Code Of Conduct Of Knowledge Graphs Conference LLC

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at The Knowledge Graph Conference (KGC) are required to agree with the following code of conduct. 

Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

The Knowledge Graph Conference (KGC):

The event is community-organized and intended for networking, collaboration, dissemination of new ideas, and learning. Attendees consist of industry practitioners, developers, researchers, librarians, students, investors and more, across a wide variety of disciplines and geographic locations.

Accordingly, The Knowledge Graph Conference organizers are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), technology choices, or other group status. We value the participation of every participant and want all participants in KGC activities to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

Everyone taking part in KGC activities—whether in person or online—are expected to show respect and courtesy to others throughout their participation. In addition, we ask all attendees to adhere to the following standards of conduct:

  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience consisting of people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is never appropriate in such a context, nor is language referring to personal qualities or characteristics or group membership.
  • Be kind to others. Engage respectfully with ideas and never with person or identity. Insulting, degrading, or disrespectful behavior is never appropriate at KGC activities.
  • Be mindful of jargon, slang, and cultural references that can exclude others from engaging in the discussion.
  • Feel free to join new groups of people in conversation. When you are in a group, try leaving space for one more person to join you (the PAC-Man rule) as a way of encouraging others.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues, conference-related social events and online.

Conflict Resolution:

We take a community approach to ensuring the safety and comfort of all attendees. Everyone is responsible for assisting in any circumstances where anyone appears to not be following the Code of Conduct. The KGC organizers commit to ensure the Code of Conduct is enforced.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, or otherwise violates the Code of Conduct, please report this as soon as possible to one of the KGC organizers. At any time, you can reach the organizers via email (see contact information below). You can make a report either personally or anonymously. The organizers are committed to address and resolve the issue in question to the best of its abilities. It is also committed to reviewing this Code of Conduct regularly and learning from other organizations.

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our organization for everyone. We want you to be happy and benefit from our event.


If a participant engages in harassing behavior, KGC and its organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the person in question, removing them from a specific KGC activity, or banning them from further participation in KGC activities, in person or online. Participants asked to stop any behavior that makes others uncomfortable are expected to comply immediately.

Specific actions to enforce this Code of Conduct may include but are not limited to:

  • warning the person to cease their behavior and that any further reports will result in other sanctions;
  • requiring that the person refrain from any interaction with the person harmed by their behavior for the remainder of the event;
  • early termination of activities (such as online lectures, discussions, or other activities) that violate the policy;
  • refusing to publish video or other material from a lecture or activity that violated the policy;
  • cancelling subsequent appearances by a speaker or participant who violated the policy;
  • immediately ending any volunteer responsibilities and privileges;
  • preventing the person from holding a position of responsibility in future KGC events (either indefinitely or for a certain time period);
  • requiring the person to cease participation or leave the event or online activity immediately and not return;
  • banning the person from future events and online activities (either indefinitely or for a certain time period);
  • publishing an account of the offending behavior (publication will never occur contrary to the wishes of those harmed by the offending behavior).


If an incident occurs, please contact one or all of the Executive Committee members directly or using

KGC Executive Committee members are:

  • François Scharffe, Co-Founder, Conference Chair
  • Thomas Deely, Co-Founder
  • Hazel Alvarado, Head of Partnerships
  • Joaquin Melara, COO

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