AgileGovCon 2017 – Participant Guide / Code of Conduct 2017-05-31T19:41:28+00:00

AgileGovCon Participant Guide

AgileGovCon was created with the goal of full participation – here’s how to engage with questions, comments, and ideas throughout the conference.

Session Room

Lightning talks and panel discussions by speakers. Opens 10a PT/ 1p ET on June 1.

Join session room

Networking

Virtual Networking Room

Informal video chat with other attendees. Opens 10a PT/ 1p ET on June 1.

Join networking room

Slack (#agile-gov-con)

Questions, comments, and conversation – open now! Need an invite? Sign up here.

Chat in Slack

FAQs

Why can’t I type a question or comment in the chat during a speaker’s talk?
The chat area in the session room will be used for important links and announcements to help guide participants through the conference. When you join the session room, click the chat icon in the upper left so you can see the messages we post! As a viewer, you are muted and cannot post your own comments in the chat. All conversation will be happening in Slack, the Virtual Networking Room, and the Q&A rooms.

Will there be a chance for Q&A with speakers?
Speakers will be available after their talks for short Q&A discussions in separate video chats – those links will be given during the speaker’s talk. 

Can I listen to talks in the session room while I am also in the Virtual Networking Room or a speaker Q&A room?
You can use a separate device to run one of the rooms if you wish to be in both places at once. But we’ll also be recording the talks and panels so you can listen later.

What’s the difference between the Virtual Networking Room and a speaker Q&A room?
Think of it like a “real” on-site conference. The Q&A rooms are like walking up to a speaker after their talk to ask a question or make a comment, while the Virtual Networking Room is a place to have “hallway conversations” with other attendees. Speakers might be there too, but it’s mainly for discussion, networking, and side discussions.

I’m having trouble accessing AgileGovLeaders on Slack. What’s wrong?
First make sure you have signed up for the AGL Slack team using this link:

https://agile-gov-leaders.herokuapp.com/

If it says you have already been invited, you may need to check your inbox (spam folders, etc.) for the notification. You also may need to create a free Slack account if you haven’t used Slack before.

Still need help?
Contact us at [email protected]

Code of Conduct

AgileGovCon brings together a diverse community of public servants, contractor professionals, and agile thought leaders from across the globe who are committed to helping government more effectively serve its citizens.

Building a Community
Redefining the culture of local, state, and federal public sector service delivery across all aspects of government requires a strong community. And building a strong community requires openness, tolerance, and respect for the vast diversity of culture, opinion, and backgrounds of its constituents. The purpose of this guide is to raise awareness about the standards of behavior expected of conference participants that will ensure the building of a strong community.

We are considerate.
This conference draws people from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, professional, and religious backgrounds. We acknowledge that cross-cultural communication can often be complicated. Consider the impact your words and actions may have on those with different backgrounds and experiences from yours. Similarly, recognize the honest intentions of those who may have unknowingly caused offense to you, and be gracious.

We are welcoming.
All attendees should be made to feel welcome and valued. Presenters, participants, and volunteers should strive to create an atmosphere of inclusion for everyone – even when opinions differ.

We are respectful.
Volunteers, presenters, attendees, and other participants should strive to treat all people with dignity and respect, regardless of culture, religion, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or identity.

We are collaborative.
We are all in the same boat and all part of the same team. If and when misunderstandings occur, we encourage people to work things out between themselves whenever possible. Everyone is encouraged to take responsibility for their words and actions and listen to constructively-presented criticism with an open mind, courtesy, and respect.

When we disagree, we consult others.
Disagreement is normal and healthy. However, in the event that people are unable to work out issues between themselves, they are encouraged to seek the advice of a mutually trusted third party or a designated moderator to help mediate. Send a direct message to a channel moderator if any advice is needed!

We ask for help when we need it.
We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. If you feel threatened or violated as a result of intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning conduct or words, please immediately notify a conference staff member or channel moderator. Likewise, please immediately notify a staff member or moderator if you notice that someone else is being subjected to such behavior.

Feeling safe is one of the key factors in empowering teams to be greater than their individual parts. That’s why it is important for all conference participants to feel safe for the duration of the conference. If necessary, conference staff are empowered to take appropriate actions that may include, but are not limited to, warnings, expulsion from the conference, and/or referrals to law enforcement.

We are all in this together.
Thank you for contributing to the spirit of inclusiveness, respect, and learning that makes this an awesome conference experience for everyone and helps our agile government community grow stronger!