Our online Slack chat group and in-person Meetups are great places to
get started helping with a project! Anyone can join! Technical skills
are not required to contribute.
1. Join Our Slack Chat
We use Slack, an online chat platform, as our primary communication
channel to collaborate on projects and stay updated on events.
Sign up to our Slack chat group and introduce yourself!
2. Attend a Meetup
Event details for our next virtual meeting are available on our Meetup page. We
onboard new members at every meetings. You can also meet our existing
members and team leads. Everyone is welcome!
Code for San José typically meets two Thursdays a month at 6:30pm.
3. Browse Our Projects on Github
We use Github to store, manage, and publish the open source code for
our projects. If you don't have an account yet, you will need to sign
Take a look at our Github repositories to see what we are working on
currently and what we could use your help with!
Before you join...
Every member is expected to read and abide by both our Code of Conduct
and Anti-Harassment policy. Please read them both
This document is adapted from Code for America's Code of Conduct and
Code of Conduct
The Code for San José community expects that Code for San José network
activities, events, and digital forums:
Are a safe and respectful environment for all participants.
Are a place where people are free to
fully express their
Presume the value of others. Everyone's ideas, skills, and
contributions have value.
Don't assume everyone has the same context, and encourage
Find a way for people to be productive with their skills
and energy. Use language such as "yes/and," not "no/but."
Encourage members and participants to listen as much as they speak.
Strive to build tools that are
open and free technology for public
Prioritize access for and input from those who are
excluded from the civic process.
Work to ensure that the community is well-represented in the
planning, design, and implementation of civic tech. This includes
encouraging participation from
women, minorities, and traditionally
Actively involve community groups and those with subject matter
expertise in the decision-making process.
Ensure that the relationships and conversations between
, the local government staff and community partners remain
respectful, participatory, and productive.
Provide an environment where people are
free from discrimination
Code for San José reserves the right to ask anyone in violation of
these policies not to participate in Code for America network
activities, events, and digital forums.
This policy is based on several other policies, including the Ohio
LinuxFest anti-harassment policy, written by Esther Filderman and Beth
Lynn Eicher, and the Con Anti-Harassment Project. Mary Gardiner,
Valerie Aurora, Sarah Smith, and Donna Benjamin generalized the
policies and added supporting material. Many members of LinuxChix,
Geek Feminism and other groups contributed to this work.
All Code for San José network activities, events, and digital forums
and their staff, presenters, and participants are held to an
anti-harassment policy, included below.
In addition to governing our own events by this policy, Code for San
José will only lend our brand and fund groups that offer an
anti-harassment policy to their attendees. For information on how to
offer an anti-harassment policy to your group, see this guide from
Code for America.
Code for San José is dedicated to providing a
experience for everyone
gender, gender identity and
expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body
size, race, age, or religion
We do not tolerate harassment of staff,
presenters, and participants in any form
Sexual language and imagery
is not appropriate
for any Code for America event or network activity,
including talks. Anyone in violation of these policies may be expelled
from Code for America network activities, events, and digital forums,
at the discretion of the event organizer or forum administrator.
Harassment includes but is not limited to:
Offensive verbal or written
comments related to:
Gender identity and expression
Sexual images in public spaces
Harassing photography or recording
Sustained disruption of talks or other events
Inappropriate physical contact
Unwelcome sexual attention
Patronizing language or action
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organizers may
take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender
or expulsion from Code for San José network activities, events, and
Event staff or forum administrators will be happy to help participants
contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide
escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel
safe for the duration of the event.
If you cannot reach an event organizer or forum administrator and/or
it is an emergency, please call 911 and/or remove yourself from the
You can also contact Code for America about harassment at
email@example.com and feel free to use the email template
below. Code for America staff acknowledge that we are not always in a
position to evaluate a given situation due to the number of events and
the fact that our team is not always present. However, we are hopeful
that by providing these guidelines we are establishing a community
that jointly adheres to these values and can provide an environment
that is welcoming to all.
We value your attendance and hope that by communicating these
expectations widely we can all enjoy a harassment-free environment.
Email Template for Anti-Harassment Reporting
SUBJECT: Safe Space alert at [EVENT NAME]
I am writing because of harassment at a Code for San José Communities
event, (NAME, PLACE, DATE OF EVENT).