Rules and Expectations

Code of Conduct

We believe there's value to hearing different points of view. The Design Summit is a place for thought-provoking conversations, but we can't have those conversations unless everyone feels safe and respected.

We're committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for all our attendees, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, disability, medical conditions, religion (or lack thereof), physical appearance, politics, or ideology. Our Code of Conduct provides a clear set of guidelines to everyone in the Design Summit community about the standards to which we hold you — and ourselves.


Above all, we ask that all attendees, speakers, sponsors, and other guests behave respectfully. Be nice to everyone you meet and do not insult or put down other attendees. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes or comments are never tolerated at Design Summit, at satellite events, on the event app, or on social media or other online platforms.

Harassment includes (but is not limited to): comments using demeaning, derogatory, or discriminatory language; comments intended to cause offense or harm to other members of the community; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing, photographing, or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

If you're asked by anyone — Vectorworks employee or another attendee — to stop your behavior, you're expected to do so immediately and respectfully.

Keep It Professional

Respecting your fellow attendees includes interacting with them in humane and collaborative ways. When interacting with your peers, remember that people came to Design Summit to hear from Vectorworks — not necessarily from you. It's important to be nice to everyone that you encounter, and also to their inboxes.

Of course, we encourage helpful and genuine interaction and connection between attendees. However, scraping emails, blasting people with unsolicited pitches, or spamming your fellow attendees is not acceptable, including in the event app. Unsolicited offers, overhyping third-party services, and all other forms of unauthorized commercial activity are prohibited.

See Somethng,
Say Something

We believe peer-to-peer discussion, feedback, and corrections can help build a stronger, safer, and more welcoming community.

If you see someone being disrespectful, and you feel safe and comfortable doing so, you are encouraged to respectfully discourage them from continuing this behavior. If you do not feel safe, comfortable, or otherwise able to respond and resolve it respectfully, please let a Vectorworks staff member know immediately. We want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or inappropriate. We will listen and work to resolve the matter.

If you catch yourself behaving disrespectfully, or if someone else expresses discomfort to you, own up to your words and actions and apologize. We all make mistakes, and we must handle them well and avoid continuing the action in the future.

Getting Help

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event staff immediately. You can also email and we'll respond promptly.

We will be happy to help participants contact venue/event security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

Abuse Policy

Vectorworks reserves the right to ask any individuals that do not abide by these guidelines to leave the conference without a refund. Your name will be flagged for future conferences and you may be banned from registering for future Vectorworks events.

Minor Abuses

For minor abuses, such as solicitation, posting contact information, or being insensitive to other users, we abide by a 3-strike policy.

First offense: A staff member will privately reach out to you. If the issue was a post within the app, the post will be removed.

Second offense: Your name will be recorded in our systems as having committed 2 offenses and you will be issued a second warning. If the issue was a post within the app, the post will be removed.

Third offense: You will be asked to leave the conference and will not receive a refund. Your name will be flagged for future conferences and you may be banned from registering for future Vectorworks events.

Severe Abuses

Severe abuses such as harassment or discriminatory language will result in your immediate removal from the Design Summit without the option of a refund. Within the app, libel or posts that upload malicious files will be removed without warning and may be reviewed by Vectorworks’ legal counsel. The contributor will lose access to the app and will be notified by a staff member and, if proven necessary, our legal team.