Rules, Guidelines & Policies

All rules & guidelines are subject to change without notice.

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Inclusion and Anti-Harassment Policy

We do not tolerate harassment of any kind during Founded in FoCo events.

Harassment includes verbal, written, or physical conduct and any actions (directly or indirectly) that are unwelcome and are intimidating, hostile, or offensive in nature.

Prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Slurs, jokes, and/or derogatory comments;
  • Inappropriate nicknames, descriptions and/or labels;
  • Graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body;
  • Sexually degrading words used to describe an individual’s body;
  • Sexual images in public spaces;
  • Deliberate intimidation;
  • Stalking and/or following;
  • Harassing photography or recording;
  • Sustained disruption of panels or other events;
  • Blocking an individual’s movements;
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, and;
  • Unwelcome physical contact.

Such conduct may constitute as harassment even if it is not directed at a particular individual but takes place within someone’s viewing or hearing.

This policy is in effect at the Founded in FoCo event, during venue/sponsor set up/tear down, and at any other events hosted by Founded in FoCo. This policy applies to all attendees, employees, volunteers, sponsors, and presenters.

Complaints of harassment will be taken seriously and appropriate action, up to and including, being expelled from the event without a refund, may be taken.

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. Event staff can be identified by Founded in FoCo t-shirts that say “Volunteer” on the back or with a special name tag, or lanyard. All complaints of harassment will be thoroughly, promptly, and objectively investigated. event staff may request statements from individuals involved, ask for witnesses, or take any other steps necessary to complete a thorough investigation before taking appropriate action.

All event staff are able to help participants contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance and are dedicated to creating a safe and secure event for everyone.

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Accessibility – Everyone is Welcome to Participate

If there’s anything we can do to make it easier for you to participate in Founded in FoCo, please do let us know. We’re committed to supporting diverse members of our community and challenging known and unknown barriers to providing access to the opportunities we offer.

Reach out to us at [email protected] or [email protected]

Tickets & Event Fees

Event Tickets and Fees Policy for Founded in FoCo

Last updated: January 27, 2024

1. Fiscal Sponsorship & Payment Identification

  • Founded in FoCo is fiscally sponsored by Howdy Neighbor Events, a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • When you make a payment for tickets, event fees, or sponsorships, the charge may appear on your statement as Howdy Neighbor Events, our fiscal sponsor.

2. Refund Policy

  • All tickets, event fees, and sponsorships are non-refundable.

3. Ticket Transfer

  • Tickets may be transferred to another person at the sole discretion of the Founded in FoCo Team. Please contact us for transfer requests.

4. Ticket Requirement

  • Tickets are required for all attendees and participants of the event.

5. Limitation on Tickets and Registrations

  • We reserve the right to limit the number of tickets and/or registrations for any single session, event, or the overall event. This is to maximize the experience and participation quality for all attendees.
  • We reserve the right to revoke your ticket and/or participation without a refund at anytime due to violating any of the our policies and rules, or at the discretion of the event organizer.

Rules for Attendees

Attendance at a Founded in FoCo event indicates agreement with the following terms and conditions:

  1. Attendee assumes all risk and danger or personal injury, damage to property, including death, and all other hazards arising from, or related in any way to, the event, caused by negligence, gross negligence, or otherwise, and the attendee releases Founded in FoCo, any and all sponsors, employees, volunteers and its agents from any and all liabilities/claims resulting from such risk, danger, damage, injury or death.
  2. Events and schedules fill on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot and do not guarantee the availability of space in events.
  3. Tickets are non-refundable. They may be transferred to another participant at the sole discretion of the organizers.
  4. Management reserves the right to revoke/refuse admission or to eject any person who fails to comply with the rules of the event, venue, and all applicable laws, without refund.
  5. Attendee consents to the use of their image or likeness by media now known or hereafter devised for advertising, sale and/or other promotional purposes. If you are in attendance at the event, plan on that you might be in a few photos by either event staff or other attendees.
  6. Attendee agrees to not take pictures or video where posted as prohibited.
  7. Please thoroughly read and comply with our Anti-Harassment Policy.
  8. No signs offering services or making requests to be hugged or touched. No other signs of any kind (event staff has the final say).
  9. You must wear shoes and appropriate clothing.
  10. Water bottles are encouraged. Stay hydrated.
  11. Do not cut any lines or violate parking etiquette.
  12. Be kind and respectful to your fellow attendees.
  13. If you or someone near you needs help, alert a Founded in FoCo volunteer right away.
  14. Founded in FoCo is a family-friendly community event. Please watch the swear words.

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Rules for Volunteers

  1. Your actions reflect on Founded in FoCo. If your behavior does not reflect well on our event, you will be ejected from the event.
  2. You must wear your Volunteer Name Tag and/or T-Shirt at all times when volunteering, if applicable.
  3. Nick is your first and last point of contact for any questions, concerns, or comments.
  4. When in doubt, always send your question up the chain. If an attendee feels harassed or threatened, you should report it to the closest STAFF member, call Nick and/or local law enforcement, and escort the attendee to a safe space in the venue (if requested).
  5. If you do not feel safe while performing your volunteer assignment, leave the area immediately and inform Nick and/or local law enforcement.

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Rules for Sponsors

  1. All sponsors must complete a Sponsor Agreement before their sponsorship is finalized.
  2. Founded in FoCo reserves the right to rescind/refund any sponsorship payment for any reason at any time.
  3. Founded in FoCo, employees, volunteers, and sponsors are not responsible for damage incurred to your product or display during the event or load-in, and the staff reserves the right to ask you to remove dangerous or obscene material from your sponsorship area.
  4. All sponsors are responsible for complying with venue policies as well as cleaning up after themselves before, during, and after the event.
  5. Direct sales to Founded in FoCo attendees is strictly forbidden unless the scenario and scope has been approved in advance by Founded in FoCo.

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Rules for Presenters

  1. Session submissions are open approximately 4 months before the date of the Event. All sessions will be selected and presenters notified at least a month before the date of the Event. Founded in FoCo staff makes all final decisions with regards to programming and scheduling, no whining. Space is limited.
  2. All Sessions should end 10 minutes before the next session begins. No exceptions will be possible as we have a strict schedule to adhere to and rooms need to be readied for the next presenters.
  3. All Session rooms are equipped with a table, digital projector, and screen. Presenters are responsible for their own technology (including any required dongles, connectors, power supplies, etc).
  4. Founded in FoCo cannot provide the use of computers or laptops. If you plan on having an AV presentation, please bring your own laptop with your files backed up on a USB drive. We encourage presenters to bring a second computer in case of the blue screen of death.
  5. There is no guarantee of WiFi or Internet even though most of the venues do provide free WiFi (ie: if every attendee is on it, we might not have it as fast/available as you’d like).
  6. Founded in FoCo does not encourage the use of VCRs, 16mm projectors, cell phones, Xbox, PlayStations, or Commodore 64s to use for your session presentation. So don’t try.
  7. Founded in FoCo will try to assist in specific scheduling needs on a case by case basis. So email [email protected] early and we’ll do our best.
  8. Founded in FoCo reserves the right to adjust the time and location of your session at any time to best fit with our schedule of events. We will try and notify you 24 hours in advance of any changes in the schedule.
  9. A submission is not a guarantee of a presentation at Founded in FoCo. We strive to give our attendees the best programming possible thus we will ensure the quality of your session content. So take some time, do some research, prepare and impress us with your submission.
  10. Videotaping or digital filming is prohibited in any session by any attendee or session participant, without advance permission from the person giving the session.
  11. Founded in FoCo does not pay speaking fees or appearance fees. Nor does it cover travel, lodging, or meals for any presenter.
  12. Founded in FoCo is a family-friendly event. We will not approve any “adult”, “after-dark”, or “explicit” content. So please keep it to PG-13 and watch the swear words (particularly around children).
  13. Presenters should arrive at their presentation room 20-30 minutes early and check-in with the Founded in FoCo volunteers.
  14. Session submissions that are largely self-promotional will be strictly scrutinized and are unlikely to be approved. If a self-promotional session sneaks through, that presenter will not be allowed to present again at Founded in FoCo.
  15. Session submissions must be primarily educational in focus.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for Founded in FoCo

Last Revised: January 27, 2024

1. Introduction
Welcome to Founded in FoCo. We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal information. This privacy policy outlines how we collect, use, and share your information when you visit and interact with and our affiliated sites and services.

2. Use of Cookies

  • We use cookies to enhance your experience on our site, provide personalized advertising, and understand site usage for analytics purposes.
  • You can manage your cookie preferences through your browser settings.

3. Communication Preferences

  • When you provide us with your email address and mobile number, we may use these to communicate with you about the event and related updates.
  • You have the right to unsubscribe and opt-out of these communications at any time.

4. Sharing Information with Partners and Sponsors

  • We may share limited information with our partners and sponsors to gauge the effectiveness of the event.
  • This information is shared in a way that does not personally identify you unless otherwise specified on the data collection form.

5. Use of Third-Party Services

We may also use additional third-party services at our discretion for various aspects of event management and site functionality; please note that this list is not comprehensive and is subject to change.

  • for Payment Processing: We use to securely process payments. We do not store your credit card information.
  • for Event Management: We utilize for event management purposes, including event schedules, session RSVPs, tickets, and more. Please refer to’s privacy policy for details on how they handle your personal information.

6. Your Rights and Choices

  • You have the right to request access to the personal information we hold about you and ask that we correct, update, or delete it.
  • If you wish to exercise these rights, please contact us at [email protected].

7. Changes to This Policy

  • We may update this privacy policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new policy on this page.

8. Contact Us
If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact us at [email protected].