Intelectual Property and Code of Conduct

NCHICA is excited to invite hackers from across the industry and university spectrum.  Many of you will be bound by non-compete clauses and intellectual property rules from existing contracts.  We expect all participants will register as individuals and honor the privacy contracts they have in place.  That being said, all the intellectual property created at the event will belong to the team that develops it together.  It will be up to the team to decide how to move forward with monetizing the concepts developed at the event.

We will utilize the  Code for America Code of Contact as the ethical backbone of the eHealth Technology Challenge.

As we conduct this we expect that collectively we:

  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. Find a way for people to be productive with their skills (technical and not) and energy. Use language such as “yes/and”, not “no/but.”
  6. Encourage members and participants to listen as much as they speak.
  7. 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.
  8. Prioritize access for and input from those who are traditionally excluded from the civic process.
  9. 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.
  10. Actively involve community groups and those with subject matter expertise in the decision-making process.
  11. Ensure that the relationships and conversations between community members, the local government staff and community partners remain respectful, participatory, and productive.
  12. Provide an environment where people are free from discrimination or harassment.

NCHICA reserves the right to ask anyone in violation of these policies not to participate in the eHealth Transformation Challenge


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