The Big Design conference is an event for people who share a passion for design, experience, innovation, usability, and other cool things. The conference is intended to be an inclusive environment where anyone interested in doing, making, and designing cool stuff is welcome.

Along with people from different industries and backgrounds, we encourage conversations and differing perspectives as part of the Big Design conference experience. We will ensure a safe environment for everyone, and your cooperation is expected.

To that end, we will provide an environment free of harassment for every person. To be clear “harassment” includes:

  • Offensive speech related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion
  • Offensive vulgar or sexual imagery in public spaces and presentations
  • Intimidation, stalking, following, unauthorized photography or recording of a person or people
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact or unwelcome sexual attention.

These are all things that have no place at the Big Design conference. We expect attendees to act in a way that’s a positive representation to the community at-large. Anyone asked to stop harassing behavior will be expected to stop immediately. If not, appropriate action will be taken by conference staff, security, and/or law enforcement.

Conference staff and volunteers will provide any of the following should the need arise:

  • Expulsion from the conference, including the hotel (where appropriate)
  • Escorts to and from venues
  • Mediation of conflicts relevant to Big Design Conference event and/or policy
  • Contacting security or law enforcement
  • Assistance to any Big Design attendees with special needs

Whether you are a volunteer, speaker, sponsor, or attendee, you must agree to behave appropriately or we’ll ask you to leave. In fact, we train our volunteers and speakers to be professional when they are working with us. You can help, too, by looking around and letting us know if some one’s behavior is negatively affecting our culture.

We don’t want people not to have a good time. That’s why we have these rules. We are actually encouraging great times by making sure Big Design is all about the knowledge being shared. Keep in mind when you are at Big Design, all of your actions have ripple effects. It’s up to you whether or not those ripples are positive or negative.

Contact Brian Sullivan or Keith Anderson to answer any questions.

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