Queer Health Hackathon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, mental or physical disability, physical appearance, neuro(a)typicality, religion, level of knowledge, level of experience, parental status, marital status, socioeconomic status or background, political affiliation or any other attribute.

We will not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any hackathon venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the hackathon at the discretion of the conference organizers.


Do Not Harass

Harassment is any unwelcome or hostile behavior towards another person.

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, etc.
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention

Respect the Opinions and Abilities of Others

Queer Health Hackathon is designed to be a place for people of different skill levels and approaches to meet and work together toward common goals. As a result, we do not expect that everybody will share the same opinion. However, we do expect disagreements to be resolved in a respectful manner.

Additionally, we expect members to educate others respectfully (e.g. do not assume anybody else’s level of expertise or knowledge). Do not belittle a lack of information. We are all learning, so afford others—as well as yourself—room to grow.

Keep Your Team Open

Except for instances where it would significantly impede productivity, there is always room on a Queer Health Hackathon project for one more person. Unless doing so would be counter-productive to the goals of the project, anybody who is interested in a project will be allowed to join.


While this document exists primarily to prevent certain bad behavior, we also believe that our community members should work towards a higher standard. To that end, we strongly encourage the following conduct:

Build With, Not For

Work to ensure that the community is well-represented in all stages of development. Seek out those who are underrepresented and remove barriers to access. Listen as much—or more—than you speak, and give full consideration to all ideas, even if they seem improbable.

Empower, Experiment, and Find a Way for Everybody to Contribute

When more people share their knowledge and skills, they give a project a greater chance to succeed. When somebody shows up with an unusual skill, look for ways to fit them into the team rather than reasons why it wouldn’t work. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new approaches.


If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take action to maintain a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the event.

Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to disrupt the event or create a hostile environment for any participant(s).

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities.


If someone makes you 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.

You may make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous Report

Make an anonymous report here: https://goo.gl/forms/Bvnsw7mgkx12aJw43

We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take necessary action to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You may make a personal report by:

  • Emailing [email protected]
  • Calling /texting the event phone number which will be published at the event. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event
  • Contacting an event volunteer

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us what happened. You will not be asked to confront anyone and we will not divulge your identity.

Our team will be happy to help you contact venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts or otherwise assist you for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Event organizers:
[email protected]
[email protected]

Broad Institute Security:

Cambridge Police:
Non-emergency line: 617-349-3300
In an emergency: 911

Medical issues:
Non-emergency: Partners Urgent Care; 76 Prospect St (617) 393-5058
In an emergency: 911

The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386

Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741

Cambridge Taxi: 617-649-7000

This anti-harassment policy is based on an example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers. We have also drawn heavily from the Code for DC Code of Conduct and the Tegan and Sara Foundation’s Safer Spaces Initiative.