Code of conduct

Our dedication to inclusion does not stop at design and research alone. We are committed to ensuring that our conference space is also inclusive and equitable. To us, this means ensuring that the conference price is affordable, the content is accessible, and the space is safe for all participants so that we can connect and learn from one another.

To ensure it is a safe space, we have curated this code of conduct to set out clear expectations. We are dedicated to ensuring our online space is harassment-free for all people, regardless of gender and gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of 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 organisers. 

If you need to report an incident of someone not following our code of conduct, our team will be there to assist.

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Where these rules apply

For Magnify 2021, the code of conduct applies to our conferencing. It includes:
  • The live chat during talks
  • The live Q+A through video or messages
  • Direct messages through Zoom or Slack
  • During workshop sessions by messages

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, religion.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person's lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Sexual language and images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following 
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of 'dead' or rejected names.
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate "outing" of any aspect of a person's identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

We prioritise marginalized people's safety over privileged people's comfort and therefore we will not act on complaints regarding:

  • 'Reverse' -isms, including 'reverse racism,' 'reverse sexism,' and 'cisphobia'.
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as "leave me alone," "go away," or "I'm not discussing this with you".
  • Communicating in a 'tone' you don't find congenial.
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions.

When talking about inclusive design, inherently we are often highlighting power imbalances that affect different groups of people. We understand that some topics may challenge what we have previously been taught; if you feel tension with what is being said take a moment to question why before reacting.


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

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers 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. 


If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. 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 DM our moderators on Zoom or email which will be monitored by someone during the talks as well. If possible, please include a screenshot of the offending comment(s). 

When you report this, we will follow the rules set out above and handle it confidentially.

If you do not feel comfortable emailing or reporting it, please ask someone you trust to do it on your behalf. If you are not sure if something does violate our Code of Conduct, we would rather discuss it as we may need to adapt our Code of Conduct to ensure participants feel safe. We would rather hear from you than not.

Our Code of Conduct was greatly informed by other code of conducts and guides produced by Geek Feminism Blog, JS Conf, UXRConf 2021 and Write/Speak/Code.