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...

Unacceptable behaviour

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

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

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

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.