Register for SeaGL 2018
November 9th and 10th, 2018

Program Committee Code of Practice (and CFP Dates!)

SeaGL 2018 organising is moving along nicely! We’re talking about our A/V requirements and what sort of fun stuff we’d like to do onsite. We’re also starting to reach out to potential sponsors who want to be a part of our sixth year. We would love it if you would share our prospectus with your company or organisation!

The Program Committee is the group responsibile for choosing and scheduling all of the great talks you enjoy at SeaGL. This year the committee is:

Later in the process we’ll be joined by a collection of hand-picked people to help us review all of the talks you’ll be sending our way.

When should you start sending those talks? Good question! We’ve decided on dates for our 2018 Call for Proposals (aka CFP):

Like last year, we’ll have CFP office hours to help people brainstorm talk ideas and craft their proposals. We’ll also publish our review criteria again, but there probably won’t be many changes there from 2017.

What is new in 2018 is the Program Committee Code of Practice. It’s inspired by SeaGL’s mission of mentoring, collaboration, and openness. We’re very happy to share it here publicly for the first time:

Code of Practice

This is what we believe in and how we operate as we go about our business of building the best possible program and schedule for SeaGL.

As members of the SeaGL program committee and proposal reviewers, aside from the SeaGL Code of Conduct, we also agree to operate according to these values and statements:

Values

We believe in the importance and power of free and open source software.

We believe in putting the needs of our audience and our community before our needs or those of our employers.

We believe in boosting the voices of others above our own.

We believe in mentoring and helping to create the speakers, leaders, and contributors of the future.

We believe in supporting diversity in thoughts and experiences in the talks and speakers we select for SeaGL.

We believe in creating and protecting a SeaGL environment that welcomes all people in safety and comfort.

But what does that mean? Like, practically?

How are these values reflected in how we operate as program committee members and reviewers? There could be many different ways, obviously, but here are some examples of what we will do our best to do:

We’re all pleased to have the opportunity to serve the SeaGL community and share this Code of Practice with you. It’s our hope that we can serve as a model for other free and open source events, who can publish their own Codes of Practice.

To help with that, don’t forget that everything published here on the SeaGL website is licensed CC BY-SA. We encourage you to copy, modify, and redistribute this Code of Practice however you and your event need.



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