GTC Event Code Of Conduct

Every GTC participant (attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, event venue staff) is required to promote and create  a safe experience for all participants, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, religion, socioeconomic status, politics, technology choices, or any other personal characteristics.

GTC organizers are committed to creating a safe experience and will not tolerate harassment or discrimination of conference participants in any form. We will enforce this code, and expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe and productive environment for everybody. Our staff and volunteers are trained to respond to any issues, you can reach out to them during the event if there is a situation you believe should be addressed. 

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact any member of our conference staff immediately, or email Sheryl Huynh at gtc@nvidia.com. If you'd prefer to remain anonymous or do not require immediate action during the event, you may also file a formal report anonymously through NVIDIA’s third-party confidential hotline. Reports made during the conference will be responded to within 24 hours; those at other times in less than two weeks.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues, conference-related social events, and on our conference digital platforms.

Forms of harassment and discriminatory behavior include but are not limited to:

  •  Bullying
  • Personal attacks or diminutive characterizations
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Sexual language and imagery
  •  Sexist, racist, and exclusionary jokes, and acts that insult or belittle other participants in any way
  • Offensive verbal comments
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking and following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention
  • Unwarranted direct messages
  • Doxing or revealing personal information

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including: warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refunds. barring from participation in future conferences, reporting the incident to the offender’s local institution or funding agencies, or reporting the incident to local law enforcement. A response of "just joking" will not be accepted; behavior can be harassing without an intent to offend. If action is taken, an appeals process will be made available.

Conference staff will help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

A note to sponsors: Sponsors should not use images, activities, or other materials that are of a sexual, racial, or otherwise offensive nature. Sponsor representatives and staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes or otherwise create a sexualized environment. This code applies both to official sponsors as well as any organization that uses the conference name as branding as part of its activities at or around the conference).

Also: Read the GTC Inclusion statement.

This code of conduct has been developed with guidance from the Geek Feminism wiki and other organizations. Updated: April 2020.