Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at the Northern Lights confereence are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Staff will enforce this throughout the event.

If you need help please contact us.

The Quick Version

The Northern Lights conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants, visitors of the venue or event staff in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks and workshops.

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

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, 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 are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference venues and conference-related social events.

This code of conduct is slightly modified from We will continue to refine as appropriate.

Original source and credit: & The Ada Initiative

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License


Without the help of our sponsors we just couldn't run the conference. If you would like to sponsor the 2016 event please check the sponsorship opportunities and get in touch.

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Thanks to our sponsors for helping to make Northern Lights 2016 a success.

Who does this? If you have any questions about Northern Lights please get in touch with:

Bruce Scharlau

Bruce is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen.

He is very active in the community, organising events throughout the year, including Codethecity.

Steve Milne

Steve is Solution Architect with Fifth Ring, as well as Northern Lights he organises Codethecity and Refresh Aberdeen, dabbles with training games, and occassionally blogs.

Ian Isted

Ian is a developer at Hampton Associates. He loves app development, enjoys working on pet projects, and tinkering with electronics.