Diversity & Inclusion
To encourage and increase the participation of a diverse community, we are pleased to offer diversity scholarships and discounts, to our conferences.
Diversity Scholarships – Learn more about the qualifications and process, applications are accepted through July 6.
We will be providing a private lactation room at this year’s event to aid in the comfort and accessibility for our nursing attendees. The room will be available all days of the event and will be located onsite in the venue. For location information, please check with any registration staff onsite.
We are offering complimentary child care onsite for all attendees this year. Please visit our Child Care page for details. Pre-registration for these services required by September 28, 2018.
All attendees may feel free to use the Quiet Room as needed. It is a physical space where conversation and interaction is not allowed, where attendees can go if for any reason they can’t interact with other attendees at that time. Location to be confirmed.
At Registration, attendees can pick up communication stickers to add to their badges. Communication stickers indicate an attendee’s requested level of interaction for both other attendees and press (including photographers and videographers). Green = open to communicate; Yellow = only if you know me please; Red = I’m not interested in communicating.
Please be respectful of attendee communication preferences.
First Aid/Medical Assistance
If you require first aid or medical assistance, please visit our Registration Desk in the West Foyer on Level 1 or Dial 7500 from any Vancouver Convention Centre house phone, or alert any Vancouver Convention Centre staff of the need for emergency first aid. Calls can be made from an outside line or cell phone by dialling 604 647 7500. The closest 24-hour emergency room to the Vancouver Convention Centre is St. Paul’s Hospital, Burrard Building, 1081 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6 Phone: 604-682-2344
The Vancouver Convention Centre is wheelchair accessible. If you need any assistance locating an elevator, or have other questions about accessibility onsite, please speak to a member of the convention centre staff, JS Interactive event staff, recognizable by their Event Staff badges, or visit the Registration Desk located in the West Foyer on Level 1.
We will designate specific restrooms within the venue as Non-Binary Restrooms for attendees who feel more comfortable using those facilities.
Contact Information/Harassment Reports
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified by staff badges onsite, and can be found at the event registration counter at any time. Our staff has had incident response training and responds to harassment reports and does so in accordance with the process recommended by the Ada Initiative, which can be found here on the Geek Feminism Wiki.
You may also reach out to the following individuals:
Director of Event Services, The Linux Foundation
cmickey (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org
Event Manager, JS Interactive
ltaback (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org
Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.
If you are planning to attend an upcoming event, and have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please contact Colleen Mickey at cmickey (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org. Precautions will be taken to ensure a victim’s comfort and safety, including, but not limited to providing an escort, prepping onsite staff, keeping victim and harasser from attending the same talks/social events and providing onsite contact cell phone numbers for immediate contact.
Vancouver Police Department
Anonymous Tip Line 1-800-222-8477
2120 Cambie St.
St. Paul’s Hospital
Burrard Building, 1081 Burrard Street
Contact Us With Ideas
If you have ideas on how we can create a more inclusive event, please do not hesitate to let us know. Contact Colleen Mickey, Director of Event Services, cmickey (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org or Lara Taback, Event Manager, ltaback (at) linuxfoundation (dot) org