Code of conduct

Our meetups, workshops and conferences are places for free discussion and open exchange of ideas. We can only truly achieve that if everyone involved feels that they are warmly welcomed and valued participants and that they are in a safe environment. Although we may disagree with each other’s opinions, we should be able to do so without upsetting or being upset by others.

We therefore do not tolerate verbal comments or presentational material that makes inappropriate use of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We require participants to respect others’ boundaries and do not tolerate deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, disruption of sessions, inappropriate physical contact, or unwelcome sexual attention.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or asking them to leave the event. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organiser immediately.

Attendee guidelines

If you are attending a LWP event, please:

  • Arrive on time
  • Remain quiet during talks, and put your phone on silent or switch it off
  • Follow directions from organisers
  • Do not enter any area of the building not in use by the event. When events are held at the FT, LWP visitors should visit only the 2nd floor (for entrance and exit) and 6th floor (for the conference room)
  • Avoid downloading large amounts of data over the wifi, and be aware that our hosts monitor the wifi traffic and reserve the right to block any activity they deem unacceptable, or MAC addresses that are abusing the network. Bans will not be revoked until they expire.

Speaker guidelines

If you are presenting at an LWP event, please:

  • Send us your slides for review ahead of time.  This enables us to assess the expertise level required of the audience (which is often difficult to assess as a speaker), so we can market the talk correctly, and we will also check that the content is compatible with the code of conduct.
  • Avoid severe profanity or expletives in your talk, including in your slides.  Exercise some discretion here – if you wouldn’t hear it on TV before 9pm, don’t include it in your talk (unless you’re quoting it being said by someone else)
  • Avoid criticizing other organisations without proper justification.  “We were disappointed to see that the latest iOS build still lacks IndexedDB support” is perfectly fine.  “Apple sucks” is childish.
  • Humour is fine, but don’t make jokes at other people’s or organisations’ expense.  Don’t pander to stereotypes (even ‘safe’ ones), and absolutely never make jokes at the expense of any category of people that does not include yourself.
  • Platform developers, particularly browser vendors, are understandably unimpressed if speakers refer to browser faults without having reported them.  If you include a browser fault in your talk make sure you’ve either reported it or there’s already a bug report for it, and if possible reference the issue number in the vendor’s bug tracker.
  • Avoid unnecessary jargon.  Read the Economist style guide on avoiding jargon, and follow it.  Especially avoid business jargon, which just makes you sound like you have no idea what you’re talking about.
  • Avoid using the term ‘guys’ where ‘people’ or ‘folks’ will do. Even if you’re referring to a known group of people that is entirely male (unless that’s the reason they are in your talk) call them people anyway.
  • Arrive at least 30 mins before your talk is due to start
  • Consider dressing in a way that draws attention to your content, not to yourself. We discourage speakers from wearing clothing that carries a political or sexual message.

Organiser conduct

The organisers of London Web Performance are employees of respected organisations and are bound by the codes of conduct of their employers.  If you have any concerns about the conduct of an organiser, please approach either a different organiser or the HR department of their employer:

  • Andrew Betts, Financial Times (parent company: Nikkei)
  • Simon Hearne, Akamai Technologies