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README.md

Lancaster Tech Community

This repository is a place for the Lancaster, PA tech community to collaborate and discuss issues affecting the community and share resources as they're being developed.

All of these items are open for discussion! If you don't like something, just file an issue or talk to us.

TechLancaster

TechLancaster is a local meetup for tech people to come together and geek out. We strive to be open, welcoming, and supportive to everyone in the community, regardless of their interest or background.

As members of the tech community, we want to ensure the community remains a healthy, open, and welcoming place for all its current and future members.

The next section outlines some guiding principals we hope to adopt for TechLancaster.

Core Values

  • Open - Everything TechLancaster does is transparent.
  • Local - TechLancaster's primary goal is the support and growth of the tech scene in Lancaster, PA.

Core Purpose

TechLancaster's core purpose is to support people in the technology community in Lancaster, PA.

Code of Ethics / Conduct

The Lancaster tech community expects that activities, events, and digital forums:

  1. Are a safe and respectful environment for all participants.
  2. Are a place where people are free to fully express their identities.
  3. Presume the value of others. Everyone’s ideas, skills, and contributions have value.
  4. Don’t assume everyone has the same context, and encourage questions.
  5. Encourage members and participants to listen as much as they speak.
  6. Strive to build tools that are open and free technology for public use. Activities that aim to foster public use, not private gain, are prioritized.
  7. 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 marginalized groups.
  8. Actively involve community groups and those with subject matter expertise in the decision-making process.
  9. Ensure that the relationships and conversations between community members and participating organizations remain respectful, participatory, and productive.
  10. Provide an environment where people are free from discrimination or harassment.

The Lancaster tech community reserves the right to ask anyone in violation of these policies not to participate in activities, events, and digital forums.

Principles

  • Free and Open
  • Driven by community not commerce
  • Governed by rough consensus

TechLancaster does not endorse any business, product, service, etc. This allows us to remain neutral and focus on growing the tech community in Lancaster. Note: the meetup is often sponsored by businesses that donate use of their space, equipment, etc. We acknowledge that it's impossible to remain entirely neutral in this situation, but rely on the community to call us out on anything that crosses the line.