Code Of Conduct

Expected Behaviours

DevCon Zambia strives on being a healthy community! Part of being a community is to set standards on how we make our events and surrounding communication an inclusive, judgement and harassment-free place for individuals regardless of background or experience.

We aim to make sure that our community is a safe place to learn, connect, and grow together. This Code of Conduct applies to all events run by DevCon Zambia, including any self-organised events derived from our events. We also expect the same code of conduct to carry through to any other medium that relates to DevCon Zambia, for example, social media, blogs, forums and chat services.

To prevent conflict and to create a safe and engaging atmosphere; all attendees, sponsors, speakers, vendors, volunteers, staff and organisers shall:

Be kind and considerate

Approach any interaction with consideration. Communication and discussions should be friendly and welcoming and not exclusive to anyone of different backgrounds, experience, or opinion.

Be respectful

Poor manners and attitude are never an excuse. Always treat others with the most utmost respect, and be welcoming to everyone. Do not speak ill of others in any environment or situation.

Own responsibility

Your actions are your own, think carefully about your choices and act in a responsible manner. We all make mistakes, own up to those mistakes and apologise if you feel you may have harmed or offended others. Work to make the wrong right.

Anti-Harassment Policy

Our events and communication mediums are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of background or experience. Including but not limited to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. You are obliged to refrain from content and imagery that may offend in any context; including talks, sponsor material, workshops, parties, social media, and chat channels. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sharing or engaging in content including but not limited to verbal, written, image and videos that are deemed offensive related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption
  • Unwelcome attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviours

We will not act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’ (because these things don’t exist)
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
  • Refusal to explain or debate social justice concepts
  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Criticising racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behaviour or assumptions

Diversity Policy

Diversity and self-expression are essential. Therefore, we encourage all attendees to identify and express how they wish, including the use of any facilities they feel most comfortable in, regardless of gender expression. Please do not question someones use of facilities, as they know and are conscious of where they are. If you witness someone being made to feel unwelcome, or someone makes you feel unwelcome while using any facilities, please reach out to a conference staff member so we can assist you.


Before filing a report please ensure that you are safe. If you are at event you can always contact any venue staff member, well-known figure (speaker), security or organisers to ask for assistance. Your safety is of utmost importance.

If you experience or witness unacceptable behaviour—or have any other concerns—please report it by contacting any of the following:

All reports will be handled with discretion - we will not disclose any information that can be used to identify you without prior consent. In your report please include:

  • Your contact information
  • Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved, if they are known to you.
  • If there are additional witnesses, please include their details as well.
  • Your account of what occurred, and if you believe the incident is ongoing.
  • Any additional information that may be helpful.

After filing a report, a representative will contact you personally, review the incident, follow up with any additional questions, and make a decision as to how to respond. If the person who is harassing you is part of the response team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. If the complaint originates from a member of the response team, it will be handled by a different member of the response team. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse.


Adherence to and acceptance of this Code of Conduct is a condition to any event, including those derived from main events such as group dinners.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. This includes all attendees, sponsors, speakers, organisers, volunteers, and venue or vendor staff.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour before, during or after an event, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes, but is not limited to, warning the offender, expulsion from the conference without the possibility for refund, and a ban on attending future events. If behaviour is associated to be criminal based on local laws we include the right to inform any law enforcement of the report.

Contact Us

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