IoT World’s Pledge to Promote Diversity and Inclusion in 2020 & Beyond
IoT World is, and always has been, committed to bringing the entire IoT ecosystem together and driving innovation to the heart of enterprise. Meaning, our content is dedicated to breaking down technical challenges that limit business growth. Yet often there are wider challenges beyond technical adversity that everyone in this sector is seeking to solve together. These challenges are recognizable as long term, systemic and a key component of the industry’s future development.
We have a responsibility to ensure that the platform we are creating is inclusive and accessible. We want everyone to feel welcome at IoT World, to learn and understand the importance of innovation, to engage with technology as an enabler of positive change, to build a better functioning and more inclusive world, rather than exacerbate exclusion. Addressing these challenges will ultimately make IoT more successful, sustainable and secure in the long run.
We have two key areas of focus
Our first focus is for our events to inspire inclusive and sustainable development in the markets we serve – This is how we inspire our attendees, exhibitors and event teams to deliver an inclusive and sustainable event.
Our second focus is to run our events in a socially responsible manner - This requires us to think about the impact that running our event has on the attendees and the industries we represent. It is also how we consider the welfare of all at our event, how we ensure we do business in an ethical and safe manner, as well as how we enhance equality, diversity and accessibility.
We will do this by pledging to seven key aims:
- Engage internal stakeholders to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront of their roles. This includes having a speaker proposal system that is both relevant and open to everyone and balancing our speaker outreach to ensure a diverse faculty. We also have a dedicated commitment to panels that are a representative of society and industry in which we live and work.
- Work with external stakeholders to incorporate diversity and inclusion in partnership execution. This includes working with sponsors to ensure speakers are diverse and the exhibition remains as accessible and environmentally-friendly as possible.
- Commitment to an accessible venue and exhibition space
- Build dedicated external partnerships to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the conference planning and execution process
- Ensuring focused content promoting the well being and diversity of the industry spanning from entry level to leadership
- Abide by an anti-harassment policy on site, shared with all staff, exhibitors and available on our website for all attendees to view
While we understand that it is our responsibility to curate a diverse and inclusive environment, it requires support from all who are engaged with IoT World to make it happen.
Commitment to diversity and inclusion also needs to be a continuous process, and not just during the event. We will do this through the key factors of implementation below:
- Understand what diversity and inclusion means
- Identify areas of focus at the event
- Implement continual improvement
- Promote best practice
- Reviewing how we can improve
IoT World is committed to making the future of tech an inclusive one. If you have any questions please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I hope you will join us in taking this pledge.
IoT World Code of Conduct
Internet of Things world is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference [without a refund] at the discretion of the conference organizers.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
- Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination [related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion,
- Sexual images in public spaces
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
- Harassing photography or recording
- Sustained disruption of talks or other events
- Inappropriate physical contact
- Unwelcome sexual attention
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference [with no refund].
Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.
We expect participants to follow these rules while in the event platform and during event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to conference staff. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.
When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened.
Our team will be happy to help you. We value your attendance.
This statement has been adapted from geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment/Policy and Informa’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy