Code of Conduct

Below is our Behaviour Policy which sets out the kind of behaviour we expect from the people who attend HardwareAKL events.

What we stand for:

HardwareAKL exists to showcase some of New Zealand's most exciting products and founders. We're trying to create an environment for open conversations, opportunities, and shared resources.

As such, we are dedicated to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants by providing a safe, inclusive, and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, age, ethnicity, ability, physical appearance, body size, and/or religion.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a Hardware Meetup AKL team member as soon as possible.

Harassment and other Code of Conduct violations reduce the value of our Hardware Meetup AKL events, and go against the spirit of what we are committed to - building the hardware community in New Zealand.

We want you to be happy at our events - people like you are why Hardware Meetup AKL exists in the first place.
— The Hardware Meetup AKL Team

Our Tolerance For Harassment

We do not tolerate harassment of attendees or speakers in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the organisers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.

It also includes the use of sexual imagery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate anywhere within the event venue, including during talks or in supporting materials such as advertising or handouts. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images or material, either in person or in handouts or other collateral. Sponsor staff and representatives (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing or costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund. Alcohol is provided for those who wish to imbibe responsibly. Participants who become intoxicated or otherwise disrupt the event may be expelled from the event without refund. 

Our team will be happy to help participants contact the police, provide escorts or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all Hardware Meetup AKL events and related social events.


You can report harassment the following ways:

1. Make an anonymous report using the form here. We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence. 

2. Provide a personal report to a HardwareAKL team member in person at the event, or via email, phone or twitter. The mobile numbers below will be monitored during each event:

Danielle Appleton

Mobile: 027 759 0224
Twitter: @apples11

Elyse Wyatt

Mobile: 027 314 5116
Twitter: @ElyseWyatt_NZ

When taking a personal report, our team will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other team members to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are. 


Contact Information:

Please contact us at: if you have any questions.

Police / Emergency services: 111

Rape Crisis: 0800 88 33 00

Healthline: 0800 611 116

This Code of Conduct was inspired by codes from Gather and WWGSD.