Events Code of Conduct

NewBoCo is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, including panelists, sponsors, presenters, and attendees. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. All communications should be appropriate for a professional audience. We thank our attendees for their help in keeping events welcoming, respectful, and friendly to all participants.

Events and acceptance of terms

As used below, the term “NewBoCo Event” means an event, gathering, promotion, contest, meet-up or the like that is organized or hosted by NewBoCo. A “Non-NewBoCo Event” means an event, gathering, promotion, contest, meet-up or the like that is organized or hosted by someone other than NewBoCo, but that may appear or be listed on websites owned and operated by NewBoCo including www.newbo.co and related websites (“Site”). To participate in or attend a NewBoCo Event (as sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other guests), you must agree to the terms in this Code of Conduct. If you find that you cannot or will not agree to such terms, please do not RSVP to or attend any NewBoCo Event. If you RSVP to any NewBoCo Event or Non-NewBoCo Event through the Site, you signal that you have read, understand and agree to these event terms.

Expected behavior

We invite all sponsors, volunteers, and attendees, and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive event experience for everyone. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to panelists, sponsors, and other attendees throughout all events, whether or not officially hosted by NewBoCo.

Be considerate and respectful when asking questions of panelists and speaking to event attendees.
Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert event staff if you notice a dangerous situation, see someone in distress, or have any concerns.

Unacceptable behavior

Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees or panelists at events. Many venues are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations. Harassment includes but is not limited to: offensive verbal comments 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 photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, and inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention. While healthy, participatory discourse is encouraged, we will not tolerate abusive, badgering, or baiting arguments, whether during a session or otherwise.

Consequences of unacceptable behavior

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 event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from an event without warning or refund, and disqualification from attending future NewBoCo Events.

What to do if you are a witness or are subject to unacceptable behavior

If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify NewBoCo Event staff as soon as possible. Event staff can be identified by T-shirts/staff badges onsite. You are also encouraged to contact the NewBoCo Event staff at events@newbo.co. Any report of harassment at one of our events will be addressed immediately and all reports will remain as confidential as possible. NewBoCo Event staff can help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior.

Assumption of risk/release of liability/indemnity

Although we try to create a safe environment at NewBoCo Events, accidents happen. We ask that you do your part to help limit the possibility that you might get injured at a NewBoCo Event. You agree to carefully consider the inherent risks in any activities that you choose to take part in and to take reasonable precautions before you choose to attend or participate at a NewBoCo Event. For example, you should ensure that you are in good physical health before engaging in any physical activity at a NewBoCo Event, and you should always drink responsibly given the risks associated with drunk driving and participating in activities while your judgment is impaired. Second, please note that some of the other NewBoCo Event guests may be less responsible than you, and may themselves create additional risks to you despite their best intentions. In summary, you understand that your attendance and participation at NewBoCo Events is voluntary, and you agree to assume responsibility for any resulting injuries to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law. By the same token, you agree that NewBoCo is not responsible for any injuries you might sustain at Non-NewBoCo Events listed on the Site.

You (for yourself, your heirs, personal representatives, or assigns, and anyone else who might make a claim on your behalf) hereby release, waive, discharge and convent not to sue NewBoCo and its respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, partners, shareholders, members, agents, employees, vendors, sponsors and volunteers from any and all claims, demands, causes of action, damages, losses or expenses (including court costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees) which may arise out of, result from, or relate in any way to your attendance at any NewBoCo Event or Non-NewBoCo Event, except for any gross negligence or willful misconduct on our part.

You further agree to indemnify and hold NewBoCo, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives harmless, including costs, liabilities and legal fees, from any claim or demand made by any third party due to, related to, or connected with your attendance or conduct at any NewBoCo Event or Non-NewBoCo Event.

Photos

NewBoCo and its sponsors and vendors sometimes take photos and videos at NewBoCo Events, and later use them for promotional purposes. By participating or attending any NewBoCo Event, you agree that you may appear in some of these photos and videos, and you authorize their use in this fashion. In addition, if you take any photos or videos of attendees at a NewBoCo Event and provide them to us, you authorize us to use them in the same fashion, and represent that the attendees that appear in your photos and videos have consented to such use. We do not control Non-NewBoCo Events or the people that organize them. It is possible that organizers or attendees of Non-NewBoCo Events will take photos or shoot videos in which you appear and then post them online (including, possibly, on the Site). By RSVP’ing to a Non-NewBoCo event through the Site, you authorize NewBoCo’s use of such media for promotion purposes.

Termination

While we hope not to, we may prohibit your attendance at any NewBoCo Event at any time if you fail to abide by this Code of Conduct, or for any or no reason, without notice or liability of any kind. We reserve the right to cancel any NewBoCo Event at any time, for any reason, and without liability or prejudice.

Unofficial Events

From time to time, members of the NewBoCo community organize their own meet-ups and events. Although NewBoCo representatives sometimes join in the fun, such events are Non-NewBoCo Events and are not sponsored or endorsed by NewBoCo, even when promoted on the Site. All terms and conditions related to Non-NewBoCo Events apply equally to such events. If you organize such an event, you agree not to create the impression that it is sponsored or endorsed by NewBoCo. You agree that you will not represent yourself as an employee, representative, or agent of NewBoCo (unless, of course, you are actually employed by NewBoCo, in which case this Code of Conduct will govern your participation in any NewBoCo Event to the extent such Code of Conduct is not inconsistent with NewBoCo’ standard employment agreements or policies).

Governing Law

The laws of Iowa, without giving effect to its conflicts of law principles, govern all matters arising under and relating to this Code of Conduct, including torts.

Thank you for helping make NewBoCo Events welcoming, friendly events for all.