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Code of Conduct

Pioneer Weekend is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the event organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsoring organizations and their representatives are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Event staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. 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.


Rules are subject to change at any time. Decisions by the Pioneer Weekend team or the Wilson Center are final.


COVID-19 Update:  Students on leave are permitted to participate.

Participation is only open to Grinnell College students. No alumni. Participation is closed to family members of judges.


COVID-19 Update: Individual participants are allowed.

Teams are limited up to 5 persons. Teams must submit a list of members upon submitting their idea by the Team Registration deadline listed on the schedule. Any modifications after that must be approved by organizers.

Judging Criteria

Teams’ pitches will be judged on several criteria including customer validation, business model, design, product execution, and creativity. More details about the judging process will be provided closer to the event. Teams will not be told their scores during or after judging, and decisions by the judges and Pioneer Weekend team are final.


Winners for Pioneer Weekend prizes will be selected by the Pioneer Weekend judges. Each winning team will be responsible for working with the Pioneer Weekend team and the Wilson Center to arrange for the payment to be sent. The winning team is responsible for all taxes associated with prizes.


By attending Pioneer Weekend, you acknowledge that your picture and video may be used without compensation, prior permission, or notification in any promotional material related to Pioneer Weekend.