Code of Conduct
TL;DR. Be respectful. Harassment and abuse are never tolerated. If you are in a situation that
makes you uncomfortable at an MLH Member Event, if the event itself is creating an unsafe or
inappropriate environment, or if interacting with a MLH representative or event organizer makes
you uncomfortable, please report it using the procedures included in this document.
Major League Hacking (MLH) stands for inclusivity. We believe that every single person has
the right to hack in a safe and welcoming environment.
Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal or written comments related to
gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion,
social class, economic status, veteran status, sexual images, deliberate intimidation,
stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or
other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. If what
you’re doing is making someone feel uncomfortable, that counts as harassment and is
enough reason to stop doing it.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Sponsors, judges, mentors, volunteers, organizers, MLH staff, and anyone else at the event
are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, attendees should not use
sexualised images, activities, or other material both in their hacks and during the event.
Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes,
or otherwise create a sexualised environment.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, MLH may take any action it deems
appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no eligibility
for reimbursement or refund of any type.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other
concerns, please contact MLH using the reporting procedures defined below.
MLH representatives will be happy to help participants contact campus security or local law
enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel
safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all hackathon venues, online interactions in
relation to the event, hackathon-related social events, and on hackathon supplied
Reporting Procedures
If you feel uncomfortable or think there may be a potential violation of the code of conduct,
please report it immediately using one of the following methods. All reporters have the
right to remain anonymous.
By sending information to the general reporting line, your report will go to any or all of the
MLH representatives listed below.
● North America General Reporting - +1 (409) 202-6060,
● Europe General Reporting - +44 80 0808 5675,
Special Incidents
If you are uncomfortable reporting your situation to one or more of these people or need
to contact any of them directly in case of emergency, direct contact details are listed below.
● Chi Nguyen - +1 (586) 244-8877,
● Jon Gottfried - +1 (212) 851-6746,
● Nick Quinlan - +1 (510) 859-8578,
● Swift - +1 (347) 220-8667,
MLH reserves the right to revise, make exceptions to, or otherwise amend these policies in
whole or in part. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact MLH by
e-mail at
This guide was last updated on:
May 14, 2018