PHP South Africa Code of Conduct

PHP South Africa is a community conference intended for networking and collaboration in the developer community.
We value the participation of each member of the PHP community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether officially sponsored by PHP South Africa or not.
To make clear what is expected, all delegates/attendees, speakers, sponsors, organisers and volunteers at any PHP South Africa event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Code of Conduct

PHP South Africa is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, 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.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for PHP South Africa.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

Contact Information

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.

If the matter is especially urgent, please call/contact any of these individuals:

  • Theo Sauls at +27 12 345 6789
  • Bernhard Breytenbach at +27 83 963 3637
  • Zander Jansen van Rensburg at +27 83 124 5679

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, 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 any conference related activity, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media.


This Code of Conduct was forked and adapted from the PyCon Code of Conduct.