Code of conduct

Mashcat is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion.
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!


If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Conference organizers can be identified by special badges.

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.

You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report here:

We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:

  • Calling or texting this phone number: 646.716.1731. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event. Texts to this number that report incidents will be deleted after the event concludes unless, as part of escalating a report to other authorities, you agree that they should be retained.
  • Contacting an organizer, identified by staff badges or buttons.

When taking a personal report, our organizer will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event organizers to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Contact information for the January 2016 Mashcat meeting in Boston:

  • Emergencies: dial 911
  • Mashcat organizers email:
  • Mashcat organizer cell phone number: 646.716.1731 and 404.984.4366
  • Simmons College Security: 617.521.1111
  • Boston Police Department: (617) 343-4240
  • Jane Doe Inc. Sexual Assault Hotline: 877.785.2020
  • State of Massachusetts Non-Emergency Help Line: 211
  • Boston Cab Association (Taxi Company): 617.536.3200

This policy is adapted from the Geek Feminism model anti-harassment policy.

Photography Policy

Do not photograph, video, or audio record anyone at Mashcat without their express permission, sought in advance. In addition, do not wear or use Google Glass, GoPro cameras, or similar devices, except in sessions designated specifically for working with them.

Most attendees will have badge lanyards showing their preference for photography through colors and patterns:

Solid green: Photographs always okay
Yellow with single strip running the length of the lanyard: Ask before photographing
Red with short parallel stripes: Photographs never okay, don’t ask

A green lanyard counts as express permission, sought in advance, for photographs only. There is no prior opt-into audio or video recording, you must always ask before recording regardless of badge or lanyard color.

Wearing a green lanyard does not imply a model release giving Mashcat or anyone else permission to use your likeness.

Except when photography is part of a specific session’s activities, you should not continuously take photographs at Mashcat rather than participate in sessions.

This Photography/Audio/Video Policy is adapted from the AdaCamp Photography/Audio/Video Policy, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

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