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Let's get the ground rules out of the way.

We’re so excited to have you here, celebrating all the goodness that DesignShed has to offer.

DesignShed is committed to providing a safe, and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We have a zero tolerance harassment policy that applies to all attendees, volunteers, sponsors, hosts and presenters.

Harassment*, generally defined as any behavior that alarms or threatens another person or group, or any behavior that causes excessive discomfort to other people, or breaks any applicable law, is not tolerated. Anyone violating this policy will be removed from DesignShed and not allowed back to any events.

You can report any behavior directly to MDW organizers, by emailing, or calling (973) 744-2544, anytime during the week. Someone from the DesignShed team will respond as soon as possible. If you are at an event when an incident occurs, you can locate a volunteer (wearing a DesignShed/MDW name badge), who will then contact a DesignShed representative to follow up on the incident.

We appreciate your help in making this a safe environment for everyone.

*Note: harassment may include but is not limited, to the following:

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.

  • Discriminatory jokes and language.

  • Posting sexually explicit material.

  • Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifying information ("doxing").

  • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.

  • Unwelcome sexual attention.

  • Repeated harassment of others.

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following.

  • Harassing photography or recording.

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.

  • Inappropriate physical contact.

  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an DesignShed representative immediately. DesignShed representatives can be identified as they'll be wearing branded DesignShed/MDW t-shirts or buttons.

DesignShed representatives will help all participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event(s). We value your attendance.

Credits for the sources and inspiration of this code of conduct go to Public Lab, Austin Design Week, Vancouver Design Week and many others.

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