Code of Conduct

While at our events, please ensure the safety of yourself and others.

This section covers some specific examples of unsafe behaviors we've seen in the past, but it's impossible for us to list everythnig you shouldn't do. Remember: have fun, but do it in a way that keeps you and everyone else safe.

Make sure we know where you are.

It's important that we know where everyone is during our in-person events. Check in and out, and do not leave without permission.

If you want to leave the event (even if you're only going outside for a break) you need to check out with a staff member. If you're under 18, we'll also need to call your parent to confirm it's ok. If you're worried about waking them up, you can bring a signed note.

Keep a clear head.

We do a lot more than just code at our events, so it's important for safety that you're sober. Don't use or attend under the influence of alcohol or mind-altering recreational drugs. This rule includes alcohol and marijuana, even if it would otherwise be legal for you to consume.

Tobacco or e-cigarettes are allowed (outside) if you're of legal age, and drugs with a valid prescription are always allowed. Consuming caffeine is allowed, but may be limited if we believe you're consuming an unsafe amount.

De-escalate conflicts.

Don't escalate a conflict. If you can't de-escalate, get staff help.

No weapons.

This rule mostly speaks for itself: guns, knives, and other weapons are not allowed at our events (except if a local law requires us to allow them).

You may bring a small knife for utility purposes, but you must not make an obvious effort to display it to others, and you must store it where it cannot be easily accessed when not needed. (e.g. Your backpack rather than your pocket.)

Our events are for students.

Only ticketed students and pre-authorized adults are allowed during the main portions of events. Parents and industry professionals may be allowed to attend kickoffs and end presentations.

We define students as:

  • Anyone of high-school age or younger (including those who dropped out of school)
  • Students under 25 who are enrolled in a degree-granting program at an accredited college or university.

When you arrive at an event, we will ask that you provide your ticket, ticket number, name, email, waiver, emergency contact information, etc. We may also ask for proof that you meet our definition of student.