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Code of Conduct

Our goal is to ensure an enjoyable experience for all who attend. This Code of Conduct applies to all IDC attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, and guests. It pertains to the virtual platforms used during the event for official events as detailed in the main IDC content schedule.

The IDC provides a welcoming environment regardless of gender and expression, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or nationality.


We do not tolerate harassment or inappropriate behavior in any form. Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sexual language and imagery in talks or workshops (unless otherwise approved or is part of the session’s announced subject matter)

  • Sexual language and imagery at parties or on social media

  • Derogatory comments related to gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, or technology choices

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, or harassing of attendees, speakers, or organizers, whether through messaging, comments, images, or recordings

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events


Leave space for dialogue


At IDC, deep listening is our way to interact in inclusive ways. Allow time and space for everyone to share their thoughts during workshops or other small groups. While pauses in conversation can feel uncomfortable or unnatural for some, leaving space allows second-language speakers as well as more introverted and introspective individuals to gather their thoughts.


If connecting virtually, please use video if your connection allows when you do speak, as non-verbal communication can aid in clearer and more inclusive communication between individuals. Please stay on mute unless speaking. 



Network respectfully and support others

Meeting new people is a central part of the IDC experience. As such, many people will be interacting and contacting each other for the first time. Please be respectful of others and do not overstep boundaries. If you see someone you’d like to connect with and you share a mutual connection, consider asking the mutual party to provide the introduction. 




Anyone found to be violating this Code of Conduct is subject to removal from the IDC and its related activities without a refund. Sole discretion to remove an individual resides with the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the conference organizers.




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