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Event code of conduct

To give all participants the opportunity to benefit from ISTE events and activities, ISTE is committed to providing a friendly, safe, supportive and harassment-free environment for all conference attendees and participants, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion or other group identity.

This code of conduct outlines the ISTE expectations for all event attendees and participants, including all members, speakers, vendors, media representatives, commentators, exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers. Cooperation is expected from everyone, and organizers will actively enforce this code throughout this event. Violations are taken seriously.

Expected behavior

ISTE expects event attendees and participants to communicate professionally and constructively, whether in person or virtually, handling dissent or disagreement with courtesy, dignity and an open mind, being respectful when providing feedback, and being open to alternate points of view. Likewise, ISTE expects that any sharing of information about the organization or any event attendees or participants via public communication channels be shared responsibly and in a way that clearly distinguishes individual opinion from fact.

Unacceptable behavior

ISTE does not tolerate harassment of event attendees or participants in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments and negative behavior, either in real or virtual spaces, including those that are related to or are based upon gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion or other group identity. Harassment also includes display of sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention.

Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any ISTE event venue, including talks, workshops, social gatherings and within social media channels. Sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, media representatives, commentators and activity organizers may not use sexualized language, images, activities or other material, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

Consequences of unacceptable behavior

If an attendee or participant, in either real or virtual space, engages in inappropriate, harassing, abusive or destructive behavior or language, event organizers will determine and carry out the appropriate course of action, including warning the offender, expulsion from the event without a refund and/or banning the offender from future ISTE events and activities. All participants are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all event venues, including online venues and conference social events. Conference participants seek to learn, network and enjoy themselves in the process, free from any type of harassment. Please participate responsibly and with respect for the rights of others.

What to do

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed or have any other concerns about an individual's conduct, please follow the incident reporting procedures below.

To report a non-emergency incident or problem, please file a written complaint with the . The board will evaluate the concern and take one or more of the following actions, depending on the findings:

  • Contact the complainant and/or the offending person directly for further explanation.
  • Convene the ISTE Board of Directors for handling according to the ISTE Member Code of Conduct incident procedures.
  • Revoke the offending person's registration and/or membership with no refund.

Share the grid

ISTE invests tremendously in the onsite internet and power services and our goal is to provide a positive experience for everyone at our event. You can help by being mindful of your bandwidth usage and avoiding large downloads or streaming while onsite.

Don't lose your seat

Preregistration is required for premium content, BYOD and BYODex sessions, special events and select hosted activities. Seats not filled five minutes before the scheduled start time will be released to those waiting in the stand-by line on a first-come basis. For special events that required an additional fee, sold seats that are not filled will be released 15 minutes after the start time.

Room capacity

Standing or sitting in aisles of session rooms is not permitted. All rooms are set to the maximum number of attendees allowed per the fire marshal.

Age restriction

For the safety of children, no person under the age of 18 will be allowed on the exhibit hall floor at any time during move-in and move-out hours. During all active operating hours of the ISTE Conference & Expo, no one under 16 years of age will be permitted to attend sessions or visit the expo unless that person is either a student presenter or a registered attendee having purchased a registration, in either case accompanied by an adult chaperone. Strollers or infant carriers (worn or carried) are not permitted at any time in the expo hall or conference sessions. These policies are strictly enforced, apply to all exhibitors and attendees, and are without exception. ISTE reserves the right to request proof of age from anyone at any time.

This policy is in effect to address safety/liability concerns as well as to ensure the ISTE event is an exceptional professional development and learning opportunity for its attendees and participants who have a vested interest in the content and learning taking place. Additionally, as sessions are frequently at capacity, this policy helps ensure that paid attendees have access to event content to the fullest extent possible.

Child care resources

For attendees who need child care while at ISTE19, we’ve gathered suggestions for local Philadelphia resources. Additionally, the convention center will have designated private nursing pods available.

Video and studio recording

Video and studio recording, including streaming of sessions for commercial use, is strictly prohibited. Recordings for noncommercial use are allowed with the permission of the presenter as indicated in the program listing for each session. Any recording should respect the presenter's rights and not be disruptive.

Video and photo consent

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, ISTE event meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement that allows ISTE to use and distribute the registrant's, attendee's and/or participant's image, name or voice in photographs, videos, websites, social media and/or print and digital collateral. If you have questions about this policy, please visit the info booth.

Smart badges

ISTE offers attendees smart badges. Attendees who wear a smart badge will receive a customized “ISTE19 Journey” report shortly after the conference. The journey report will include a listing of all the sessions you attended and links to any digital resources the session offered. The badges will provide ISTE with information on session attendance and traffic flow in the expo hall and other open spaces, including playgrounds and poster sessions. Visit our smart badge FAQ for more info.

Badge scanning by sponsors and exhibitors

Sponsors and exhibitors may request to scan your conference badge; participation is optional. If you allow a sponsor or exhibitor to scan your badge, you're giving consent for your personal data to be shared with them. The sponsor or exhibitor may use this data to contact you after the conference or for other purposes that you agree to. ISTE uses a third-party supplier for badge fulfillment and lead scanning services. The supplier will transfer attendee personal data to the sponsor or exhibitor in compliance with applicable data protection laws.

Legal notice

The ISTE event website host is the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The website is governed by the same rules and definitions as the main ISTE website — see ISTE's Legal Notice for details.

This Code of Conduct is regularly reviewed and revised by the ISTE Board of Directors.

Privacy policy

ISTE uses a display advertising partner to collect visitor data on our site and then serve targeted display ads to you on other sites. The techniques our partners employ do not collect personal information, such as your name, email address, postal address or telephone number. Our partners use technology, such as cookies and web beacons, to collect this data. For more information or to opt-out of this type of advertising, please visit AdRoll's privacy policy.

Feedback on ISTE policies can be submitted to .