Category Archives: conference

Code of Conduct: It’s a Misnomer

For me, a Code of Conduct is not actually guidelines for how to act. For me, a Code of Conduct is what to do if there is a problem with someones conduct. When I get on a plane, I am told what to do in case of emergency here are the exits, heres how to use your life jacket and oxygen mask. I am not told every little thing that could be an emergency I believe that would be a waste of time and invariably something would be left out.

Similarly, for conferences, listing out all the behaviors that might be problematic is a waste of time, and invariably, behaviors are left out. In my opinion, that is a waste of time. What is NOT a waste of time is giving out the information of what to do in case of emergency.

At the MySQL Connect website, under the Plan tab, is a link to the Oracle Events Code of Conduct. It says, simply, to act professionally and respectfully, and if there are any problems, contact Oracle Security and gives a phone numbers. I like that. Simple, and effective. And it was put under the Plan tab exactly where it should be. Its something to note as you plan to attend.

I put that number in my phone and, thankfully, did not have to use it. But knowing that I had a plan in case something happened made all the difference to me.

*BIG DISCLAIMER I do not speak for all people everywhere on this matter, just myself.

Conference Tips

As many folks know, I do a bit of traveling, both going to conferences, and speaking at them (MySQL and others). So I have compiled a list of tips and tricks, from the basics like do not forget to eat breakfast to putting your business cards inside your bag. I have a list with pictures that I will add to as I think of more. I hope you enjoy this tumblr-style list of conference tips!