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COVID & Code of Conduct​

The core of our Code of Conduct is “Be Excellent to Each Other”.


We will remove anyone from the event who is not in compliance with our Code of Conduct, including our health regulations.


Like many of you, we are concerned about the global impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  We continue to watch the situation of the growing variants and impact as we seem to be seeing a resurgence of cases.  We will continue to plan for an in-person event, but the following is what you need to know about your participation in the 2021 BSidesSLC event.

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, the other guests, event volunteers, and organizers.

You must follow all posted instructions while attending the BSidesSLC event. 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to  the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By participating with the BSidesSLC you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree to follow all health and safety measures implemented by BSidesSLC organizers, the venue housing the BSidesSLC event, and any relevant governments and authorities.

Help keep each other healthy. 

I. Face Mask is REQUIRED

BSidesSLC 2021 will have a face-mask requirement for all attendees, presenters, staff, volunteers, and others participating in the event. Face masks that are appropriate for the conference must cover the nose and mouth at all times. BSidesSLC will provide disposable face-masks for those who forget to bring or otherwise need one.

I. A. Face Mask Exceptions

The following are the only exceptions to full-time mask-wearing:

I. A. 1. Presenters / Speakers / Trainers:

A presenter or speaker may choose to remove their mask while actively presenting at BSidesSLC when they are both: 1. The only individual on the stage/platform and 2. Can maintain the appropriate social distance from others. When two or more individuals are delivering a presentation together (co-presenting, panel, etc.) and cannot maintain proper social distance from each other, all individuals involved must wear a mask accordingly.

I. A. 2. Meals:

We have been working with the venue to provide enough tables in our conference rooms and other spaces to allow adequate social distancing while eating. Individuals may remove masks while seated and eating in these areas during the conference. The venue will wipe down tables and other surfaces before and after meals.

II. Proof of Vaccination, Antibodies, or Negative is REQUIRED

We strongly encourage you to protect yourself by getting an FDA approved vaccine. We strongly encourage you to protect yourself while attending this event by getting fully vaccinated in advanced of the event. Prevailing scientific and medical advice indicates that the COVID vaccine is safe and effective.

II. A. Proof of Vaccination

BSidesSLC 2021 will require that all participants certify that they have received the vaccine or tested positive for antibodies as a requirement to attend the event. CDC vaccination cards, either physical or electronic (state Docket App), will be checked and compared to the individual’s Photo ID to validate this requirement. Antibody paperwork with your name and date of test within the past 80 days will also be acceptable. Afterward, a wristband will be issued to the individual and placed on their arm. Each participant should safeguard the wristband so that it will last the entire week. The wristband will remove any need for further checks on entry.

II. B. Vaccine Card Exceptions


The following are the only exceptions to not providing proof of vaccination:

II. B. 1. Negative COVID-19 Test Results (No Longer Than 72 Hours Prior To The Event)

If you have a lab report showing a negative test for COVID-19 which was taken less than 72 Hours prior to the event.  To be valid, these results must be from a reputable lab, have your name printed, and be dated < 72 hours prior to Dec 3rd. We will NOT accept over-the-counter test results or testing items as proof.  Please do not bring these items to BSidesSLC.


II. B. 2. Antibody Test Results

Positive tests for antibodies will be accepted if they are from a reputable lab, have your name on them, and indicate a positive test within the last 80 days prior to the conference.

Code of Conduct

The core of our Code of Conduct is “Be Excellent to Each Other”. We will remove anyone from the event who is not in compliance with our Code of Conduct.


We expect all participants to support our Code of Conduct. Everyone at the event is a participant, including but not limited to sponsors, speakers, event organizers, staff, and volunteers. We assume that the majority of people are intelligent and intended to do well, but this event will be a safe and productive environment for everyone. To that end, we will spell out the behaviors and/or actions we support and do not support at the event.


We invite you to help us make the BSidesSLC event a place that is welcoming and respectful to all participants, regardless of race, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, national origin, ethnicity, political affiliation, or religion. We desire for everyone to be able to focus on the event, network with other participants, and build up of our community, hence we will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form or fashion, including but not limited to online or in person.


We have no tolerance for physical, verbal, sexual harassment or offensive behavior of any kind.


Examples of harassment include:

  • sexualized images in public spaces,

  • verbal threats or demands, offensive comments,

  • intimidation, stalking, slights and negative messages,

  • harassing photography, harassing recording,

  • unwelcome physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and/or

  • sustained disruption of sessions or events.

  • Harassment also includes both intentional and unintended offenses.


Our code of conduct extends to conference-related social events at off-site locations, and in related online communities and social media.

If you are not sure, ask, or err on the side of basic decency and common courtesy.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Conference participants violating this Code of

Conduct will be expelled from the event without a refund, and/or banned from future events, at the discretion of the BSidesSLC staff.


Please bring any concerns to the immediate attention of the event staff. You may also email with any concerns. We thank our participants for your help in keeping the event welcoming, respectful, and friendly to all.


*Staff reserves the right to determine what constitutes compliance with this Code of Conduct.

*Staff reserves the right to remove anyone from the event for any reason without a refund.

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