Code of Conduct


Like the tech community as a whole, the Startup Weekend Dublin team and community is made up of a mixture of professionals and volunteers working on every aspect of the mission – including mentorship, teaching and connecting people.

Diversity is one of our huge strengths, but it can also lead to communication issues and unhappiness. To that end, we have a few ground rules that we ask people to adhere to. This code applies equally to all those participating in our events (organisers, mentors, judges, sponsors, facilitators and attendees).

This isn’t an exhaustive list of things that you can’t do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it’s intended – a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the technical communities in which we participate.

This code of conduct applies to all events managed by the Startup Weekend Dublin team (pre and post Startup Weekend events included). In addition, violations of this code outside these spaces may affect a person’s ability to participate within them.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you report it by emailing or directly, by engaging with the organisers.

Be friendly and patient.

Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

Be considerate. Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect colleagues and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we’re a world-wide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else’s primary language.

Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Members of the Startup Weekend community should be respectful when dealing with other members as well as with people outside the Startup Weekend community.

Be careful in the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
  • Discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting (or threatening to post) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
  • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.

When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and Startup Weekend is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of SW comes from its varied community, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere, rather offer to help resolving issues and to help learn from mistakes.

Original text courtesy of the Speak Up! project.

Global Startup Battle #GSB2014

During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov 17-23), hundreds of Startup Weekend events are hosted around the world and teams from each event can compete regionally or by theme with one another via a global video competition.

What exactly is GSB?

  • The biggest startup competition in the universe 🙂
  • More than 200 simultaneous events and programs over 10 days
  • Where we will have over 30,000 entrepreneurs in over 100 countries rally together in the name of innovation and community each year
  • A life changing event with a legacy of high performing, long lasting teams emerging

How is this upcoming Startup Weekend different than any other?

In a 10 day period, there will be over 200 other Startup Weekends (including our event in Dublin) happening at the same time all over the world, and every team from those events will be eligible to compete in Global Startup Battle (GSB).

How is the GSB World Champ chosen?

Global Startup Battle 2014 adds an exciting new regional layer that allows you to compete first against those in your city, then those near you (in one of 6 global regions), and then globally. All along the way, judges, mentors, coaches, your city, your Organizers, and the UP team will be supporting your quest to be Champion.

Check out the official Global Startup Battle information pack here.

Round 1:
Best of the Cities
Teams who place in the top three at their local event are eligible to compete to be one of two regional champions.

Round 2:
Best of the Regions
A free for all where your team seeks votes and the love of judges. 50% of your overall score is determined by votes, the other by judges.

Round 3:
GSB Champ Crowned
2 teams from each region will emerge and square off against the rest of the Regional Champions. From the final 12 (6 regions x 2 Regional Champs), the final Champion will be named.

But it’s not only the winners who get to participate in GSB. There’s also a Track Champion competition. Details here.

Important Dates

Nov 14-16 – Global Startup Battle weekend 1
Nov 21-23 – Global Startup Battle weekend 2
Nov 26 – Voting begins (theme tracks)
Dec 3 – Voting ends
Dec 4-5 – Judging
Dec 6-7 – Scoring/Admin
Dec 10 – Winner Announcement

See you all next weekend! Oh… and there’s a hashtag battle happening as well. Would be cool if you could use #GSB2014 during the weekend! o/

Gender, race, nationality, knowledge, skills and background. Diversity.

It matters. Diversity does. 365 days a year we do our best to make a real contribution to the tech community and on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of November we are going to aim to do the same. But we need your help. We have done our best when it comes to organisers, judges, speakers and mentors and at this particular time, our list is pretty balanced. We are yet to announce the final list of Startup Weekend Dublin contributors but right now we are at 50/50. And the balance won’t really shift much. If at all.

We have contacted most of the diversity focused entities that we know within tech and asked them to help us out: DigiWomen, Coding Grace, PyLadies, Girl Geek Dinners, WITS and Askaton. We spoke to some of the influencers within the larger corporations and asked them to support us internally and spread the word. And now we are asking for your help. Passive inclusion is simply not enough.

It is crucial to say that we recognise the importance of gender balance and diversity and it is this space of real diversity that we are passionately chasing.

How can you help? It’s simple really: think about Startup Weekend for a moment – is there a woman in your life, a friend, sister, partner or a colleague who would find the experience interesting, useful or fun?

All we want is to connect people who are passionate about this space. Or curious about it. Thank you.

The Startup Weekend Dublin Team