CodeMash originated out of a few conversations almost eight years ago in which a bunch of programmers got together and thought it would be cool to bring different factions of the IT community together to promote common interests.
The serendipitous choice of selecting the Kalahari venue furthered this mission, not only in terms of giving attendees the opportunity to bring their families along to join in the fun, but also in terms of affording attendees the opportunity of continuing the conversations and networking outside of the daily conference events. The goal has always been to achieve this mission by creating a conference environment that focuses on professionalism and respect for one another.
Over the years this format has worked remarkably well. However, much to the disappointment of CodeMash’s Board of Directors, we just recently learned that some inappropriate behavior took place last year involving a couple of our attendees. We feel it is of paramount importance to remind our attendees of the following:
- CodeMash has a zero tolerance policy for unprofessional behavior and was one of the first conferences to formally adopt an Anti-Harassment policy,
- As an evolution of the Anti-Harassment policy, CodeMash also has a Code of Conduct in place, and attendees are formally required to agree to abide by the Code of Conduct when purchasing their tickets, and
- CodeMash will not tolerate people acting in an unprofessional or harassing manner, and if brought to our attention, we will work with conference staff to immediately remove the offending parties from the premises, or escalate the matter to the authorities.
Additionally, as a result of this disappointing information recently surfacing, we are in the process of doing all of the following in preparation for the 2014 conference:
- We are closely working with the Kalahari staff to ensure bar staff monitor bar patrons and properly limit consumption,
- We are focused on ensuring that behavior does not escalate from friendly fun to a spring break-like atmosphere,
- We have requested that the Kalahari provide a more visible security staff presence, and
- We have outlined a strategy with our volunteer staff for timely responding to any inappropriate behavior that is either witnessed or brought to our attention.
In closing, CodeMash was founded on respect for one another and passion for the IT industry. We want to make sure every attendee knows we care deeply about providing a welcoming, safe, and awesome experience. We also want to remind you that because of this unique conference venue, we have created many activities where you and your family can always find something fun to do when the conference is not in session. These activities include:
- The Game Room: Attendees interested in games of all sorts have the opportunity to play all day and well into the evening. This room is always packed, and is typically open until around 1am,
- The Artemis Simulator: A Star Trek-like simulator for a crew of five gives interested attendees the opportunity to channel their inner Picard,
- KidzMash: Almost a conference within a conference, KidzMash gives attendees' children the opportunity to learn programming, computer skills, and creative problem solving,
- CodeMash Families: Significant others are organized in ways which makes it convenient to hang out at gatherings across the entire resort while their family member is attending sessions,
- CodeMash After Dark: Held during the Thursday night attendee party, CodeMash After Dark offers up additional interesting sessions, lightning talks, and Pecha Kucha, and
- The CodeMash Music Jam: The musically inclined among us can bring their instruments and jam with fellow friends and attendees.
We thank you for your understanding, participation, and we look forward to seeing you in 2014! Any questions should be directed to the CodeMash Board of Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Holmes, President
Brian Prince, Vice President
Jason Gilmore, Secretary
CodeMash Board of Directors