Code of Conduct

The Dutch PHP Conference, all its venues and online spaces are an inclusive environment, based on treating all individuals respectfully, regardless of gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability (physical or mental), nationality, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), physical appearance, lifestyle choices, software preferences or other dimensions of diversity.

DPC is an intentionally positive conference that recognizes and celebrates the creativity and collaboration of independent creators as well as the diversity of people, cultures, and opinions that they bring to the DPC.

We value respectful behavior above individual opinions.

This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior. All participants at DPC must adhere to the DPC code of conduct.


  • Be considerate, kind, constructive and helpful.
  • Treat everyone with respect and dignity.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.
  • If you’re not sure, ask someone instead of assuming.
  • Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.


  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees of DPC and related events.
  • Offensive or disrespectful comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, mental illness, physical appearance, race, religion or disability.
  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs and employment.
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides).
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following.
    Harassing photography or video recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Wearing clothing that is not suitable for a professional work environment, that is provocative or otherwise potentially offensive.
  • Failure to obey any rules or regulations of the venue.

Scope of this code of conduct

We expect all conference participants (organizers, sponsors, venue staff, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

What to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behavior

You are empowered to politely engage when you feel that someone is engaging in unacceptable behavior. The person engaging in unacceptable behavior may not be aware of what they are doing – politely bringing their behavior to their attention is encouraged.

If you are uncomfortable speaking up, or feel that your concerns are not being duly considered, please notify the Code of Conduct Guardian as soon as possible (contact details below). All concerns shared with us will be kept confidential, but you may also submit an anonymous report.

The DPC Team will be available to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of the conference. You can report unacceptable behavior to any member of staff, who in turn will contact the Code of Conduct Guardian. Members of the DPC Team can be found at the Registration desk and/or in room E001.

If you experience unacceptable behavior and feel in any way unable to respond or resolve it respectfully (for any reason), please immediately bring it to the attention of a member of the DPC Team. We want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or just icky in any way. We will listen and work to resolve the matter.

Apologize for mistakes

Should you catch yourself engaging in unacceptable behavior, or be confronted as such, own up to your words and actions, and apologize accordingly. No one is perfect, and even well-intentioned people make mistakes. What matters is how you handle them, and avoiding repeating them in the future.

Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated whether by other attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, sponsors or exhibitors.

As organizers, we will seek to resolve conflicts peacefully and in a manner that is positive for the community.

Consequences for failing to comply with this policy may include, at the sole discretion of the Code of Conduct guardian:

  • a request for an apology;
  • a private or public warning or reprimand;
  • a temporary expulsion and exclusion from the event without warning or refund;
  • a permanent expulsion and exclusion from the event without warning or refund

Participants warned to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately; failure to do so will result in an escalation of consequences.


Please contact our Guardian Angel, Monica Lous, in any case:
X: DM to @dpcon

In cases where a public response is deemed necessary, the identities of victims and reporters will remain confidential unless those individuals instruct us otherwise.

While all reports will be taken seriously, the Code of Conduct Guardian may not act on complaints that they feel are not violations of this code of conduct.


Thank you to every DPC attendee for helping making DPC the respectful and inclusive conference that it is.


This Code of Conduct is created by DPC and has used bits and pieces of many other Codes of Conduct. It is therefore distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license so others can re-use this Code of Conduct as they see fit.