AKA "be a good human policy"

Empire Startups exists to support the development of the FinTech ecosystem. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment that reflects and values the diversity of people and culture, which we believe leads to better companies. 

We want this to be a fun, pleasant, and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, race, or religion.

1. Be Respectful. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, appearance, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcomed sexual attention.

If you witness or experience any kind of this behavior, please contact a member of the conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.

2. Be Responsible. We are responsible with controlled substances. If consuming alcohol, we do so responsibly and in moderation. Alcohol is never provided to minors. We do not drive under the influence of any legal or illegal drug. We do not distribute, use, or operate under the influence of illegal drugs (defined by local or federal law) while participating or engaging in any Empire Startups’  event.

We also abide by all local and federal laws. We do not do business with bad actors. We honor international sanctions. We are careful to do business only with lawful parties.

3. Act With Integrity. We encourage and respect independent, innovating thinking. We do not steal assets or content. Do not share any confidential or sensitive information that has not been authorized for public disclosure. We do not plagiarize content from anyone.

We expect attendees and participants to follow these rules at our conference and any conference-related events. Be mindful of the impact of your actions on others, and take responsibility for your own behavior. 

Participants who are asked to stop engaging in any behavior outlined above are expected to comply immediately, or risk expulsion from the conference. 

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