Code of Conduct

Turing Festival Ltd, the organisers of Turing Fest, Turing Founders, NextGen, Level Up and the Scottish Tech Startup Awards, is committed to providing a safe and welcoming experience for everyone.

Please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with our Code of Conduct — all event participants are expected to abide by it.

 

Anti-harassment

We are committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, disability, physical appearance, body size, pregnancy and maternity, national origin, race, age, religion, or belief. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. 

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks. Event participants — including speakers, sponsors and exhibitors — violating these rules may be sanctioned or removed from the event without a refund, at our discretion. Violators of these rules may also be excluded from participating in our future events.

Alcohol may be served at some of our events. We expect attendees who choose to consume alcohol to consume responsibly and to know their own limits.  Consuming alcohol is known to lower inhibitions.  It also affects people’s ability to defend themselves if they are being harassed.  The effects of alcohol consumption will not excuse harassing behaviour.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, gender reassignment, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnerships, disability, physical appearance, body size, pregnancy and maternity, national origin, race, age or religion or belief
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following 
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical or online contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Inviting or coercing a person into drinking a lot of alcohol in order to make them vulnerable
  • Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behaviour

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. We expect participants to abide by this Code of Conduct at all our events, venues, and event-related social activities. 

If you are being harassed, or witness harassment of someone else, please contact a member of staff immediately. Staff members are readily identifiable by their ‘Turing Fest’ t-shirts, and will immediately contact one of the conference organisers to handle incidents. You can also report any inappropriate behaviour or harassment via the contact details below.

 

COVID-19

We are committed to providing a safe, socially distanced environment for physical events during the global pandemic. In order to do so, we will ask all conference participants to abide by some social distancing and hygiene rules. These are subject to change based on government guidelines and expert advice, and may include some or all of the following:

  • Do not attend any physical events if you feel sick, have a fever, or should be in quarantine or isolation according to current government guidelines
  • Maintain a safe social distance of 2 meters from other attendees; no handshakes or hugs
  • Wear a mask at all times while inside the event space
  • Regularly wash your hands and use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • If you feel unwell while at any of our events, immediately notify a staff member.  Staff members are readily identifiable by their event-branded clothing, and they will immediately escort you to a safe isolation area.

Failure to comply with these rules or any other social distancing and hygiene rules at a physical event may result in your immediate removal from the event, without a refund, at the discretion of the organisers.  Your pass may be confiscated and you may not be allowed to re-enter the event.  

 

Organiser contact details

Brian Corcoran
CEO
brian@turingfest.com

Tannya Gaxiola
COO
tannya@turingfest.com

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.