Presented by

  • Matthew Cengia

    Matthew Cengia

    Matt (he/him/his) is a queer, autistic cisgender man from the lands of Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation (so-called Melbourne, Australia. He has a long background in Linux systems admin and software development, as well as strong interests in communication, empathy, consent, openness and transparency, privacy and security, diversity and inclusion. Matt identifies as a generalist, polymath, or multi-potentialite, and his breadth of interests often give him a unique perspective on how to relate to, and mediate between, people of different specialities.


So you've started a new community. This could be anything from a new open source project you've started to develop, or a meetup group you're trying to form for people in your local area who are interested in the same sort of things as you. You want others to participate in this community; humans are social creatures, after all. In order for this to be a safe and inclusive community, though, you'll need to have some guidelines on how people should interact, what behaviours are acceptable, and how disputes and conflicts are resolved. The start of this process should be a code of conduct, paired with an incident response procedure. This talk will explain how critically important these things are to maintaining your community, and how to go about implementing them.