Terms of Use


TechConnect (a dba of NSTI LLC) and its affiliated sites: smartcitiesconnect.org, smartcitiesconnect.com, techconnect.org, nsti.org (hereby referred to as TechConnect) offer websites, publications, events, webinars, membership portals and other services (collectively referred to as the "Services").

We aim to provide users ("you") with relevant and useful information and communities regarding technology products, companies and services.

By accessing or using our websites including any content, platform functionality and Services offered on or through TechConnect, whether as a guest or a registered user, you agree to be bound by the following Terms of Use.

These terms of use together with any documents they expressly incorporate by reference (collectively, the "Terms") apply to all websites, and content posted by and in connection with TechConnect and its related websites, information sharing, and community support platforms including those mentioned above (together, the "Websites").

You agree that by accessing Websites; by attending, presenting, contributing to or accessing articles, events, videos, downloads or other content provided through the Services, you are providing your assent to these Terms, our Privacy Policy and all other policies and notices posted, and comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including export control laws and regulations.

If do not agree to be bound by these Terms, do not use the Services. TechConnect reserves the right to update these Terms at any time without notice to you, and to discontinue the availability of or change any Service at any time.

Intellectual Property

Nothing in these Terms grants a license or other right with respect to any TechConnect or third-party copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right, whether by implication, estoppel or otherwise. You should assume that everything you see or read or view in the Services is proprietary information protected by copyright, trademark or applicable law. Further, any such material may not be used -- except in connection with use of the Services in conformance with these Terms, or with the prior written consent of TechConnect.

Copyright Infringement

It is TechConnect's policy to respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

For more information on how to submit a DMCA Notice to our designated agent contact privacy@TechConnect.org.

Submissions

TechConnect welcomes submissions and feedback. If you submit comments, ideas, guest submissions or feedback to us, you agree that TechConnect can use them without any restriction or compensation to You. We do not waive rights to use similar or related ideas or feedback previously known to us, developed by TechConnect, or obtained from sources other than You.

User Materials

With exception to materials provided to TechConnect pursuant to a written agreement containing applicable confidentiality provisions, any comments, feedback, ideas, suggestions, data, questions, information, or materials submitted to TechConnect through the Services by any means ("User Materials") are not confidential. By submitting User Materials, you grant TechConnect a worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, fully paid-up, transferable license to copy, reproduce, publish, upload, post, transmit, distribute, publicly display, perform, modify, create derivative works from, and otherwise freely use, the User Materials, including, without limitation, to promote, market and provision the Services and to contact you regarding the Services.

You shall be solely responsible for your User Materials and the consequences of uploading, posting, submitting, transmitting or distributing them. You agree that you will not upload, post, submit, transmit, distribute or otherwise make available in the Services: (i) any falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage TechConnect or any third party; or (ii) any material which is unlawful, defamatory, libelous, slanderous, pornographic, obscene, abusive, profane, vulgar, sexually explicit, threatening, harassing, harmful, hateful, or otherwise objectionable, or which encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law or any right of privacy or publicity, or is otherwise inappropriate.

Prohibited Conduct

You agree that in connection with your use of TechConnect's Services you shall not:

email or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized communication,

upload, transmit or otherwise make available any code or material that may harm or interfere with any device, software, network or service. This includes, but is not limited to, any viruses or propagating worms, Trojan horses or "spyware" programs, compromise or attempt to compromise the normal functioning or security of the Services,

access or attempt to access any account or password of any user of the Services,

falsify your identity in connection with use of the Services, or

post illegal content, any kind of media that contain expressions of hate, abuse, pornography, or are deemed sexually explicit, including content that exploits or abuses children, or any other material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under applicable law or regulations.

perform any load, penetration or vulnerability testing of the Services. Some areas of the Services may be password protected or restrict access to authorized users. No person other than authorized users may access any password protected or restricted areas of the Services.

TechConnect is not responsible for any unauthorized access or attempted access to any password protected or restricted area. Unauthorized users do so to at their own risk and may be subject to prosecution and/or civil action. TechConnect reserves the right, should it discover or reasonably suspect any violation of these Terms by you, to suspend or terminate your access to the Services without notice and/or take any other action that it deems necessary.

Ownership and TechConnect Copyright

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the contents of the Websites are the exclusive property of TechConnect and / or their creators. Such material may not be copied, distributed, displayed, altered or modified, or reproduced or transmitted, in any form or by any means including, but not limited to, electronic, photocopy, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of TechConnect. The corporate and product names, slogans, logos and other content contained on the Websites are the registered or unregistered trademarks or service marks of TechConnect and / or their owners. When required, these materials are used on TechConnect website and platform with the permission of their owners. The use, copying, or alteration of any trademark without the express prior written consent of TechConnect or, where applicable, the registered owner's express prior written consent is strictly prohibited.

Third Party Services

The Services may contain links to third party websites or services ("Third Party Services"). Third Party Services are not owned or controlled by TechConnect. TechConnect has no control over, assumes no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any Third-Party Service. If you access a Third-Party Service through the Services, you do so at your own risk, and you acknowledge that neither these Terms and nor any other TechConnect policy, including TechConnect's Privacy Policy, apply to your use of such sites.

Indemnity

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold TechConnect, its officers, employees, agents, licensees and suppliers harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of the Terms and any other policy in connection with the Websites.

No Warranty

USE OF THE SERVICES IS AT YOUR OWN RISK.

THE SERVICES, AND ALL OF THE CONTENT AND MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN, ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE." TechConnect MAKES NO REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY AS TO: INTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE SERVICE, HARM TO ANY DEVICE, LOSS OF DATA, THE COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY, CURRENCY, OR ADEQUACY OF, OR THE SUITABILITY, FUNCTIONALITY, AVAILABILITY, OR OPERATION OF THE SERVICES OR THE INFORMATION IT CONTAINS. TechConnect EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW ALL EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, AND OTHER WARRANTIES, GUARANTEES, OR REPRESENTATIONS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICES AND THE MATERIALS AND CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

Limitation of Liability

IN NO EVENT SHALL TECHCONNECT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, WARRANTY, OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OR THE SERVICES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY LOSS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOST SAVINGS OR LOST PROGRAMS OR OTHER DATA, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF TechConnect ARISING OUT OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS OR THE SERVICES WILL NOT EXCEED THE GREATER OF ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100) OR THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID TechConnect IN THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH CASES, TECHCONNECT'S LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY IS AN ESSENTIAL TERM OF THIS AGREEMENT AND THE PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGE THAT TechConnect WOULD NOT GRANT ACCESS TO THE SERVICES WITHOUT YOUR ACCEPTANCE.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold TechConnect harmless from any and all claims, demands, losses, damages or expenses, including reasonable attorney fees, related to your use of the Services or any alleged or actual violation by you of these Terms.

Governing Law

You agree that your use of the Services, and any disputes relating thereto or to these Terms shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of Texas, without reference to its conflict of laws principles. You agree that any dispute relating to these Terms shall be resolved solely in the state or federal courts located in Austin, Texas, United States.

Miscellaneous

No delay, failure to take any action, or to exercise any right that TechConnect may take or exercise pursuant to these Terms or applicable law, shall constitute a waiver of that action or right by TechConnect. If a provision of these Terms is held to be invalid, the remaining provisions will continue to be valid and enforceable.

We offer a special feature or service that has its own terms and conditions that apply in addition to these Terms. In those cases, the terms specific to the special feature or service control, to the extent there is a conflict with these Terms.

Contact

If you have any questions relating to these Terms, please contact the TechConnect Legal Department at privacy@TechConnect.org or mail us at:

TechConnect
5540-A North Lamar
Austin, TX 78756