Code of Conduct

The short version

Bela acknowledges the disparity of representation and lack of diversity that exists in the audio development and embedded computing communities. Bela is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and harassment-free experience for everyone, both online and in our in-person workshops, regardless of gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, body size, level of programming experience, age, or cultural background. We do not tolerate harassment of community members in any way (including sexualised language or imagery, trolling, withholding or obscuring credit, public or private harassment, publishing the personal information of others, or any conduct that would be inappropriate in a professional setting).

We also acknowledge that this is an evolving process through which we learn and improve our policies, and that we are here to serve our community. We invite feedback on our diversity and inclusion strategies from the community at any time.

If you experience harassment in an online Bela space, email us using this form and we will address it. If you experience harassment in an in-person workshop, please approach a member of the Bela team for assistance.

The Long Version

Bela and Diversity

The Bela team acknowledges the diversity disparity in technical disciplines, especially in the audio development and embedded hardware communities. We actively work to highlight and address this disparity, with the goal of positively contributing to improving it.

This Code of Conduct is one of these intiatives. If you would like to submit your comments on it or have constructive ways we can improve, please reach out to us through this form.

Our Pledge

In the interest of addressing the diversity problem in the audio development and embedded hardware communities, the Bela team aims to foster an open and welcoming environment. As contributors and maintainers, we pledge to making participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

The Bela team also recognises that this is an evolving document, and an evolving process.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language
  • Respecting the members of our community by acknowledging that the knowledge and experience required for innovation comes from a diverse range of places, and always aiming to provide resources to share and elevate the skills of all
  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism from our users and community
  • Focusing on what is best for the community
  • Showing empathy towards other community members

Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
  • Withholding or obscuring credit for the work or intiatives of others
  • Public or private harassment
  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting

Our Responsibilities

As project maintainers, we are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate, proactive, and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.

As project maintainers, we also have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.


This Code of Conduct applies both within project spaces and in public spaces when an individual is representing the project or its community. Examples of representing a project or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of a project may be further defined and clarified by project maintainers.


Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported through our contact form. The project team will review and investigate all complaints, and will respond in a way that it deems appropriate to the circumstances and will take action only with the permission of the reporter(s). The project team will maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter(s) of an incident.

Project maintainers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the project’s leadership.


We can only improve the diversity of the audio development and embedded hardware communities by listening to the feedback of those we pledge to serve. If you have ideas about how we can do better, want to highlight what’s working, or have a specific area of concern, please get in touch through this form. We want to hear from you, and promise to carefully consider your comments and concerns and do our best to meet them.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 1.4, available at The Bela team have adopted parts of this Code of Conduct following the excellent example provided in Just the Docs, and we are grateful for their leadership and example.