Rules Of The Road

anti-harassment policy

We welcome all people to attend SiliCon, regardless of their age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political leaning or personal background. We ask that as a SiliCon attendee you respect each other, exhibitors, and the staff at the show.

SiliCon has a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:

  • Unwelcome physical contact
  • Verbal harassment or abuse
  • Intimidation
  • Physical assault
  • Verbal or physical disruption of sanctioned and scheduled SiliCon events
  • Stalking

Attendees found breaking our anti-harassment policy face expulsion from the show and/or arrest based on the severity of the behavior.

Weapon Policy

No functional weapons are allowed at SiliCon. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following:

  • All costume weapons must be inspected at the Security Desk (location subject to change).
  • All costume weapons must conform to state and federal law.
  • Projectile costume weapons must be rendered inoperable.
  • Nerf guns are allowed, but ammunition of any kind (foam or otherwise) is prohibited.
  • Airsoft guns must be rendered completely inoperable beforehand, that is the gun shall not have any batteries installed, nor gas/propellant in the chamber and the chamber must be filled with wax or similar material. All airsoft guns must have a clearly visible orange tip on the barrel. All airsoft guns will be marked by security at weapons check and have their triggers zip-tied to ensure that the gun is incapable of firing.
  • Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip tied to a quiver.
  • No wooden or aluminum/metal bats are permitted.
  • Items such as bullwhips, ropes and lassos are allowed, but must remain rolled and secured at all times.
  • Incendiary or flammable weapons are prohibited, including any items that are capable of igniting sparks or flames, burning, exploding or combusting.
  • Do not display your weapons or props in a threatening or menacing manner. For instance, it’s ok to pose for a picture, but cosplayers should not brandish weapons while walking the event floor.
  • Keep prop weapons in convention areas. If you leave the premises or go out into public for any reason, please put away any and all prop weaponry immediately.
  • Costume swords must be tied to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn.
  • After each person’s costume weapon has been checked, it will be tagged by security to designate that your weapons have been checked.
  • Security will escort you to the Security Desk for inspection if your costume weapon is not tagged.
  • If you do not want to have your costume weapons inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please do not bring your costume weapons to the convention.
Convention Dress Code

No costume is not a costume! SiliCon is a family friendly event, and costuming worn should reflect that basic premise. The minimal dress standards are full-coverage bikini top, and full-cheek coverage swimsuit bottoms. In all cases local and state decency laws will be applied.

  • Male attendees are strongly encouraged to wear dance belts under any thin-fabric pants (bodysuits, tights, etc.).
  • Precautions should be taken against costume malfunctions (double-sided tape, pasties, etc.).
  • Footwear must be worn at all times; stocking feet without shoes are not sufficient.
  • Convention staff reserves the right to insist on modifications of costumes.

Photography is allowed in most areas of SiliCon. Please be respectful when taking pictures and ask for the permission from your subject. Please honor all requests from those who say no to photos.

Photographic and Media Consent

All attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, guests, and staff of the convention hereby expressly consent to being photographed and video recorded at the convention and acknowledge and consent to their personal images being used for commercial and promotional purposes by the promoters. Attending the convention is a waiver of any objections to being photographed and video recorded at the convention for commercial and promotional purposes by the promoters.

Pet Policy

Only service dogs will be allowed at San Jose Convention Center. According to the California State law regarding service dogs: “Service animal” includes any dog that is trained, or is in training, to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability; performs work or tasks, or is in training to perform work or tasks, that are directly related to the individual’s disability.