Code of Conduct
Attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at MERL Tech are expected to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
Please contact Linda Raftree
The Quick Version
MERL Tech strives to be a dynamic, inclusive space where researchers, evaluators, development practitioners, HQ and management, humanitarian aid workers, technology developers, data analysts/scientists, funders and others involved in this emerging field can come together for multidisciplinary conversations, learning and collaboration.
MERL Tech is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, legal status, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.
We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any of our sessions or breakouts, breaks or reception, or on Twitter and other online media as related to the conference. Conference participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.
The Less Quick Version
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, legal status, religion, technology choices, 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.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Sponsors and organizers are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior or makes others feel unsafe, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Linda Raftree immediately.
We expect participants to follow these rules during the conference and break-out sessions/workshops and the reception.