It’s a corporate sounding word, sure, but it’s important that we convey how this thing works, and values is how we do that. You don’t necessarily need to read any of it now, but we want you to be able to find it for if/when you do.
Diversity and Inclusivity
We believe deeply in nurturing the community that is gathering around // TODO and so, if you would like help with anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. We are happy to help you in any way we can – maybe help with writing your talk, or offering feedback and mentorship, perhaps just answering questions about the industry, or covering of expenses to attend/speak.
We are currently a team of three; Michael, Anastasia and Fabio. We share equally the tasks, responsibilities, and rights in the running of // TODO. Each month we take it in turns to curate the event and host it. This gives a different flavour to each month, whilst maintaining consistency. It also ensures nobody burns out.
We charge a small entry fee in order to achieve a number of things…
• If people pay for something they value it more
• We can invest that money straight back into the event by using it to offset the basic costs (like meetup.com and wordpress/domains)
• We can cover speaker costs where necessary.
• If we end up with an excess we can use it to stage events such as a summer, winter, and keynote parties.
We publish our finances online so that you can see how we spend the money we charge you. We believe this is important because running a meet-up is not without costs and because we want you to trust that we are doing the right thing with your money. Also, like the punks, we want to make it easier for others to follow in our footsteps.
None of the organisers draw a salary, or other payment, from // TODO except as repayment for expenses.
We publish potential talks, so people will know about your talk idea from the beginning. We will never disclose personal details (such as your email address) and people are not invited/allowed to comment on talks. See Proposed Talks Trello.
We appreciate your time and effort in offering to speak at // TODO but we reserve the right to decline, cancel or suggest modifications to your talk proposal. We have a good idea about what we think will work at and it’s important for us to be able to curate that.
We also reserve the right to ask you to leave our meet-up if we feel that you have acted in an unacceptable way. We hope this never happens, but we also want you to know that such behaviour is unacceptable. Our Code of Conduct has more details.
We don’t record talks for a number of reasons. Mostly because we like the power of being in the moment in the room, but also the freedom it gives the speakers to talk in an open and relaxed environment.