Code of Conduct

The Goa Project is an 'unconference’ that brings diverse thought leaders and new ideas together through cross-disciplinary interaction, and does so in an unusual form with crowdsourced events, volunteer-run agendas and dismantling the formal ways in which a conference is run.

All attendees – participants, speakers, performers, organisers and volunteers – at The Goa Project are required to adhere to the following Code of Conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event.


The Goa Project is not a conference, but rather an unconference – all the attendees come together for sessions that are crowdsourced topics, having been chosen on what others want to learn about. Everyone shares and learns and exchanges ideas in an open, easy and dynamic flow

This can only happen in an atmosphere of mutual respect and support.

This code of conduct is to create a safe environment so that everyone can voice their perspective freely.


  1. Sexual language, imagery and objectification of the male / female / trans-sexual body is not appropriate during talks. Refrain from using these in your slides. Sexualization means objectification of human body, especially the female body, where the images, materials and activities are used for illustrative purposes as against being the content of discussion.

  2. Sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not acceptable.

  3. Every speaker must submit his/her slides a day before their presentation to ensure that they are in the clear.

  4. The organisers reserve the right to stop a session if there are overt or subtle remarks which violate this code of conduct.

  5. The offending prersenter will be informed of their unacceptable remarks by the event coordinator, privately. If a speaker is found to make sexist comments, after being warned about the same, the organisers reserves the right to disallow their talks from any or all of The Goa Project’s future editions, indefinitely.


  1. Exhibitors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material which objectify the male / female / trans-sexual body. For e.g., bikini-clad women, bodies of macho men, etc. Sexualization means objectification of human body, especially the female body, where the images, materials and activities are used for illustrative purposes as against being the content of discussion.

  2. Efforts should also be made to refrain from using imagery and verbal remarks that can be interpreted as a certain gender’s incompetence /inability to understand and use technology.

  3. Images of men and women cannot be used in promotional material without specifying the exact context in which these images have to be interpreted. For e.g., use of a woman’s face for advertising job openings / recruitment is acceptable only if the woman is an employee of the company, and her name and designation are mentioned on the material.

  4. All designs – booth backdrop, print promotional material, videos – are subject to review before final printing and production. This is also explicitly mentioned in the commercial term sheet sent to every sponsor upon confirmation of sponsorship.

  5. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.


  1. Attendees asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

  2. Harassment includes:

    • offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion,

    • sexual images in public spaces,

    • deliberate intimidation,

    • stalking,

    • following,

    • harassing photography or recording,

    • sustained disruption of talks or other events,

    • inappropriate physical contact,

    • and unwelcome sexual attention.

  3. If an attendee engages in behaviour that violates this code of conduct, the organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expelling him or her from the premises with no refund.

Thank you for helping make The Goa Project a welcoming, friendly event for all.


If you are being harassed, have noticed that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organiser.

If the matter is especially urgent, please call/contact any of these individuals:

  • Udhay Shankar : +91 98450 74927

  • Rashmi Dhanwani : +91 98200 60344

Crew members are there to help participants contact the organising team and assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.


This Code of Conduct was forked from the Rootconf code of Conduct, which in turn was forked from the PyCon US Code of Conduct, which in turn was forked from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers and available under a Creative Commons Zero license.

The Goa Project Code of Conduct is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.