Being law abiding hackers, Kawaiicon will be following the NZ Government alert guidelines for public events and sideshows during COVID times.
We can only go ahead if we are at Alert Level 1 (since… anything above that would be limited to 50 hackers…). Assuming we are at Alert Level 1 two weeks before the conference (29th October) we will proceed as planned.
Regardless of alert level, we’re dedicated to making Kawaiicon a safe place for everyone, this of course includes physical health:
- Don’t come to the ‘con if you are feeling unwell. Viruses are bad, keep them contained inside your lab/sandbox. Call your doc or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms.
- During the conference everyone will need to scan in. Use the NZ COVID tracer app. (Did you know it’s open sourced on github, and has a security vulnerability disclosure policy? Check it out!) We will have a paper register too but c’mon we know how terrible everyone’s handwriting can be, just use the app.
- When making your way to the ‘con: Don’t forget you gotta wear a mask when you are on flights, on public transport, in a taxi, or using a ride share. Wearing a mask at the ‘con is encouraged too since it is pretty crowded in the halls and theatre. We will have some you can use if you forget yours or just want another mask to add to your collection.
- There will be hand sanitisation stations throughout the venue to use, and we are gonna make sure to keep the venue clean. Regularly wash your hands for the 20 seconds it takes you to belt out the chorus to Africa by Toto, and dry them after.
- If you’re anti-vax or convinced that COVID is a government conspiracy we suggest you stay home, or alternatively get into the sea.
If the Alert Levels increase at any point after the 29th of October, the conference will be postponed until 2022. We don’t know when, because heck it is hard enough to get a venue booked under normal circumstances, but we will of course announce it once it is all squared away.
If we don’t go ahead, this will obviously have implications for those of you who have supported us by speaking, buying tickets or sponsoring the event.
For the companies that have provided generous sponsorship for the event, some of this money has already been spent on the venue deposit, art work, website design, crafting and various other sundry. Unfortunately it won’t be possible to refund you the money you sponsored, instead we will hold your sponsorship spot (and any residual cash) for the 2022 event.
We understand that a lot of you will have been sponsored by your company to attend the conference. While they might want to see an instant return on their investment, they will have to unfortunately wait until 2022 to reap the benefits of the hacker knowledge you will consume. All 2021 tickets will be transferred to 2022. In the unlikely event that you are getting married or already busy on the to be confirmed date for the 2022 conference, we will be able to arrange a refund for you.
We feel that running a virtual event doesn’t really gel with the type of conference we love running. We want to see you in the meatspace, not via some Zoom session. Therefore if the Alert Level changes we won’t be looking for you to deliver your talk online. Save it up for next year, add to your research, take it to the next level and we’ll see you in 2022.
Got a question?
Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, be kind? Running a ‘con is already a hard gig, and we are doing the best we can to give the NZ community hackers their hacker holiday.