IndieCade Europe:
October 30 - 31, 2017
Paris, France

IndieCade East:
December 1 - 3, 2017
New York City
INDIECADE STATEMENT OF VALUES

IndieCade exists to celebrate the unlimited creative potential of independent games. In order for this potential to flourish, gaming must welcome, encourage, and empower participants from all backgrounds and walks of life. Together, we choose to create a culture of respect, openness, and engagement, by maintaining a positive space where we honor our diversity, knowing it makes us stronger. While you are a part of our community, we ask that you join us in creating this welcoming environment. If you observe or experience anything that makes individuals feel unsafe or unwelcome, please reach out to one of our NPCs or a member of our staff for assistance.

INCLUSIVENESS POLICY & PROCEDURES

Our goal is to make IndieCade as welcoming as possible to all our attendees. Our staff, chairs, sponsors, gamemakers and volunteers work very hard to make our events happen and we couldn’t have done it without your help! We invite you to join us in supporting and maintaining our community values to create as safe a space as possible for everyone.

First and foremost no form of harassment (insults, stalking, bullying, unwanted touching, etc) or discrimination (by gender, race, disability, etc) will be tolerated. NPCs, wearing T-shirts bearing an exclamation point, will be stationed throughout the event. Feel free to call on them if you experience or observe harassment or bullying of any kind.

To maintain a safe space at IndieCade, we do the following:

  1. We will all refrain from using language that can be considered homophobic, sexist, transphobic, racist, ableist, etc. This includes slurs on sexuality (the f-word), trans* status (the t-word), mental disability (the r-word) and others.

  2. We will also avoid using offensive topics as a form of humor, such as making racist or sexual assault jokes.

  3. We will remember that even if it’s okay to say some of these things in our circles of friends, we are in a public place and we will do everything in our power to remind ourselves of that.

  4. If we say something that is found offensive, and we are called out on it, we will take the following steps:
    • Avoid being defensive or taking it as a personal attack.
    • Listen to the person speaking and let them speak without interruption.
    • Believe what the person is saying and do not attempt to disqualify their points.
    • Ask for tips/help with avoiding making the offense in the future.
    • Apologize for your behavior.
    • Stop interacting with the person if they ask you to and do not pursue them.
    • If all else fails, ask an IndieCade NPCs or staff member to help moderate the situation.
  5. If somebody offends us, we will do our best to do the following:
    • Focus on the action rather than the person; avoid stating that the individual is sexist, racist, etc, rather than their behavior.
    • Inform them that what they have said or done is offensive, privately if possible.
    • Try to help them understand how to avoid it in the future (if possible).
    • If all else fails, ask an IndieCade NPCs or staff member to help moderate the situation.
  6. If we have any criticism or concerns regarding any of the staff, panelists, vendors, or anyone kind enough to donate their time to take part in IndieCade, we will politely, quietly and ideally privately bring it up with them and ask if they would like to discuss it.

  7. Lastly, we will ask before touching or taking any pictures of somebody. And we will politely respect anybody’s request for privacy or space.

Inclusiveness Policy adapted from our friends at GaymerX.

Contact Us

To get in touch, please e-mail [email protected].