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Code of Conduct

The crew of CHCon requests and requires delegates of CHCon events and affiliated activities strictly adhere to the following Rules of Admission and Code of Conduct. We have also included some disclaimers and suggestions of which we request all delegates take note.

CHCon is a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, age, race, origin, or religion. As such, the organisers of CHCon does not, will not, and cannot tolerate harassment in any form. Attendees violating the rules stipulated within this document, or summary documents may be expelled from CHCon or affiliated activities at the crew's discretion.

Harassment includes but is not limited to: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, age, race, religion; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. You'd hope this would be a comprehensive list but the crew has faith in the inventive genius of random jerks. As such, the CHCon reserves the exclusive right to define any behaviour as harassment at any juncture.

Delegates asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately or face expulsion from the event. If a delegate or unauthorised attendee/person engages in harassing behaviour, CHCon may take any action deemed appropriate by the crew, up and including ejecting offenders from this and future events. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the crew immediately.


Please note, while we take all concerns raised seriously, we will use our discretion (such as it is) as to determining when and how to follow up on reported incidents and may decline to take any further action. All concerns will be recorded in the event of inappropriate behaviour. Event staff will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement, locate your posse, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.

We request and expect participants to follow these rules at all conference events to ensure the event is enjoyable and drama-free for all. As with all things, hackers are going to hack so we have compiled some general suggestions in regards to specific actions people may wish to partake in. Please always remember to take suggestions in good spirit and be aware that doing things that are questionable may end up with you answering questions.

Please take note that talks are deliberately not recorded in order to encourage cutting-edge talks and audience participation. Regrettably, no audio or visual recording is permitted, unless explicitly stipulated in writing by the organisers of CHCon. No photographs are to be taken of any delegates, volunteers, or crew without first seeking their permission. Media personnel should make themselves known to the organisers for additional guidelines. Only camera phones / simple point and shoot cameras are permitted: please leave your DSLR at home.


CHCon is a public event. If something's not suitable for public discourse, you are probably better not say it - especially if it violates your security clearance. There's a reasonable chance people will be taking notes, twittering, liveblogging and other forms of questionable punditry.

CHCon believes in responsible bug disclosure as outline by NZITF ( If you are having difficulties with disclosure please email us at [email protected] for assistance.