Event Code of Conduct

Bloomberg is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants at all of our events. Our events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the technology community. They exist to encourage the open exchange of ideas and expression and require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group. While at Bloomberg events or related ancillary or social events, any participants, including speakers, attendees, staff, and anyone else, should not engage in harassment in any form.

Expected Behavior

All event participants are expected to behave in accordance with professional standards, with both this Code of Conduct as well as their respective employer’s (if any) policies governing  appropriate workplace behavior, and applicable laws.

Unacceptable Behavior

Harassment will not be tolerated in any form, including but not limited to harassment based on gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other status protected by laws in the jurisdiction where the event is being held. Harassment includes the use of abusive, offensive or degrading language, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, sexual imagery and unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors. Any report of harassment at one of our events will be addressed immediately. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Anyone who witnesses or is subjected to unacceptable behavior should notify an event staff member at once.

Speakers should not use sexual language, images, or any language or images that would constitute harassment, as defined above, in their talks.

Consequences Of Unacceptable Behavior

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event staff may take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from issuance of a warning to the offending individual to expulsion from the event with no refund, depending on the circumstances. Bloomberg reserves the right to exclude any participant found to be engaging in harassing behavior from participating in any further Bloomberg events or other activities.

What To Do If You Witness Or Are Subjected To Unaccceptable Behavior

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns relating to harassment, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified by t-shirts/staff badges onsite. You are also encouraged to contact Kevin P. Fleming at kpfleming (at) bloomberg (dot) net.

Incident Response

Our staff will respond to harassment reports in accordance with commonly-accepted principles and procedures. As referenced above, if a participant engages in harassing behavior, the staff may take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from issuance of a warning to the offending individual to expulsion from the event with no refund, depending on the circumstances. Bloomberg reserves the right to exclude any participant found to be engaging in harassing behavior from participating in any further Bloomberg events or other activities.

Event staff will also provide support to victims, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing an escort

  • Contacting hotel/venue security or local law enforcement

  • Briefing key event staff to for response/victim assistance

  • Otherwise assisting those experiencing harassment to ensure that they feel safe for the duration of the event

Pre-Event Concerns

If you are planning to attend an upcoming event, and have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please contact Kevin P. Fleming at kpfleming (at) bloomberg (dot) net. Precautions will be taken to ensure an attendee’s comfort and safety, including, but not limited to: providing an escort, prepping onsite event staff, keeping attendee and harasser from attending the same talks/social events and providing onsite contact cell phone numbers for immediate contact.