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Professional & Ethical Conduct at DesignCon

DesignCon is committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all.

Purpose

Informa Markets supports an open and welcoming community. We are committed to providing a safe, professional and inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability status, or religion. Informa Markets will not tolerate demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior, materials and speech.

Please visit Informa’s corporate Code of Conduct for detailed information on how we operate as a business.

Our event code of conduct below outlines our expectations for participant behavior, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior. All determinations of appropriate or inappropriate behavior are in Informa Markets' sole discretion and the decision(s) of the Informa Markets representatives on-site will be final.

We invite our community of sponsors, speakers, attendees, media, staff, exhibitors and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive experience for everyone.

Get in Touch

Contact DesignCon’s customer service team at [email protected] or call 310-445-4273 if you have any questions.

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior, materials and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning materials or conduct by any attendees of the event and related event activities. Many event venues are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
  • Harassment includes: offensive comments (verbal, written, or otherwise) related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing materials, photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events (whether verbal or otherwise); inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Wearing clothing that is not suitable for a professional work environment, that is provocative, or otherwise potentially offensive.
  • Physical, written, verbal or other abuse, intimidation, threats, annoyance, harassment, stalking, pushing, shoving or use of any physical force whatsoever against any person, which in any way creates a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous, or creates apprehension in a person, as determined by Informa Markets and its show management, in their sole discretion.
  • Possession of any item that can be used as a weapon, which may cause danger to others if used in a certain manner.
  • Any boisterous, lewd or offensive behavior or language, including but not limited to using sexually explicit or offensive language, materials or conduct, or any language, behavior or content that contains profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious or ethnic slurs.
  • Possessing any open can, bottle or other receptacle containing any alcoholic beverages, except in areas specifically designated for the consumption of alcohol. Please drink responsibly.
  • Possessing any illegal substance, including but not limited to narcotics, marijuana, or other illegal drugs. Informa Markets does not tolerate the use or abuse of illegal substances anywhere in the Venue.
  • Smoking – other than in designated areas.
  • Assembling for the purpose of, or resulting in, disturbing the peace, or committing any unlawful act or engaging in any offensive behavior.
  • Failure to obey any rules or regulations of the Venue.

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated whether by other attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, sponsors, or exhibitors.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including expulsion from the conference without warning or refund and contacting the authorities as necessary.

In any emergency situation please call the authorities immediately via the house phones or directly.

If you are subjected to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a conference organizer as soon as possible. All reports will remain completely confidential.

Event staff will be available to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of the conference. You can report unacceptable behavior to any member of staff. Staff can be found in the Show Office onsite, or you may email one of the contacts below.

We expect all conference participants (staff, sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

Contact Us

Suzanne Deffree, Group Event Director,
[email protected]

Pamela Skaggs, Director of Operations, 
[email protected]

The above policies may be revised at any time by Informa Markets and are non-negotiable. This Code of Conduct is without prejudice to Informa Markets' rights, all of which it expressly reserves.