Code of Conduct

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This code was initiated in 2020, in the depths of a pandemic, and is irregularly updated. Last updated: May 2024. Contributors: Loes Bogers, André Fincato, Anja Groten, Juliette Lizotte, Karl Moubarak, Margarita Osipian, Sylvie van Wijk.

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About the H&D community

Since 2013 Hackers & Designers (H&D) has grown from an informal meetup series at the intersection of art, technology and design into a large community of international designers, artists, coders, students and practitioners. H&D activities cater towards active participation, mutual exchange and (un)learning. H&D likes to approach the organization of such activities as 'horizontal' as possible. That is, the way our events are organized is up for discussion, and we try to incorporate as many voices in the process of organizing as possible.

About this document

With this Code of Conduct, we want to clarify the values and atmosphere we aim to foster and facilitate. We hope it can serve as a guideline for collaboration, as a point of reference for accepted and unaccepted behavior in the spaces where we encounter each other. If you have suggestions, please let us know. (Find contact details at the bottom of the document)

We believe a Code of Conduct is never finished. Therefore, we approach ours as a living document, (re)written as a collaborative effort, informed by experiences, and in conversation with our visitors, participants and collaborators and the references listed below. Every time we rewrite it and read it out loud, for example at the start of a summer camp, we activate what it stands for and open the floor to additions and edits.

Why a Code of Conduct for H&D?

H&D stimulates collaboration across disciplines, technological literacy, different levels of expertise, international borders, ages, languages. To bridge these differences, learn and unlearn from one another does not always go without misunderstanding, feeling excluded or unsafe.

We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is welcoming to all participants. We therefore propose this document as a way to define a common ground, and answer the question: What do we do when, in spite of all efforts, things go wrong?

We expect...

  • Attentiveness to language: We use English as the main language of communication. We are mindful of the fact that English is not the native language for many of us. Therefore, we try to use simple language and avoid jargon to keep things accessible for everyone. If we use jargon, we explain what we mean by it.
  • Dedication and commitment: People put a lot of energy and thought into organizing. Therefore: if you say you would like to come, please show up and be present. If you can't come after all, please inform us or the workshop facilitators in advance.  
  • Listening to others: There's always an opportunity to learn something new from someone else.
  • Shared response-abilty: We expect and encourage everyone (both participants and initiators of workshops) to share the responsibility for enacting and sustaining a safer and inspirational space, to be open to different perspectives and encourage one another to make our voices heard. We understand that no space is ever a safe space for everyone; claiming a space to be safe, and actively creating a space that is welcoming and engaging, are two different things. We try to aim for the latter.
  • Individual response-ability: We don't assume. Ask questions, speak out about your needs (nobody can read minds), and accept that your needs might not always be met. If you feel you cannot express yourself in a group, please know you can always reach out to a H&D member.
  • Willingness to (un)learn: If someone calls us out on something, we try to listen, pause, perhaps apologize and thank them for sharing their concerns. We take responsibility to educate ourselves if we are not aware and are hearing something new (borrowed from Recurse and Feminist Club Amsterdam)
  • Embrace experimentation: We like to nourish a space for experimentation and collaboration, so we manage our expectations accordingly!
  • Adoption of an open source, libre, collaborative attitude includes giving credit to original authors and sources. Maybe you could consider publishing the work you create in the context of a Summer Camp or workshop explicitly as part of the open domain, so others can build on it? Free/libre Open Source licensing options are discussed below.
  • Respect different rhythms of learning: If things go too fast for someone, they should always be able to address it and feel encouraged to ask for help. We consider helping others (when they are asking for it) core to sustaining an inclusive community.
  • Value different practices: We celebrate different skill sets, different disciplinary and educational backgrounds. Learn from each other and embrace the fact that you might learn something else than you expected.
  • We don't shame people who do not solely use open source and libre tools. However, we strongly encourage to consider using open source over, often more convenient corporate and proprietary tools. Free, libre and open source software allows us to look inside, learn from, contribute to and critique. The open character of the tools we use is crucial to a self-determined learning experience.
  • Ask permission: We sometimes record (online) sessions for the purpose of documentation and further distribution. We announce this beforehand and give people the opportunity to share if they prefer not to appear on a picture or recording and, (if online) are able to turn off their camera. We sometimes document on-site workshops for on and offline publications. Before starting to take pictures, we ask others what they feel comfortable with. Would you prefer your face to be blurred out, or would you prefer not being in the pictures at all? Let us know! Are you hosting or participating in a workshop? Please also announce recordings, taking photographs and screen grabs and give people a chance to opt-out.
  • Introductions and pronouns: When introducing yourself, please indicate your preferred pronouns. It's a good idea to add your preferred pronouns after your screen name on Jitsi and other platforms (e.g. "Margarita she/her") for easy reference.
  • General video conferencing etiquette: Having our camera on is not a must. But if possible, it is definitely nice for facilitators to see who is in the room, so they don't feel like they're speaking into a void. We keep our mic's muted unless we want to say something to the group. Using the chat is a good option to ask questions and make comments without interrupting the flow of the session. (see also for more recommendations)

Unacceptable behaviour

The following types of behaviour are unacceptable at H&D, both online and in-person:

  • Hatred or violence: There is no space for racism, sexism, queer/transphobia, ageism, ableism or classism.
  • Harassment
  • Trolling / bullying / making fun of
  • Exclusionary social behaviours: In the form of well-actually's, feigned surprise, backseat driving and subtle-isms. We borrow these social rules from Recurse and find them very helpful in communities that engage in technical practices and learning. Feigned surprise, for example: Dan: "What’s the command line?" Carol: "Wait, you’ve never used the command line?". For more examples, see also:

Reporting & Intervening

While we strive for open communication, addressing problems when they arise we are not always able to immediately step in and support with conflict resolution. It's for this reason that we want to list alternatives.

Situation that require immediate aid

In case of harassment, abusive behavior, or if there's something else making you feel uncomfortable/unsafe/excluded, you can contact the people from H&D that might be present with you in the space or contact those specifically tasked with ensuring the code of conduct is respected:



We are not trained in conflict resolution but are committed to help and mediate where we can.

If we receive a report about abusive behavior we will contact the person(s) involved to have a conversation with them. We may revoke access to workshops, activities and physical or digital collaboration spaces if an individual's unacceptable behavior persists.


What you share is confidential. If we feel like it would be important to share what you discussed with the H&D team or someone else, we explicitly ask for your consent.

Why reach out?

It's important for us to know how to improve and learn from experiences.

Sharing the responsibility of making the spaces and moments we co-create safe(r) and welcoming.

Situations that require immediate aid beyond our capacity: emergency hazards

The emergency number in the Netherlands is 112

Call 112 in case of fire hazards, floods, immediate medical assistance, acute physical danger, etc.

Summer Camp

Once a year we embark on the adventure of learning, making and living together at the Summer Camp. With this format we aim for a holistic and intersectional way of thinking about and practicing sustainability (socially, ecologically, economically, culturally) and to reknit arbitrary boundaries between work, play, leisure, maintenance and care. For this occasion, we updated the code of conduct and added a section specifically for the camp, paying special attention to aspects of co-living and the climatic conditions.

Be respectful of our surroundings (human & non-human)

Assume responsibility for co-creating the camp

  • Divide mental charge: Be active in signing up for communal tasks. If you are unable to make it to your shift for one reason or another, please try to swap your shift or let one of the H&D members know.
  • Show up for each other: Everyone made an effort to create a workshop.
  • Minimize loud noises at night: Sound travels far in the country side, disturbing both human and non-human neighbors.
  • Don't leave traces: Do not litter or leave dishes, etc.

How do we compose ourselves in the midst of climate change? What does this very concretely mean for our presence here, at Het Wilde Weg, for the upcoming week and a half?

Mimizime the chances for wildfires

This summer has already started off with high temperatures and a longstanding drought. There are concerns about wildfires in the Netherlands

  • Carefully dispose of smoking materials: Douse cigarette butts with water, store them in fire proof containers, under no circumstances dispose of them on the ground.
  • Avoid the use of heating and spark-producing equipment near dried-up vegetation: This includes parking cars away from dry vegetation
  • Be careful with bonfires: Only in wind-still conditions. Use stone fire-ridges and place a bucket of water and shovel close. Stay attentive and present while the fire is on. Only leave when you are absolutely sure the fire is off and completely cold.
  • Avoid storing flammable materials and items close to tents and huts

Use water considerately

Last summer, a water shortage was announced in the Netherlands and a crisis management team to divide the water. This is likely to happen again this year.

  • Find inventive ways for minimizing and re-using water: Don't toss cooking water,  fill a bucket for dishes rather than letting the tab running, use toilets only for toilet business ad perceive rain as a moment to collect water.