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Terms of Use

Welcome to SOMOS.tech, our mission is to create a community that supports and empowers Hispanic and Latinx tech professionals, as well as allies, offering free networking opportunities, mentorship, and resources. Our goal is to inspire and assist those seeking a career in the tech industry and creating a sense of community. These terms of use (the "Terms") govern your access to and use of our website SOMOS.tech, including any content, functionality, and services offered on or through the website (the "Website"), whether as a guest or a registered user.

Please read these Terms carefully before you start to use the Website. By using the Website, you accept and agree to be bound and abide by these Terms and our Privacy Policy, found at SOMOS.tech Privacy Policy, incorporated herein by reference. If you do not want to agree to these Terms or the Privacy Policy, you must not access or use the Website.

Eligibility

You must be at least 18 years of age to access and use our website. By accessing and using our website, you represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years of age.

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free resources, that include chat services, including but not limited to Microsoft services, Discord, Slack and WIX online communities, for networking purposes. Please note that none of the resources provided on the Website endorse or have any affiliation with SOMOS.Tech. By accessing or using the Website, you acknowledge and agree that:

The Website is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. The information provided on the Website is not intended to be exhaustive, and we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to the Website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the Website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

We do not endorse or guarantee the accuracy or reliability of any information, content, or advertisements (collectively, the "Materials") contained on, distributed through, or linked, downloaded, or accessed from the Website. We do not endorse any opinions expressed on the Website. We specifically disclaim any and all liability for any claims or damages that may result from the use of the Website or the Materials.

The Website may contain links to other websites or resources. These links are provided for your convenience only. We have no control over the contents of those websites or resources and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

Your use of the Website and any Materials is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services, or information available through the Website meet your specific requirements.

You agree to use the Website and the Materials only for lawful purposes and in a way that does not infringe the rights of, restrict or inhibit anyone else's use and enjoyment of the Website. Prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to, harassing or causing distress or inconvenience to any person, transmitting obscene or offensive content, or disrupting the normal flow of dialogue within the Website.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data, or other proprietary material due to your use of the Website or any Materials or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.

By registering for an event through our website or adding a LinkedIn URL to your account profile, you grant SOMOS.tech permission to use your LinkedIn profile image and URL in association with the events for which you have registered. This includes, but is not limited to, event promotions, participant networking opportunities, and community interactions. By providing this information, you help us foster a more connected and collaborative community. 

We respect your privacy, and all personal information provided to us is held in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Please note that by participating in SOMOS.tech events, programs or by using our website, you give us consent to collect, use, and disclose your LinkedIn URL and profile image in accordance with these Terms and our Privacy Policy.

Limitation of liability: SOMOS.tech will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of our website or attending our events. Including but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, and punitive damages.

Indemnification: You agree to indemnify and hold SOMOS.tech and its affiliates, officers, agents, and employees harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of our website, your violation of these terms of use, or your violation of any rights of another.

In no event shall SOMOS.tech and its affiliates, officers, agents, and employees be liable for any damages resulting from the cancellation or postponement of any in-person or virtual event hosted by the organization, including, but not limited to, damages resulting from the inability to attend or participate in the event or from any loss of income, profits, or business opportunities.

Events

These terms of use (the "Terms") apply to any event (the "Event") organized by SOMOS.tech (the "Organization"), a nonprofit organization, whether it is held in person or online. By attending or participating in the Event, you agree to be bound by these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, you should not attend or participate in the Event.

 

Participation in the Event

By participating in the Event, you represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years of age or, if you are under 18 years of age, that you have obtained the consent of your parent or legal guardian to participate in the Event. You also represent and warrant that you have the right, authority, and capacity to enter into these Terms and to comply with all of the terms and conditions set forth herein.

 

Notice of Filming, Recording, and Photography

This notice serves to inform attendees and participants that filming, recording, and photography may take place at the event (the "Event"). By attending or participating in the Event, you consent to being filmed, recorded, and/or photographed and to the use of any photographs, recordings, or other media that include your likeness for promotional or other purposes related to the Event or the host or organizer (the "Organizer"). You waive any right to inspect or approve the use of any such media.

 

Please note that the Organizer reserves the right to use any footage, recordings, or photographs taken at the Event for any lawful purpose, including but not limited to marketing and promotional materials, social media, and the Organizer's website.

 

If you do not wish to be filmed, recorded, or photographed, please inform the Event staff or the Organizer. While we will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your request, we cannot guarantee that you will not appear in any footage, recordings, or photographs taken at the Event.

 

By attending or participating in the Event, you acknowledge that you have read and understand this Notice of Filming, Recording, and Photography and agree to be bound by its terms. If you have any questions about this Notice, please contact the Organizer.

The Organization may photograph or record the Event, and you consent to the use of any photographs or recordings that include your likeness for promotional or other purposes related to the Event or the Organization. You waive any right to inspect or approve the use of any such photographs or recordings.

 

Disclaimer of Warranties

The Organization makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the Event or the information, content, materials, or products included on or available through the Event. The Organization will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of the Event, including, but not limited to, direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, and consequential damages.

 

Limitation of Liability

In no event will the Organization be liable for any damages, including, but not limited to, direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages, arising out of or in connection with the Event or these Terms. The Organization's total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action (whether in contract, tort, or otherwise) will not be greater than the amount you paid to attend the Event, if any.

 

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold the Organization and its affiliates, officers, agents, and employees harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your participation in the Event, your violation of these Terms, or your violation of any rights of another.

 

Entire Agreement

These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and the Organization and govern your participation in the Event, superseding any prior agreements or understandings, whether oral or written.

  

Release of Liability for In-Person Events

If the Event is being held in person, you acknowledge and agree that there are risks associated with attending and participating in the Event, including but not limited to the risk of physical injury. You assume all risks associated with attending and participating in the Event, and you release the Organization from any and all liability for any injury or damage that may occur as a result of your participation in the Event.

 

Release of Liability for Online Events

If the Event is being held online, you acknowledge and agree that there are risks associated with participating in the Event, including but not limited to the risk of damage to your computer or other electronic devices. You assume all risks associated with participating in the Event, and you release the Organization from any and all liability for any damage that may occur as a result of your participation in the Event.

 

By participating in the Event, you acknowledge that you have read and understand these Terms and agree to be bound by them. If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact the Organization.

Code of Conduct:

Any inappropriate or unprofessional behavior, including, but not limited to, discrimination, harassment, or bullying, will not be tolerated and may result in the termination of your access to the Website.

  • Respect for all individuals: We value diversity and respect all members of our community, regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or ability.

 

  • Professionalism: We expect all members of our community to behave in a professional manner at all times. This includes being punctual, respectful, and mindful of the needs of others.

 

  • Confidentiality: We respect the privacy of all members of our community and will not disclose confidential information without consent.

 

  • Integrity: We expect all members of our community to act with integrity at all times, including honesty, transparency, and accountability.

 

  • Inclusivity: We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our community. We encourage open communication and respect for differing viewpoints.

 

  • Non-discrimination: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or ability.

 

  • Harassment: We will not tolerate any form of harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment, bullying, or discrimination. If you experience or witness harassment, please report it immediately.

 

  • Responsibility: We expect all members of our community to take responsibility for their actions and to uphold the values and principles of our organization.

 

  • Accountability: We hold all members of our community accountable for their actions and will take appropriate action when necessary.

 

By adhering to this code of conduct, we hope to create a respectful and inclusive community that is committed to making a positive impact in the world.

We reserve the right to terminate or restrict your access to the Website at any time, without notice, for any reason.

Disclaimers:

  • The opinions and views expressed in interviews on our website are those of the individual being interviewed and do not necessarily reflect the views of their current or past employers. SOMOS.tech is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the content of these interviews.

  • SOMOS.tech is a nonprofit organization and does not receive any financial benefit or have any affiliation with any companies or organizations that may be referenced on our website unless stated in our sponsors page.

  • The resources and suggestions provided on our website are intended to be helpful and informative, but they are not guaranteed to be accurate or suitable for your specific needs. You are solely responsible for evaluating the suitability of any resource or suggestion for your own purposes and you should seek professional advice if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Do not upload personal identification information (PII) to our website, including but not limited to resumes, social security numbers, and financial account numbers.

  • We are not responsible for any PII that is mistakenly or voluntarily uploaded to our website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you do not upload any PII to our website.

Artificial Intelligence and the use in our site:

Before you proceed, please read and agree to the following terms of use when using this site programs, virtual mentor and other services leveraging AI:

  1. License: The use of our programs and services is for use on this site and community members only. You are not permitted to copy, distribute, or sell the chatbot to any third party.

  2. Data: The programs and services collect and use user input data to improve the content on our site. You agree that you have consent to the collection and use such data. 

  3. Compliance: You agree to comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations in connection with your use of the programs and services.

  4. Misuse and Abuse: All text sent to the programs and services is audited, and any misuse or abuse of the chatbot is strictly prohibited. If we find any misuse or abuse of the chatbot, we reserve the right to ban your account on the SOMOS.tech site without notice.

  5. Warranty: The chatbot is provided "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement.

  6. Nature of AI Advice: The advice or information provided by the AI tools is general in nature and may not be suitable for every individual situation. Users should exercise their judgment and, if necessary, seek professional advice before relying on AI-generated guidance.

  7. Data Use and Privacy: The AI tools use the data provided by users to deliver personalized recommendations. We are committed to maintaining the confidentiality and security of user data. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for more details on data collection, use, and protection.

  8. No Guarantees: While we strive for accuracy, SOMOS.tech does not guarantee that the AI-provided advice will always be correct, complete, or up-to-date. Users should use the AI tools at their own risk.

Note, the programs and services use Open AI's APIs and Azure Open AI, by using it you understand and agree to the terms and privacy here: Privacy policy (openai.com) | Terms of use (openai.com) and Azure Open AI Data, privacy, and security for Azure OpenAI Service - Azure AI services | Microsoft Learn 

By using this site and programs and services, you acknowledge that you have read, understand, and agree to these terms of use, including the clause on misuse and abuse.

Disclosures:

  • Content on the SOMOS.tech site has been created and/or contributed by employees at companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Meta, among others. 

The Website and the Materials are provided on an "as is"

DISCLAIMER ON MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING RIGHTS

Please be advised that the term "member" as used on our website, and within our communication, is purely indicative of a technical functionality and does not establish any formal membership rights or privileges typically associated with nonprofit organizations.

When we use the term "member," it refers solely to individuals who have registered on our site to receive updates, participate in programs, or access specific content. It should not be construed as an indicator of formal or legal membership. Furthermore, it does not provide any rights to vote or participate in the decision-making processes of our organization.

The governance of our nonprofit organization, including all decision-making and voting privileges, is solely vested in our Board of Directors, as per our bylaws and regulations. No one becoming a "member" on our site, or referred to as a "member" in our communication, is granted these privileges.

Being a "member" of our site means you are a valued part of our community and contribute to our cause. However, it does not equate to having a formal membership with voting rights or influence over the organization's governance.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and continued support of our mission.

Changes to These Terms

The Organization reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change these Terms at any time. Any changes will be effective immediately upon posting on the Event website or upon notification to you. Your continued participation in the Event after such changes are posted or notification is given will constitute your acceptance of the changes.

By using our website, you acknowledge that you have read and understood these terms of use and agree to be bound by them and will not upload any PII to our website. If you have mistakenly uploaded PII to our website, please contact us immediately at https://SOMOS.tech/contact so that we can take the necessary steps to remove it. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please do not use our website. If you have any questions about these Terms, please contact us at https://SOMOS.tech/contact .

 

Updated: 1/18/2024

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