23rd - 25th October, 2015 @ Edinburgh.

NSScotland 2015: Code of Conduct.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

tl;dr: Be excellent with each other

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a welcoming conference experience for everyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form (this includes the content of speakers presentations). Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

We'd hope that participants would follow these rules at all times in their daily lives, but we will enforce them at conference, the workshops and conference-related social events.

The Less Quick Version

If you are being made to feel uncomfortable, or notice that someone else in that situation, or have any other concerns at all, please contact Alan immediately. He's what passes for "conference staff" and will be the guy at the front between the sessions. The @nsscotland is set up to allow DMs from anyone and a phone number will be provided to attendees and speakers at the conference.

Participants asked to stop any unacceptable behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Conference staff (alan again) or Venue staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist attendees and speakers to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

This is a lightly modified version of the confcodeofconduct.com


Alan C. Francis

In 20 years, Alan’s done a lot of different things in Software. He’s built control systems for dams in FORTRAN, the original DVD authoring tools on Windows in C++, Financial Systems on Solaris in Java, System Monitoring software on Linux in Ruby, and these days merchant tools for iOS in Objective C. In between he’s been an Agile process consultant for ObjectMentor and ThoughtWorks, and co-organises the Scottish Ruby Conference.


Paul Wilson

Paul is a coach and coder with over ten years of experience of Agile/XP. He is an active member of the Ruby and Agile communities, and co-organiser of the Scottish Ruby Conference. He has spoken at many conferences and events; these include RubyConf, The Naked Agilist, and guest lectures at Glasgow Caledonian and Edinburgh Napier Universities.