The Product Summit Code Of Conduct

The Product Summit Oakland takes place on October 9, 2015 during National Bullying Prevention Month.

What is National Bullying Prevention Month?

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

Recent studies found that:

•18% of students in grades 6-8 said they had been cyberbullied at least once in the last couple of months; and 6% said it had happened to them 2 or more times.
•11% of students in grades 6-8 said they had cyberbullied another person at least once in the last couple of months, and 2% said they had done it two or more times.
•19% of regular Internet users between the ages of 10 and 17 reported being involved in online aggression; 15% had been aggressors, and 7% had been targets (3% were both aggressors and targets)
•17% of 6-11 year-olds and 36% of 12-17-year-olds reported that someone said threatening or embarrassing things about them through email, instant messages, web sites, chat rooms, or text messages.
•Cyberbullying has increased in recent years. In nationally representative surveys of 10-17 year-olds, twice as many children and youth indicated that they had been victims and perpetrators of online harassment.

NO MATTER™ who you are, what you look like, your sexual orientation, your race, your beliefs … we are ALL the same, we are ALL people, NO MATTER™!

What does Bullying Prevention have to do with The Product Summit Oakland: Transforming Ideas Into Products?

The Product Summit is a conference that creates community as an outgrowth of the movement for product excellence. The number one value that defines an excellent product is respect for human dignity.

What is The Product Summit Code Of Conduct?

The Product Summit conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Why Does The Product Summit Need A Code Of Conduct?

The Product Summit is produced by a woman and has from the start attracted a high percentage of women attendees and women speakers, so why the need for the Code of Conduct?

Because documenting the code helps guarantee safety, inclusiveness, respect and dignity for everyone attending, speaking, sponsoring, volunteering.

The Code of Conduct exists to

  • set expectations for appropriate behavior,
  • to encourage calling attention to any experience or behavior that violates the code,
  • to guarantee that everyone participating has equal access to the most value possible from attending,
  • to call attention to the issues that are uncomfortable to language,
  • to encourage empathy, and
  • to support recognition of respectful behavior that can be carried forward to other environments and interactions.

Why is Diversity An Issue At The Product Summit?

Julie Pagano‘s lightning talk on the Intersectionality of tech @pghrb

“Diversity leads to better teams, better decision outcomes, better performance, increased creativity, increased innovation, i.e. excellent results and better product outcomes!”

Read The Product Summit Code of Conduct

Join us at The Product Summit Oakland!
The focus of The Product Summit Oakland is “Transforming Ideas Into Products.” It takes place on Friday, October 9, 2015. It is followed by an Afterparty at Tech Liminal, Oakland’s original technology hot spot, tech education salon and coworking space at 555 12th Street.

October 9, 2015 [9:00] AM – [5:00] PM
Oakland City Center Conference Paramount Room
500 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Sponsor The Product Summit
Twitter: @productsummit
Email: [email protected]

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