All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at Overlap are required to agree with the following code of conduct.

We require cooperation from all participants to ensure an environment which is safe and inclusive for every person.

We use these inclusive community norms at Overlap (stolen with pride from CultureLabX):

Code of Conduct

  1. Stay curious
    Listen with openness and consider how unfamiliar or less preferred ideas can broaden your perspective

  2. Own your experience
    Speak to your own experiences and responses without generalizing or expressing assumptions for a broader group.

  3. Share the floor
    Encourage full participation & note your habits. If you talk more, practice listening (e.g. in a triad talk ⅓ of the time). And it’s ok to “pass”.

  4. Listen actively
    Listen between the lines & avoid thinking or planning while others are speaking.

  5. Contextual confidentiality
    Avoid using identifiable information, unless consent is given.

  6. Withhold blame, shame, judgement
    Your experience is your experience, none are better or lesser. Quick judgments can limit innovation. Use AND > BUT to build ideas.

  7. Impact > Intent
    The impact of what you say is internalized above the intent behind what is said.

Need Help?

Contact one of the event organizers if you need help. 

Email us if you have a comment, concern, or ideas for how we can improve.


The Short Story

Overlap brings people together in a spirit of openness and deep vulnerability. Trust and intimacy are the twin engines of this experience.

As such, we are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender expression or gender identity, mental and/or physical disability, body size/ shape/color, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. We consider harassment on Twitter, email, and other online media to be equal to harassment in person. To be clear, disagreement is not harassment; harassment is any behavior that is perceived as threatening by another person and continues after being asked to stop.

Anyone violating the code of conduct or acting in any way that threatens anyone’s security or their ability to be a full and complete participant will be removed from Overlap–without refund– at the discretion of the conference organizers and will not be invited to future events nor will they be allowed to participate in the Overlap online community.


The longer version

Harassment includes verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, mental and/or physical disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, unwanted photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning or immediate expulsion from Overlap without refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any concerns or problems, please contact a member of the Overlap organizing team immediately.

We expect participants to follow this code of conduct and to be active in maintaining the trust associated with a harassment-free community. Beyond harassing behavior, there are behaviors and words that lead to a lack of inclusion. We invite and hope that everyone in this community feel safe and affirmed in their participation.