|Membership Policies & Terms|
membership policies & terms
Membership Policies & Terms
Restaurant Technology Network (RTN) officers and members must take precautions to ensure we do not engage in activities interpreted as violating antitrust or anti-competitive agreements in various parts of the world. For any activity which is deemed to unreasonably restrain trade, the network and its members may be subject to legal penalties, regardless of otherwise beneficial objectives.
To ensure that we conduct all meetings and gatherings in strict compliance to any such laws and agreements in any part of the world, the RTN Code of Conduct is to be distributed and/or read aloud at all such gatherings.
RTN members are expected to behave professionally at all times, which includes acting in accordance with all applicable laws, negative, disparaging or discrediting comments regarding other members, corporations or competitors, or their goods or services, will not be tolerated.
All RTN related meetings shall be conducted in accordance with a previously prepared and distributed agenda. Actions inconsistent with the above terms will be considered violations of this Code of Conduct. RTN reserves the right to take whatever actions it deems necessary to ensure compliance with this Code.
Through a strategic partnership with Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), RTN will administer, manage and execute collaborative workgroups. By participating in a workgroup (or any forum, team or group organized by RTN), you agree, individually and on behalf of your employer, to be bound by the following policies:
Any RTN member in good standing, or any group of RTN members, may propose a new workgroup. New workgroup proposals may be submitted on the Workgroup Page of our website. If a workgroup proposal generates interest from other industry participants, RTN staff will contact you and help you through the process of preparing an initial workgroup charter application. Upon completing your charter application, it will be submitted to a subcommittee of the RTN Board of Directors for review and approval.
Initial discussions on a proposed workgroup are generally held with RTN staff and other interested or prospective members. The goal of these discussions is to produce a formal proposed charter. RTN staff, in coordination with our partners at HTNG, will help assess what may be needed to gain approval of the RTN board subcommittee. The board subcommittee may accept the proposal, decline it, defer it, or provide recommendations to refine it. Accepted proposals become chartered workgroups, and the subcommittee will decide with which strategy team your workgroup will be associated.
All workgroup participants agree that they will not make contributions of intellectual property to which they knowingly do not have the right and authorization to contribute. The owner of any contributed intellectual property retains all ownership rights. The Contributor agrees to disclose (in advance of, or at the time of, the contribution) any possible restrictions on the use or modification of contributed intellectual property, as well as any expectations of royalties. Such disclosure shall be made in writing to the workgroup chair or co-chairs, to the workgroup facilitator assigned by RTN to the effort. It shall also be included on the first page, or the first page after the title page, of any documents or artifacts submitted. If posted on RTN’s website, it shall also be included in the document description (header). In the absence of such written disclosure, it is understood that RTN, its members, and the general public may use or modify the contributed property in any way authorized by RTN, and that no royalties may be assessed by the contributor.
Each workgroup, forum, team or formal group organized by RTN members may set policies, which must be nondiscriminatory within any class of RTN members, for qualification of new members, disqualification of existing members, provisional memberships, and similar items. Such policies may be established in the workgroup charter or by vote of the workgroup members. In the absence of workgroup-specific policies, RTN may establish default policies, which shall be applied to all subsequently chartered or re-chartered workgroups unless and until they establish different policies.
Workgroups, forums, teams or formal groups organized by RTN members, may establish policies to remove members automatically based on failure to actively participate over an extended period. They may opt to remove a member from the roster after four months of non-activity (attendance and voting), provided that the workgroup or forum has met for a minimum of three times in the four-month period. Once removed, a member must reapply as a new applicant unless the workgroup or forum provides an alternative procedure. Workgroups and forums may also establish policies that revoke voting privileges based on repeated failures to vote; if they do so, they must also provide a means for regaining voting membership status. RTN may also remove workgroup members who fail to pay ongoing membership or Forum participation fees, or to pay other amounts due to RTN.
One company, one vote: small restaurant companies and vendors have equal voice to their largest competitors, ensuring that no one company can dominate decisions.
Regular participation is required to retain your voting rights.
To ensure consistent application of the "one company, one vote" policy, the following rules cover situations where multiple individuals at one company might otherwise be eligible to vote. In this section, "corporate RTN member" refers to the company holding a corporate membership, except for and also to any other affiliated companies that are covered by that membership (meaning that RTN membership policies permit them to use the membership, and they have explicitly or implicitly elected to do so rather than to hold a separate membership).
By participating in a workgroup, you agree that workgroup meetings may be recorded for the benefit of members unable to attend, or to assist RTN staff in preparing minutes. If the recording is to be made available to other members, then notice of the intent to record a meeting will be provided in a notification of the meeting to members by email at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. As a convenience, it will also be announced by the facilitator at the start of the meeting, but if you arrive late, you may not hear this announcement. Access to recorded meetings may only be provided on a nondiscriminatory basis to all members of the workgroup or to all members of RTN.
By joining RTN, renewing your membership, or entering into certain new activities, members reaffirm their agreement to the latest Terms and Conditions of Membership.
Technology Company Memberships may only be held by companies engineering technology solutions for the restaurant industry. Technology Company Memberships are not available to individuals, and are subject to RTN approval. Technology Companies joining at higher levels may receive benefits not accessible to all members. Packages will vary, but any technology company serving the restaurant industry has an opportunity to join RTN.
Start-Up Technology Company Memberships are available in accordance with RTN defined parameters, and are only available for the first 2 years of membership. To qualify for Start-Up membership status, companies must be incorporated less than three years from the date of membership application and must not receive funding by an established company (including online distribution). Evidence of incorporation date is required. RTN reserves the right to decline startup membership in situations that are contrary to the spirit of the program, for example: a newly formed company purchasing another company’s assets or an existing company incorporating in a new region.
Academic and Student Memberships are available for educators, researchers and students contributing to the advancement of or keenly interested in collaborating inside the restaurant technology industry. These memberships are rooted in the spirit of academic nurturing of individuals, rather than economic gain as a buyer or seller of technology or technology-based services. RTN reserves the right to deny Academic or Student memberships to any individual, and to revoke without refund if the individual holding it ceases to qualify and/or uses the membership for commercial gain as a buyer or seller of technology or technology-based services.
Individual Memberships are non-transferable. Access to members-only areas of the RTN website is limited to enrolled members and login information may not be shared.
RTN has the right to revoke membership at any time if individuals or companies violate the Terms and Conditions of Membership.
The first membership year begins upon receipt of payment and terminates on the same day one year thereafter. Renewal memberships are for 12 consecutive months starting the day after termination of the prior term. Renewal notices are sent by e-mail to the designated primary contact for the member.