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TRANS*H4CK Code of Conduct

Because trans and gender nonconforming people already experience unique forms of discrimination, it is important to us that all Trans*H4CK events are safe and harassment free spaces for everyone involved.

We honor all gender identities, races, sexualities, body types, economic backgrounds, abilities, religious beliefs and overall ways of human being, as we believe that diversity of experiences is key to successful collaborations.

All Trans*H4CK participants, volunteers, mentors, speakers, and team members are expected to follow this code of conduct the entirety of Trans*H4CK events and in all Trans*H4CK virtual spaces.

What is harassment?

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender identity and expression (such as purposefully misgendering someone), sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion, exhibiting sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention, are also forms of harassment.

If any Trans*H4CK participants are asked to stop harassing behavior, they are expected to comply immediately. The Trans*H4CK team may take any action we deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Trans*H4CK team immediately.

We do not tolerate:

  • Offensive jokes of any sort: None. Zip. Zilch. So don’t try it.
  • Gender assumptions: Do not assume gender. If you are unsure of someones preferred gender pronoun, address them by their name. They might tell you and if they don’t, that is ok, too!
  • Unsolicited Touch: Everyone’s physical space must be respected at all times. No touching of other people without their consent–this includes hugs (but I am sure a lot of people would love a hug if you asked first!).
  • Bathroom Police: As part of creating a gendersafe space, Trans*H4CK events will always have gender neutral bathrooms.  
  • Hate Speech: We do not tolerate any conversations or presentations that involve racist thinking, transphobia, homophobia, classism, and other explicit forms of ignorance.

We expect all participants of Trans*H4CK events to uphold this code of conduct at all times.

Reflecting on Boston

The fourth installment of our traveling hackathon and speaker series was held in Boston, MA in partnership with Harvard Innovation Lab, along with support from Everyone HacksInterface FoundryHack/Reduce and Oracle Academy.

The weekend event kicked off with a intimate workshop, “How to Rock Your First Hackathon,” for first time hackathon participants to learn ways to successfully contribute to a team using their skills and have fun.

In keeping with the Harvard i-Lab’s theme of entrepreneurship and innovation, Friday evening featured a panel conversation with transgender founders of tech companies and social enterprises. 

The discussion touched on a range of topics, such as the need for trans people to to hold leadership roles in for-profit entities to expanding diversity in tech conversations to include all types of genders.

Moderator: Dr. Kortney Ziegler. Panelists: Angelica Ross; Lourdes Hunter; Evelyn Rios; Allyson Robinson; Riley Johnson

The next day, the hackers gathered to pitch ideas, form teams, and begin working on their projects.

Ideas ranged from an app to spotlight trans people to an interface that makes REFUGE Restrooms more accessible through mobile platforms.

At the end of the two day hackathon, six teams presented their projects to a panel of esteemed judges ranging from software engineers to Harvard faculty.  

The winning team, pitched the concept for an app called FITTED, which helps trans people (and everyone else) find jeans online according to their body type.

The team drew from their own personal experiences as well as data collected over the weekend to design their prototype.