Code of Conduct


Emojicon is committed to providing a welcoming and harassment-free environment for participants of all races, gender and trans statuses, sexual orientations, physical abilities, physical appearances, and beliefs. We created this code of conduct not because we anticipate bad behavior, but because we believe that articulating our values and obligations reinforces the exceptional level of respect among participants. The Emojicon team and all partners and supporters are committed to enforcing and evolving this code throughout the festival and as it grows to ensure the safety and happiness of all involved.

This code of conduct governs all participation and engagement with all components of the Emojicon festival. This includes all digital and physical environments around the festival, including but not limited to the conference Emoji Learn, exhibit space Emoji Play, hackathon Emoji Hack, film festival Emoji Film and the opening night Emoji Party.

Emojicon participants agree to:

  • Be considerate in speech and actions, and actively seek to acknowledge and respect the boundaries of fellow attendees.
  • Take care of each other. Alert a member of the conference team if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this code of conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Anti-harassment policy

Emojicon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion. We have a zero tolerance policy for harassment of participants in any form.

Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Emojicon Response Team. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names.
  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate.
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Threats of violence.
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Stalking or following.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse.
  • Publication of non-harassing private communication.

Emojicon prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. Emojicon Response Team will not act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’
  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”
  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial
  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions


If you are being harassed by a member of Emojicon, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Jeanne Brooks, Lead Producer of Emojicon at or any member of the Emojicon Safety Team. Any volunteer or Emojicon staff member will be able to direct you to the Safety Team if you need help.

Emojicon Safety Team

Jeanne Brooks,

Alyssa Wright,

If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

This code of conduct applies to Emojicon spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of the Emojicon community outside of our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Emojicon members.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of Emojicon members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Emojicon Response Team may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all Emojicon spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other Emojicon members or the general public.


We welcome your feedback on this and every other aspect of Emojicon, and we thank you for working with us to make it a safe, enjoyable, and friendly experience for everyone who participates.

Above text is licensed CC BY-SA 4.0. This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community and we give thanks to SRCCON from which we’ve extensively borrowed, with general thanks to the Tech Ladymafia and the Ada Initiative’s “how to design a code of conduct for your community.”