Rising Media is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants, speakers, exhibitors, or employees in any form at our event or official activities. Suggestive and inappropriate sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Anyone violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Anyone asked to stop any harassing behavior is expected to do so immediately.
Exhibitors, sponsors, and all staff at the venue are subject to the anti-harassment policy. Exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or costumes which in any way could create a sexualized environment.
If any participant engages in harassing behavior, any of the SMX team (identified by SMX Staff name badges) or supporting staff may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference.
If you are being harassed, notice someone else being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the SMX team immediately. We will be more than happy to provide assistance in contacting the appropriate venue security or local law enforcement body, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.
We expect these rules to be adhered to at all of our conferences, workshops, and other conference related events.