The Current Silicon Valley sexual ASSAULT shit storm Prompts me to ask several rhetorical questions about work places and events such as technology conferences.
I have to ask:
- Would I badge or allow anyone to speak who has admitted to or been convicted of sexual assault?
- As a conference producer do I have a responsibility to do basic background checks on someone alleged to have committed a sexual assault?
- How do i find out from my legal department if my banning someone from attending or presenting at my conference constitutes restraint of trade?
- Do I make sure bartenders understand their legal responsibility to deny alcohol service to anyone who has over consumed.
- Is it time to develop a code of conduct for conferences. And link signed conduct agreements to badges? Violate the terms of the code and get escorted off premises.
- It’s time to establish and enforce codes of conduct for conferences.
- One of the most important things any conference organizer has to do is create a safe environment for attendees.Not to do this is to invite catastrophe. If this means some industry luminaries could be excluded, so be it., It’s more important to me to provide the best experience I Can for attendees who have spent thousands of dollars to attend an event than it is to provide a sounding board for individuals who may be suspect, or whose content lacks value to my audience.--jim Forbes October 25, 2017.
About me: . I produced the Demo Mobile conference and worked with Chris Shipley on Demo. I was a senior editor at Infoworld, PC Week and also worked at MacWeek,Windows Magazine and was a correspndent at Mcgraw Hill’s Worldnews division in Silicon Valley I am a 1973 CalPoly Pomona graduate , was a USMC NCO who served at Khe Sanh during its multi month siege by the North Vietnamese Army. i live in avocado infested Escondido, have two dogs and a cat that gets ProZac daily.