Attendee Policy & Code of Conduct

Everyone must comply with all Federal, State, and Local laws, ordinances, and regulations at all times. Laws include, but are not limited to the following:

CODE OF CONDUCT

No disorderly conduct such as public intoxication, indecent exposure, begging, or soliciting.
No selling weapons or serving alcohol. No selling, serving or using illegal drugs.
No Alcohol allow in the convention center or Aki con spaces. No beverages or bags are allowed into dances or concerts. Water stations are available.
No smoking inside any public buildings. No smoking within 25 feet of any entrances.
All aisles, exits, fire safety devices must be kept clean, clear, visible, and unobstructed at all times.
Do not tape, tack, staple, nail, or otherwise affix anything to any wall or surface in hotel or convention center. This includes doors, panels, columns, and other portions of the facilities.
No outside food or drink may be sold or distributed on the premises without prior permission, licenses, permits, and insurance.
Only people with disabilities or prior approval may use transportation devices indoors. Shoes must be worn at all times.

Aki Con Attendee Policies

Anti-Harassment / Bullying:

Aki con is dedicated to providing a harassment-free (including bully-free) convention experience for everyone [regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion]. Harassment or bullying of convention participants (including attendees, press, exhibitors, volunteers, staff, etc.) in any form will not be tolerated. Demeaning or harassing sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any Aki Convention venue, including panels. Attendees guests or staff violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention [without a refund] at the discretion of the convention organizers.

Please respect the facilities:

The hotel and convention center staff and surrounding hotels are very welcoming to Aki con. Please clean up after yourselves and keep the facilities including the bathrooms clean and tidy. Strive to be respectful and courteous to all including the Guests of Honor, convention and hotel personnel, Aki con staff, and fellow attendees.

Weapons policy All weapons must be peace bonded and registered. No sharp or functioning weapons are allowed. Functioning water guns and projectiles are not allowed in convention space, use of them in public spaces may result in removal from the convention. All involved parties will be required to pay the cost of any property damages suffered by individuals, dealers or the hotel including any legal fees. Failure to follow the rules may result in expulsion from the convention. Aki con reserves the right to reject any weapon or prop deemed inappropriate and or poises a hazard or is disruptive to Aki con's mission to provide a safe and fun environment.
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all who will be attending the upcoming Aki Con, we ask that all visitors observe the following convention policies. If you are planning on wearing any sort of replica weapon or large prop (staff, etc.) at the convention it is your responsibility to understand the weapons policy and abide by it. Any questions should be directed towards info@akicon.org

Privacy Policy

We won't sell your information, we won't spam you and we will strive to keep our site clean and running smoothly.

General Behavior

Please remember talking during videos is disruptive to other attendees so save your comments for later. Aki Con reserves the right to refuse admission to all adult themed events to those under 18 years of age, which include videos and panels with adult content. Panhandling (begging for money, with or without performing music or other entertainment) is against local bylaws and will not be allowed in convention spaces.

Hotel Rooms

Appropriate action will be taken in the case of attendees who are found to be in violation of “hotel rules for use of guest rooms”. Violations include, but are not limited to: Exceeding the maximum occupancy per hotel room, moving for furniture, damage to furniture-fixtures or towels and linens. Hotel management has the right to evict anyone who is not registered with them as a guest from guest rooms. Charging admission to a room party, serving alcohol and or drugs of any kind to minors is illegal. Selling merchandise out of private hotel rooms, illegal drug use or any inappropriate behavior is prohibited. Failure to comply any of the rules and policy of the hotel or “decent human behavior” may result in your removal and banishment from the convention and legal action may be taken.

Costumes and Signs

Cosplayers with costumes that are bulky, difficult to maneuver, restrict vision, have mascot-type heads, projecting shoulders or otherwise present possible safety issues for the wearer or those they come in contact with are asked to travel with an unencumbered escort (someone not in costume or without any restricting features) when moving through high-traffic public areas of the convention. Costume elements that may be offensive or disruptive are not welcome and anyone wearing them may be asked by Aki Con staff to remove or cover up questionable items.

Carrying of signs in convention space will not be allowed unless the sign is a clearly understood and recognizable part of a cosplay costume, serves a reasonable purpose (ie. advertising an event, showing a group where to meet) and has been authorized by Aki Con. T-shirts with slogans that would be unacceptable on a sign are also unacceptable displayed in any manner and the offender may be asked to change or cover up the slogan if they wish to remain in convention spaces.

Photography

Cameras and camcorders are not allowed in the Art Show. Photography of original artwork in Artists Alley is not allowed without permission of the artist.
Events Photography of all other aspects of the con is allowed, as long as it does not disrupt events or the flow of traffic and the subject does not object. Please be considerate and ask first before taking pictures of guests, con staff, other attendees or the general public.

Media

Please be aware as an attendee of Aki Con that media representatives will be present at the con and may be filming at any time. By entering the convention space you are consent to being photographed, videotaped, filmed or otherwise imaged at Aki con. And you understand and agree that these photographs, videotapes, films, or images may be used by Manga Kissaten, Aki con, Aki foundation or press attending the convention.

Smoking

Aki Con is a non-smoking convention. Smoking is prohibited except where venue policy permits.

Minors (17 years and under)

A responsible adult must accompany minors 17 years and younger at all times. Accompanying adult are responsible for the well-being and behavior of all minors in their care. Children 5 and under admission is free with a paying adult.

Alcohol, Drugs, Theft, Vandalism

The legal drinking age in Seattle is 21. Taking illegal drugs, theft and vandalism of any kind are prohibited and violators will be removed from convention, reported to law officials and legal action considered. Please report any illegal activities to the proper authorities.

Badges

Your badge is proof of your admission payment and must be worn at all times to guarantee admission to con events. Lost badges should be reported promptly to the con office. If your badge is not found, you must purchase another badge to continue enjoying the convention.

Vendors Room

Due to safety issues, Aki Con will be following strict guidelines for entry to the Dealer/ Vendors Room where appropriate: Restricted admissions, Time limits, traffic redirection, Early entry for those with Mobility/Access or any other measures necessary to ensure safety. Note that Weapons/Props with metal blades may be for sale in the Dealer’s Room. These items are for sale under strict guidelines, namely once sold they are provided to the customer in a sealed box which is not to be opened or the weapon displayed in general convention areas. Doing so may result in badge confiscation and the attendee having to leave the convention.

Glomping

“Glomping” (aggressive hugging, often without warning) Please do not “Glomp” anyone without asking permission first. Repeated problems may be considered disruptive behavior and result in warnings and may result in your removal from the convention.

Pre-Registration Badges

Aki con doesn't mail out badges. You can pick up your badges with your receipt and ID at the pre-registration desk. Aki con's new simple registration doesn't require the names, date of birth or badge info of the attendees. Instead you simply need the purchaser's receipt or card and the purchaser's ID.

Aki con reserves the right to modify and or make changes to rules or policy as deemed necessary, at their discretion.
To experience the magic and joy of Aki Con, simply be joyful. It is our hope and wish for each and every one of you to rejoice as an anime fan, to gather with others for 54 hours of non-stop anime themed fun and to be totally immersed in the world of anime. Leave all your cares behind look for the good in other people and enjoy your weekend.
YOU HAVE NO CAUSE FOR ANYTHING BUT JOY AND GRATITUDE….(Buddha) WE want to thank all of you, it’s you that makes Aki Con! Thank you, /Thank you,/Thank you…….. Namaste