dev up is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Actionable conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, body size, race, age, or religion.
  • Violent or sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation or stalking
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other activities
  • Inappropriate or aggressive physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Participants asked to stop any harassing or violent behavior are expected to comply immediately. Any possible criminal behavior (including but not limited to theft, assault, or vandalism) will be immediately reported to the proper authorities and venue operations. If attendance at our event results in violation of any active restraining order or other such injunction, please contact the proper authorities.

Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Sexualized apparel or costumes will also be subject to scrutiny by the conference organizers.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, conference organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Conference organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside of our event too! Having said that, we are not responsible for, nor can we properly investigate or justifiably place restrictions on people for the reported behaviors of attendees, speakers, and sponsors outside of the various venues and dates of our event. If such a situation arises, please contact the proper authorities.


If you are a victim of or witness to a crime, do not hesitate to contact the proper authorities immediately. Although conference organizers would appreciate awareness of the crime so that we can extend our support, your safety and the safety of others takes priority.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Conference staff can be identified by special badges or found at our registration/information desk. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be able to extract maximum value from our event.

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Conference Organizers Contact Information

Scott Spradlin


Jeff Fattic


Chris Kadel

Phone Number for Hotel/Venue Security

St. Charles Convention Center

Al Beltranena (General Manager)

  • 636.669.3015

Angie Teel (Director of Event Experiences)

  • 636.669.3016
Local Law Enforcement

St. Charles Police Department


Local Sexual Assault Hotline

YWCA Women’s Resource Center – St. Louis

Hotline: 314.531.7273

Local Taxi Company

St. Charles Yellow Cab



This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.