Code of Conduct

Competitors may contact organizers at any time during the conference via text, Twitter DM, or phone. Competition staff phone numbers and Twitter handles will be posted online and available at the registration table.

Code of Conduct

Starter Island is a 5-day competition held throughout the Islands of The Bahamas where teams of local and international entrepreneurs build their startups while exploring The Bahamas.

We value the participation of each member of the creative and entrepreneurial community and want all participants to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all participants are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether officially sponsored by Starter Island or not.

To make clear what is expected, all delegates, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers at the Starter Island event are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

The Short Version

Starter Island is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or choice of text editor. We do not tolerate harassment of competition participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for Starter Island.

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the competition without a refund at the sole discretion of the competition organizers.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

The Longer Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, 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 or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Participants in creative spaces, vendor locations,sponsor or judging roles, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Volunteers should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Contact Information

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the conference organizer – Travis Miller.

Competition staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

Attribution

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers. It is used under the terms of the Creative Commons Zero license.