Proving Ground Participant Roles & Responsibility

Participants in the Proving Ground program agree to undertake the following responsibilities as a condition of their participation in the program:

Speaker Responsibilities:

  • Work with and without your mentor to develop content and delivery of your talk, including:
    • Meeting on a weekly basis between April and August
    • Developing relevant, understandable, and engaging slides
    • Practicing your talk both with your mentor and on your own
  • Provide feedback to the Proving Ground Directors as necessary
  • Escalate issues as outlined in the ‘Conflict Resolution Policy’ below
  • Be present at BSidesLV in order to deliver your 25 min (including Q&A) talk

 

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Work with your speaker to improve the content and delivery of their talk, including:
    • Meeting on a weekly basis between April and August
    • Providing relevant and timely feedback
    • Suggesting resources (books, articles, recorded talks) that might help with content development and delivery
  • Provide feedback to the Proving Ground Directors as necessary
  • Escalate issues as outlined in the ‘Conflict Resolution Policy’ below
  • Be present at BSidesLV in order to attend your speaker’s 25 minute talk

These are the minimum responsibilities expected of all participants, and failure to fulfill these responsibilities could lead to removal from the Proving Ground program and/or denial of future participation in the program.

 

Conflict Resolution Policy

Conflict is defined as any situation where one or both parties have a difference due to inability to come to agreement or work collaboratively on the delivery of a talk (this could be due to personality differences, schedule conflicts, etc.).

While we ask the first step to be to raise the concern with your mentor/speaker, we realize that is not always possible, and that resolution may not be possible.  If the issue can not be discussed or a satisfactory resolution is not possible, it must be brought to the attention of the Proving Ground directors. The process for mediation once it is brought to the directors’ attention may require additional communication in the form of a video call or additional emails and will be as follows:

  • Both parties will provide the Proving Ground directors with enough information to ensure the nature of the conflict is fully understood.
  • If possible, get all parties online to try and define points of agreement and dispute so both parties understand the other’s viewpoint.
  • Create a realistic plan of action in order to remediate the issue(s).
  • If the plan of action does not work for all parties, alternative solutions will be considered. Alternative solutions could include:
    • Mentor/Speaker discussion with the Proving Ground directors
    • Mentor/Speaker reassignment
    • Dismissal from the Proving Ground program

All communications between the Proving Ground directors, BSidesLV management, mentors, and speakers will be considered confidential and will not be shared outside the organization.