Code of Conduct

We invite all sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, attendees, media, and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive event experience for everyone at any event as part of DataFest.

The Data Lab’s mission is to help Scotland maximise value from data and lead the world to a data powered future. We believe that how we do this is equally as important as the mission itself and this is why our culture and values are the heart of everything we do and we ask collaborators to follow these too.

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Expected Behaviour

All event participants are expected to behave in accordance with professional standards, with both the DataFest Code of Conduct as well as their respective employer’s policies governing appropriate workplace behaviour, and applicable laws.

All registrants, guests, volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, DataFest staff, service providers, and others in attendance are to:

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Communicate openly, with civil attitudes, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
  • Obey the rules and policies of the meeting venue, contracted facility, or any other venue where a DataFest associated event may be operating.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Alert event organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • >Wear your badge at all times while at the event or event venues.
  • Learn, create relationships, and have fun.

Unacceptable Behaviour

  • 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 which the event is being held.
  • Harassment includes the use of abusive, offensive or degrading language, sustained disruption of sessions, talks or other events, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, sexual imagery and unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors.
  • Physical, verbal, or written abuse, intimidation, threats, annoyance, stalking, pushing, shoving or use of any physical force whatsoever against any person, which in any way creates a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous, or creates apprehension in a person, as determined by DataFest and The Data Lab and its event management, in their sole discretion.
  • Any boisterous, lewd or offensive behaviour or language, using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct, profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious or ethnic slurs.
  • Any destruction or vandalizing of personal property or event site or materials.
  • Any other illegal activity not already covered above.

Any report of harassment at one of our events will be addressed immediately. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Anyone who witnesses or is subjected to unacceptable behaviour should notify a conference organizer at once.

Reporting Unacceptable Behaviour

Any participant experiencing unacceptable behaviour or having witnessed any such behaviour as defined above should immediately report the incident to a member of The Data Lab, DataFest or organising team onsite at the event. A member of staff will assist the complainant in contacting facility security personnel to ensure they feel safe for the duration of the conference or event.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from issuance of a warning to the offending individual to expulsion from the conference with no refund, depending on the circumstances. Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated whether by an attendee, media, speaker, volunteer, organizer, venue staff, partner, sponsor, or exhibitor. The Data Lab reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future The Data Lab event.