GET Summit Code of Conduct


The GET Summit is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants at all of our events, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, age, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, national origin, or religion—and not limited to these aspects. Our events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the elections & technology community. They exist to encourage the open exchange of ideas and expression and require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group.

This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all participants of GET Summit. Event organizers will enforce this code and expect cooperation from all GET Summit participants (e.g., speakers, attendees, media, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, staff) to help us promote a safe and enjoyable GET Summit experience for everyone.

All determinations of acceptable and/or unacceptable behavior are at the sole discretion of the event organizer and its representatives. Decisions made by onsite event organizers will be considered final.

Acceptable GET Summit Behavior

Acceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • demonstrating good manners by being considerate, respectful, and courteous to those in attendance;

  • being mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants;

  • refraining from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech; and

  • promptly alerting event organizers if you notice a potentially dangerous situation or someone in distress.

Unacceptable GET Summit Behavior

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct and/or wearing clothing not suitable for a professional work environment (e.g., explicit language or images).

Harassment and unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • offensive verbal comments (e.g., related to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability);

  • inappropriate use of nudity (e.g., sexual or lewd images);

  • deliberate intimidation or stalking;

  • harassing photography or recording;

  • intentional disruption of presentations or other events;

  • inappropriate physical contact (e.g., unwelcome sexual advances, groping, sexual assault);

  • physical, written, verbal or other abuse (e.g., threats, annoyance, pushing, shoving or physical force whatsoever against any person, which in any way creates a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous, or creates anxiety or apprehension in an individual), as determined by the event organizer and its representatives, in their sole discretion;

  • boisterous, lewd or offensive behavior or content (e.g., containing profanity, obscene gestures, or slurs (e.g., racial, religious, gender, ethnic);

  • possession of any item that can be used as a weapon, which may cause danger to others if used inappropriately;

  • possessing alcoholic beverages in areas not specifically designated for the consumption of alcohol;

  • possessing any illegal substance (e.g., narcotics);

  • smoking and vaping- other than in designated areas;

  • assembling for the purpose of, or resulting in, disturbing the peace, or committing any unlawful act or engaging in offensive behavior;

  • failing to obey any rules or regulations of the venue; and/or

  • failing to adhere to GET Summit instruction.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Anyone engaged in unacceptable behavior is subject to expulsion from the GET Summit without warning or refund and/or banishment from future GET Summit and Startup Policy Lab programming.  

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being treated poorly, or have additional concerns, please contact a member of the GET Summit Team at with Subject line "Unacceptable Behavior" and please provide the following information: location and a description of the incident and the best way to communicate with you.

We expect participants to follow this Code of Conduct at any GET Summit venue, any external venue affiliated with GET Summit and/or GET Summit ancillary or social events. The policy may be revised at any time by the GET Summit organizer and is non-negotiable. In the event of an emergency situation, please contact local authorities immediately.

This Code of Conduct is based on policies created by the Ada Initiative.