Code of Conduct

apply() is a Machine Learning (ML) data engineering conference hosted by Tecton, Inc. (“Tecton”) and intended for networking and collaboration with members of the ML engineering community.

We value the participation of each member of the ML engineering community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether officially sponsored by Tecton or not.

To make clear what is expected, all staff, attendees, speakers, organizers, and volunteers at any Tecton event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

Our Standards

Tecton is dedicated to providing a positive conference experience for everyone, regardless of age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, or religion (or lack thereof), education, or socio-economic status.

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Being kind to others
  • Behaving professionally
  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
  • Focusing on what is best for the community
  • Showing empathy towards other community members

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:

  • Harassment of conference participants in any form
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Violent threats or language directed against another person
  • Sexual language and imagery in any conference venue, including talks
  • Insults or put downs
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or exclusionary jokes
  • Excessive swearing
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances
  • Unwelcome physical contact
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Other conduct that is inappropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds

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

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

Weapons Policy (in-person events)

No weapons are allowed at conference venues, including but not limited to explosives (including fireworks), guns, and knives, as well as any other item used for the purpose of causing injury or harm to others. Anyone seen in possession of one of these items will be asked to leave immediately, and will only be allowed to return without the weapon.

Attendees are further expected to comply with all state and local laws on this matter.


All apply() attendees are subject to the Code of Conduct. This includes Tecton staff and volunteers, as well as attendees of the tutorials, workshops, summits, poster sessions, receptions, conference, sprints, and sponsored or unofficial events.

Sponsors and sponsored activities are also subject to the Code of Conduct. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Sponsor staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

Contact Us

If you believe that someone is violating the code of conduct during a Tecton event, or have any other concerns, please talk to a member of the event staff or contact these individuals directly:

Gaetan Castelein:
VP of Marketing and Conference Organizer

Manmeet Gujral:
Product Marketing

Conference staff will be happy to assist participants experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

For speakers and sponsors: if you have any concerns about whether your presentation complies with the apply() Code of Conduct, please check with the organizers above.


This code of conduct is modified from the PyCon 2019 code of conduct at which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.