DC Blockchain Summit Code of Conduct

The Chamber of Digital Commerce (the “Chamber”) is committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity.  It upholds these values within its own workplace and when it engages with third parties. The Chamber expects that guests at its events will abide by the same standards.  To that end, the Chamber intends for the DC Blockchain Summit (the “Summit”) to be a safe and welcoming environment that fosters open dialogue and the free expression of ideas, free of harassment, discrimination, and hostile conduct.  Further, the Chamber recognizes its shared responsibility to create and maintain that environment for the benefit of all.  This Code of Conduct is provided to ensure that such an environment exists at the Summit, thereby providing all attendees the opportunity to be respected and have an enjoyable experience.

  1. Applicability

This Code of Conduct applies to all attendees, participants, speakers, sponsors, guests, volunteers, contractors, and any other individuals that may be in attendance at the Summit (“Attendees”).

  1. Attendance at the Summit

Attendance at the Summit is conditioned on an Attendee’s compliance with the Code of Conduct.  Any failure to abide by the Code of Conduct can result in the Attendee’s expulsion from the Summit.  Engaging in prohibited activity may also result in other consequences for the Attendee or the Attendee’s organization, as detailed in Section 10.

  1. Expectations

Attendees to the Summit should behave at all Summit events in a manner that reflects the Chamber’s values of respect and inclusion. The following guidelines outline the Chamber’s expectations for all Attendees:

  • Respect the personal space of fellow Attendees and employ common courtesies in personal interactions.
  • Behave in a professional manner.
  • Be considerate of other Attendees and in your presence and communications.
  • Promote and encourage the highest level of integrity in the digital commerce industry.
  • Conduct business in an honorable, fair, and legal manner to uphold the integrity and ethical standards of the Chamber.
  • Be respectful of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business community, as we are guests on their campus.
  1. Anti-Harassment

The Summit is a harassment-free event.  Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, and religion. It also includes the displaying of sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking or unwanted following, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Attendees are also prohibited from heckling speakers or publicizing disparaging remarks against other Attendees while at the Summit.

Any Attendee who is deemed to have violated the terms of this provision will be expelled from the Summit, at the sole discretion of the Chamber.

  1. Respect for Personal Safety and Property

The Chamber further expects that Attendees will refrain from engaging in conduct or activity that causes damage to private or communal property, or that creates an unreasonable risk that such damage might occur.  Further, Attendees will refrain from engaging in conduct that creates a threat or risk to the personal safety of others.

  1. Weapons Policy

No weapons will be allowed at the Summit. Weapons include but are not limited to guns, explosives (including fireworks), and large knives such as those used for hunting or display, as well as any other item used for the purpose of causing injury or harm to others. Anyone seen in possession of one of these items will be expelled from the Summit.

  1. Compliance with Laws

Attendees are expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws while in attendance at the Summit.

  1. Reporting

Promptly report any behavior that makes you or others feel uncomfortable to the nearest Chamber representative.  Attendees can use info@digitalchamber.org to report incidents to the Chamber and event staff.

  1. Breach and Consequences

Violating any of the terms of this Code of Conduct may result in the Attendee’s expulsion from specific events at the Summit or from the Summit entirely, at the Chamber’s sole discretion.  Further, depending on the nature of the activity leading to breach or violation, the Chamber (at is sole discretion) may choose to take any of the following actions:

  • Prohibit the Attendee from attending future Summits;
  • Prohibit the Attendee from participating in Chamber-hosted or -led functions; and
  • Revoke the membership of the organization with which the offending Attendee is associated.

Attendees or their sponsor organizations will not be entitled to any refund if the Attendee is removed pursuant to the terms of this Code of Conduct.  The Chamber reserves the right to take any and all other appropriate action, to the extent permitted by law, in response to the misbehavior of any Attendee.

  1. Media

Attendees understand that any event at the Summit may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded and memorialized, and Attendees hereby grant the Chamber the right to use or refrain from using the name and/or likeness or any Attendee in marketing, media, and promotional materials, for commercial purposes or otherwise.  The rights granted herein also include, but are not limited to, the right to promote the Chamber and any of its associated initiatives with use of information collected during the conference, such as the names, voice recordings, photographs, likenesses, biographical data, and submitted information of any Attendee. Attendees agree that the Chamber may designate or sublicense the rights herein to distribute any such recordings and that the Chamber’s designees will have the same rights granted to the Chamber under this provision.