Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct | Omdena

Code of Conduct

Integrity is most important to us. It shows respect for your clients, your work, and the work of your peers.

Prior to joining an Omdena project, you must read and agree to Omdena’s collaborator Honor Code, Terms & Conditions, and Privacy Policy. 

Honor Code

You need to follow our Honor Code:

  • Your code must be your own work. 
  • If your code is identified as plagiarism, you may lose all the credit points you received for us and may be removed from the community. We also have the right to hold any certificates you were supposed to receive after the successful completion of a project. 
  • If you see, someone else is doing plagiarism (copying materials from another source without giving credit), immediately contact us.

In addition, we expect the following behavior from our community members:

Be polite.

  • Treat your fellow members with respect.
  • Insulting, condescending, or abusive words will not be tolerated.
  • Do not harass others.
  • Please do not attack people.

Respect Privacy and Be sensitive.

  • Do not collect personal information on the collaborators on the team (such as email addresses).
  • Do not install any addons into the slack workspace without consulting the Omdena Team.
  • Remember that Omdena is a global forum with people from many different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Be kind, thoughtful, and open-minded when discussing race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or controversial topics since others likely have different perspectives.

Post appropriate content in Slack.

  • You have to use your real and full name in slack.
  • Do not advertise or promote outside products or organisations.
  • You may not post inappropriate (e.g., pornographic or obscene) content.
  • Do not post copyrighted content.
  • Do not spam the forums with repetitive content.
  • Avoid sending direct messages to members unless absolutely necessary. 


Activity in the Challenge

  • All contributors should either create and/or join task channels and show active involvement within the first week.
  • Active participation of all contributors in slack & github will be gauged every week and warning emails will be sent if the activity is deemed less, at which point the respective contributor will get a fair chance to justify/increase involvement in the near future.
  • If a Collaborator is not active in slack or github for more than a week, he or she will be removed and will not be allowed to join any future Omdena project.
  • On receiving the removal email, the collaborator will have 24 hours to explain the reason for inactivity and will be reinstated if was removed by mistake.
  • If a collaborator request to be removed, we may not select the collaborator in future challenges.
  • It is understandable that some collaborators might not be using slack to post regular updates in the task channel and/or might be working independently. However, Omdena is a collaborative platform and the activity check is done to encourage active engagement and participation within the community.

Posts that violate this Code may be deleted or made invisible to others by any forum moderator. Any collaborator who repeatedly breaks these rules may be removed from the community.


Data, IP, and Confidentiality

The collaborator agrees that no individually identifiable data shall be disclosed, released, revealed, showed, sold, rented, leased, loaned, or otherwise have access granted to any person out of the community. It is prohibited to record of any video calls or working sessions during the challenge. Additionally, the collaborator will not attempt to identify or contact any specific individual included in a dataset, or with the use of other information, without written permission from Omdena or the client organisation. 

All data given by the client organisation must be kept within the project folders/tools and not shared or used outside. Access to the data shall be limited to the minimum number of individuals necessary to achieve the purpose stated in this section and to those individuals on a need-to-know basis only. Anyone breaching that will be removed and necessary legal action will be taken against the person. The collaborator agrees to establish appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the confidentiality of the data and to prevent unauthorised use or access to it. 

The collaborator will understand and abide by all data use agreements, licensing conditions, and restrictions for proprietary and open-source datasets.  NOTE:  Albeit limited, ‘free and open’ public datasets often have usage requirements that must be followed.

The code that the collaborator is writing should be stored in the GitHub repo of Omdena. You can use your local repo to write and test code (including use Google Collab) but you must move the final code to the Omdena Github repo. By being part of an Omdena project you agree to hand over the copyright of the code and Intellectual Property of any work done as part of the project to Omdena Inc. 

During the project, you may download data or code to your local PC if necessary. However, the collaborator will destroy all confidential information associated with actual records as soon as the purposes of the project have been accomplished and notify the providing agency to this effect in writing.

By agreeing to take part in the Omdena project a collaborator agrees to share her LinkedIn profile with other collaborators. Omdena may tag her LinkedIn profile in a LinkedIn post. Additionally, the weekly calls will be recorded for internal purposes and shared with the partner organisation.

When the project is complete, the collaborator will

  • Destroy all hard copies containing confidential data (e.g., shredding or burning);
  • Delete all online confidential data;

Sharing of Project Results

Any content on the work done in the project can only be shared with Omdena’s written permission and after the end of the project. This applies to blog posts, articles, academic papers, and social media posts.

By signing below, you agree to comply with Omdena’s code of conduct as well as the terms and conditions.


Offered a position by the partner post-challenge

If offered a position or role by the challenge partner after the end of the challenge, let us know via email to [email protected]


Report abuse

If someone is violating the Code of Conduct, you can report them by contacting Omdena support at [email protected].