The Scottish Summit ("SS") community is made up of a network of people with a common agenda, cause, and interests, who collaborate by sharing ideas, information, and resources. It is of utmost importance to the SS that each and every person attending one of our conferences and events has a positive and rewarding experience and to that end, we invite all sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, vendors, and others ("Participants") to help us realize a safe, respectful, and positive experience for everyone. When you participate in an event hosted by the SS you are contributing to the overall experience, which makes us all accountable to each other.
The SS has established this Code of Conduct to provide guidelines to Participants and to ensure that all Participants understand what behavior is expected, and what behavior will not be tolerated at an SS event. The SS expects all Participants to abide by this Code of Conduct at all events. This includes conference-related social events at off-site locations, and in related online communities and social media.
The SS is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive event experience for everyone regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
The SS expects that community members will:
- Be considerate and respectful to all community members.
- Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior, materials, and speech.
- Speak up if they observe anything at an event that conflicts with this Code of Conduct. If you are being harassed or feel uncomfortable, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the SS volunteer staff immediately.
Unacceptable behavior from any community member will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:
- Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech, materials, or conduct by any Participants 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.
- Violence, threats of violence, or violent language directed against another person.
- Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
- Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
- Inappropriate photography or recording.
- Taking of photos within the event environment for use on social media, without the prior permission of the individuals or owners of the content therein.
- 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.
- Failure to obey any rules or regulations of the event venue.
CONSEQUENCES OF UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR
Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a Participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the SS may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the event with no refund. For more egregious behavior, the SS may, in its reasonable discretion, temporarily ban or permanently expel a Participant from the event.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU WITNESS OR ARE SUBJECTED TO UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR
If you are subjected to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify SS Volunteer staff or contact the Event Organisers Mark Christie or Iain Connolly as soon as possible. SS Volunteers staff will be available to assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of the event. All reports will remain completely confidential.
This Code of Conduct is the product of the SS's commitment to create and nurture a welcoming, respectful, and collaborative community, and we thank our Participants for sharing our commitment. The framework of this Code of Conduct was inspired by the Open Source Bridge Code of Conduct, released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, and the Google Anti-Harassment Policy, licensed under the Creative Commons Zero License.
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Scottish Summit is proud to be inclusive by design. Whilst inclusion isn’t something that can ever be ‘completed’ as such, we are proud to build it into our DNA and work towards ensuring everyone has a safe and positive experience.
As per our Code of Conduct, we do not tolerate racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, misogyny, ableism or other discriminatory jokes, language or beliefs. This includes but is not limited to the conference day itself, the preceding hackathons and workshops, the conference feedback forms and social media discussion around the event. Please note that if you find this onerous or otherwise difficult to adhere to, Scottish Summit is not the event for you.
The venue is fully wheelchair accessible, and service dogs are permitted. If you may require assistance on the day, please let us know and we will accommodate you. There are unfortunately no gender neutral bathrooms available at the venue this year, except for the disabled access bathrooms. Scottish Summit would like to remind all attendees that not all disabilities are visible, and that ‘bathroom policing’ in any form is not acceptable.
Each session will be auto-captioned, and available for download afterwards. The venue will be very busy on the day, however there are quiet areas available in the University cafeteria if you feel you need a quieter place.
We understand that large community events, particularly in tech, have a bad name when it comes to inclusivity and diversity, however we are keen to change that. Not as a ‘box-ticking’ exercise, but because it is the right thing to do, and because when we involve people from all backgrounds, we learn more and become more.
If you feel your requirements may not be catered for, if you have any concerns or would just like to discuss this with us, please get in touch.
Suitcasing and Outboarding Policy
ScottishSummit depends on our exhibitors and sponsors for successful events. As such, we are mandating increased measures to protect our exhibitors/sponsors from “suitcasing/outboarding” at our conferences and meetings.
Statement of Intent
In order to protect our valued exhibitors/sponsors and the investment they make in the event, thereby supporting the ScottishSummit mission, our rules strictly prohibit solicitation, “suitcasing” or “outboarding” by attendees who transact or promote business at our conferences and meetings and do NOT have exhibit booths or sponsor investment.
By suitcasing or outboarding the show, an attendee gains an unfair competitive advantage over exhibitors/ sponsors that have invested money and other resources to participate in the events.
What is Suitcasing and Outboarding?
“Suitcasing” and “Outboarding” are unethical parasitic business practices in which non-exhibitors and non-sponsors attempt to gain access to conference attendees. This is either by walking the show promoting/selling product or hosting off-site events during the period of time ScottishSummitis in a given area.
“Suitcasing” refers to those non-participating companies or persons who go to conferences as an attendee but “work the aisles” from their suitcase and solicit business in the aisles, session rooms, or even the lobby area. Examples of this include the distribution of samples, flyers, and other materials to attendees.
“Outboarding” refers to non-participating companies that set up meetings, parties and demos at offsite locations such as hotel hospitality suites or restaurants, and encourage show attendees to leave the conference and show and spend time with them without the prior approval of ScottishSummit.
Examples may include but are not limited to:
- A non-exhibitor sets up a hospitality room outside the show and/or invites attendees to leave the show and visit their suite.
- A non-exhibitor sends out alerts to potential customers that while they will not be participating this year they will have personnel walking the show and/or will be offering demos or show specials.
- A non-exhibitor branding themselves at the event to give the impression that they are an exhibitor or sponsor.
- A non-exhibitor puts together a webpage with the conference logo and solicits meetings with attendees.
- A non-exhibitor piggybacks on the activities of a third party such as a vendor or partner who is exhibiting.
What are the Consequences of Suitcasing or Outboarding?
Please note that any attendee at a ScottishSummit conference or meeting, who is observed to be soliciting business in the aisles or other public spaces, or uninvited attendees in another company’s booth, will be asked to leave immediately.
Likewise, known commercial activity conducted from a hotel guest room or hospitality suite, a restaurant or any other public place in proximity to ScottishSummit conferences by non-participating companies, will be shut down if utilizing properties with which ScottishSummit has an agreement. Companies that violate this policy will be given a warning upon ScottishSummit management finding out about said outside event, and potentially run the risk of being banned from participating in future ScottishSummit events.