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Diversity & Inclusion

Education and collaboration are vital to the future of the Linux ecosystem, and it is imperative to us that everyone in the community that wants to participate feels welcome to do so regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, age, religion or economic status.  Our code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.


Registration Discount/Scholarships

To encourage and increase the participation of a diverse community, we are pleased to offer diversity and need-based registration scholarships and discounts, as well as travel funding, to our conferences.

Click here for more information and to apply for scholarships.




Nursing Room

We will be providing a private lactation room at this year’s event to aid in the comfort and accessibility for our nursing attendees. The room will available all days (Tuesday & Wednesday) of the event and will be located onsite in the hotel. For location information, please check with our registration desk onsite.


Child Care

We are offering complimentary child care onsite for all attendees this year. Please visit our Child Care page for details.


Venue Accessibility

The Sheraton Seattle is ADA- compliant and wheelchair accessible. If you need any assistance locating an elevator, or have other questions about accessibility onsite, please speak to a member of the CNCF event staff, recognizable by their Event Staff badges, or visit the Registration Desk located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer.


Wheelchair & Medical Equipment Rental

If you need a wheelchair or scooter, you can rent and pre-order them from the providers below:

Access Medical Equipment  - 206-365-770

Scootaround -888-441-7575


Quiet Room

All attendees may feel free to use the Quiet Room as needed. It is a physical space where conversation and interaction is not allowed. Where attendees can go for any reason and they can't interact with other attendees at that time. Located in Dashpoint, located in the Pike Street Tower on the Fourth Floor of the Sheraton Seattle.


Communication Stickers

At Registration, attendees can pick up communication stickers to add to their badges. Communication stickers indicate an attendee’s requested level of interaction for both other attendees and press (including photographers and videographers). Green = open to communicate; Yellow = only if you know me please; and Red = I’m not interested in communicating at this time.

Please be respectful of attendee communication preferences.


First Aid/Medical Assistance

If you require first aid or medical assistance, please visit our Registration Desk in the Grand Ballroom Foyer (second level of Hotel, Pike tower side) or the Hotel Front Desk in the Lobby. You may also contact the Seattle Police Department at 1-206-684-4300 or go directly to Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center located at 1100 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (.64km from the Sheraton).


Contact Information/Harassment Reports

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified by staff badges and shirts onsite, and can be found at the event registration counter at any time. Our staff has had incident response training and responds to harassment reports and does so in accordance with the process recommended by the Ada Initiative, which can be found here on the Geek Feminism Wiki.


You may also reach out to one of the following individuals:

Angela Brown

VP of Events, The Linux Foundation

Katie Stern

Director of Events, The Linux Foundation


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.


If you are planning to attend an upcoming event, and have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please contact Katie Stern at Precautions will be taken to ensure a victim’s comfort and safety, including, but not limited to: providing an escort, prepping onsite event staff, keeping victim and harasser from attending the same talks/social events and providing onsite contact cell phone numbers for immediate contact.


Emergency Resources:

Seattle Police Department - East Precinct


1519 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center


1100 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Taxi Services


Seattle Rape Crisis Centre



Contact Us With Ideas

If you have ideas on how we can create a more inclusive event, please do not hesitate to let us know. Contact Angela Brown, Vice President of Events, at


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