Diversity & Inclusion

Education and collaboration are vital to the future of the JavaScript ecosystem, and it is imperative to us that everyone in the community that wants to participate feels welcome to do so regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, age, religion or economic status. Our code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.


To encourage and increase the participation of a diverse community, we are pleased to offer diversity scholarships and discounts, to our conferences.

Diversity Scholarships – Learn more about the qualifications and process, applications are accepted through July 1.

Onsite Services

Nursing Room

We will be providing a private lactation room at this year’s event to aid in the comfort and accessibility for our nursing attendees. The room will be available all days of the event and will be located onsite in the venue. For location information, please check with any registration staff onsite.

Child Care

We are offering complimentary child care onsite for all attendees this year. Please visit our Child Care page for details. Pre-registration for these services required by September 7, 2018.

Quiet Room

All attendees may feel free to use the Quiet Room as needed. It is a physical space where conversation and interaction is not allowed, where attendees can go if for any reason they can’t interact with other attendees at that time. Location to be confirmed.

Communication Stickers

At Registration, attendees can pick up communication stickers to add to their badges. Communication stickers indicate an attendee’s requested level of interaction for both other attendees and press (including photographers and videographers). Green = open to communicate; Yellow = only if you know me please; Red = I’m not interested in communicating.

Please be respectful of attendee communication preferences.

Venue Accessibility

The Music City Center is wheelchair accessible. If you need any assistance locating an elevator, or have other questions about accessibility onsite, please speak to a member of the convention center staff, APIStrat event staff, recognizable by their Event Staff badges, or visit the Registration Desk.

Non-Binary Restrooms

We will designate specific restrooms within the venue as Non-Binary Restrooms for attendees who feel more comfortable using those facilities.

Wheelchair & Medical Equipment Rental

If you need a wheelchair or scooter, you can rent and pre-order them by emailing apistratevents@linuxfoundation.org for more information.

Contact Information/Harassment Reports

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified by staff badges onsite, and can be found at the event registration counter at any time. Our staff has had incident response training and responds to harassment reports and does so in accordance with the process recommended by the Ada Initiative, which can be found here on the Geek Feminism Wiki.

You may also reach out to the following individuals:

Colleen Mickey
Director of Event Services, The Linux Foundation
cmickey (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org

Lara Taback
Event Manager, JS Interactive
ltaback (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org

Conference staff 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 conference.

If you are planning to attend an upcoming event, and have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please contact Colleen Mickey at cmickey (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org. Precautions will be taken to ensure a victim’s comfort and safety, including, but not limited to providing an escort, prepping onsite staff, keeping victim and harasser from attending the same talks/social events and providing onsite contact cell phone numbers for immediate contact.

Emergency Resources

Nashville Police Department
Emergency 911
Non-Emergency 615-862-8600
Anonymous Tip Line 615-74-CRIME

Nashville General Hospital
(615) 341-4000
1818 Albion Street

Taxi Service: Music City Cab
(615) 865-4100

Contact Us With Ideas

If you have ideas on how we can create a more inclusive event, please do not hesitate to let us know. Contact Colleen Mickey, Director of Event Services, cmickey (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org or Lara Taback, Event Manager, ltaback (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org



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