  • Passive aggressive behaviours
  • Online or offline stalking
  • Condescending behaviours and controlling attitudes not conducive to the event mandate and environment

Things you can do to protect yourself: 

  • Know who is on the committee and the external code of conduct members ahead of time
  • Do not give out revealing personal information
  • Report incidents immediately
  • Where possible, take screenshots and list all possible details surrounding an incident

This Code of Conduct has been adapted from the Plone Foundationand is licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license