Education and collaboration are vital to the future of the open source 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.
To encourage and increase the participation of a diverse community, we are pleased to offer travel funding to our conferences.
We will be providing a private nursing room at this year’s event to aid in the comfort and accessibility of our nursing attendees. The room will be available all days of the event and will be located onsite. For location information, please check with registration or information desk staff onsite.
Complimentary childcare will be available onsite during event days. Check out our Child Care page for more information and to RSVP.
If you need any assistance locating an elevator, or have other questions about accessibility onsite, please speak to a member of the Linux Foundation event staff at any of the registration or information desks onsite. If you have questions prior to the event, please email email@example.com.
Wheelchair + Medical Equipment Rental
If you need a wheelchair or scooter, you can rent them from A Plus Medical Equipment. Please contact them directly for rates and availability.
All attendees may feel free to use the Zen Zone as needed. It is a physical space where conversation and interaction are not allowed, where attendees can go if for any reason they can’t interact with other attendees at that time.
At Registration, attendees can pick up communication stickers to add to their badges. Communication stickers indicate an attendee’s requested level of interaction with both other attendees and press (including photographers and videographers).
- Green = Open to communicate.
- Yellow = Only if you know me, please.
- Red = I’m not interested in communicating (or being videotaped or photographed) at this time.
Please be respectful of attendee communication preferences.
Please be mindful of attendee’s buttons throughout the conference and use this tool to communicate appropriately:
- Green = Handshakes and high 5’s are welcome with frequent handwashing.
- Yellow = Still being cautious, elbow bumps only.
- Red = No contact at all, please remain 6 feet away.
Don’t see a button? Assume red until given permission from the other attendee.
Share your Pronouns
Pick up a pronoun sticker from registration to share your pronouns with other conference attendees. Please be respectful of attendees’ pronouns.
We will designate specific restrooms as all-gender for attendees who feel more comfortable using those facilities.
First Aid/Medical Assistance
If you require first aid or medical assistance, please visit our registration desk or the venue front desk. For emergencies, please dial 911.
How to Handle a Harassment Report
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified by staff badges and/or shirts onsite and can be found at the event registration counter at any time. Our staff has had incident response training, responds to harassments reports and does so in accordance with the process recommended by the Ada Initiative, which can be found here on the Geek Feminism Wiki.
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 reach out to us pre-event. 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.
The Linux Foundation Contacts:
Tricia Barker, Senior Event Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Angela Brown, SVP & General Manager of Events (+1-415-368-4840; email@example.com)
Closest Police Station
Richmond Police Department
Dial 911 for Emergencies
Closest 24hr Hospital
VCU Medical Center
Dial 911 for Emergencies
Henrico Taxi – 24/7 Fast Cab
24Hr rape crisis line
National Sexual Assault Hotline
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, SVP & General Manager of Events, at firstname.lastname@example.org.