Following the reports to the NumFOCUS Code-of-Conduct committee on Jeremy Howard’s keynote at JupyterCon 2020, and the controversy that followed, the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct Committee issued a public apology to Jeremy Howard and escalated the case to the board of directors.

The context
In his keynote at JupyterCon 2020, Jeremy Howard gave a point-by-point rebuttal of a presentation given at JupyterCon two years prior. Two attendees filed reports to the CoC committee as they felt that the content was unwelcoming and disrespectful.

The board of directors voted that the talk of Jeremy Howard adhered to the JupyterCon Code of Conduct. Jeremy’s talk offers the kind of exchange of ideas that makes an intellectual community vibrant and healthy.

Continued improvements
The NumFOCUS board has identified and is pursuing avenues to improve the content and process related to codes of conduct.