Accelerathon – Terms & Conditions

Last modification: 27 May 2020

Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully as they contain important information about your legal rights, remedies and obligations.

The present Terms and Conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) regulate the use and access the Accelerathon website http://accelerathon.eu and any other websites, subdomains, country level domain variants related (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Accelerathon Website”). The Accelerathon website is owned and operated by Finnovaregio Foundation, a foundation organized under the laws of Belgium, with office at Avenue des Arts, 56 – Brussels – Belgium (hereinafter referred to as “Accelerathon”, “we”, “the Event” or “us”).

Additional information about Accelerathon, such as contact details, as well as the names of the authorized representatives, can be found under the “Contact” button displayed in the Footer of the Accelerathon Website.

1.) Introduction and Definitions

Accelerathon is a hackathon event bringing together developers, designers, creatives and entrepreneurs that want to develop innovative solutions to help overcome the challenges of the COVID-19, water, energy, tourism, and others. The hackathon is organized by Finnovaregio and several international entities.

In these Terms and Conditions (“Terms” or “Agreement”) “Accelerathon” or “we” refers to the Accelerathon entity defined on the Accelerathon Site on which you apply to participate in, or otherwise register to a specific Accelerathon event organized by the Accelerathon entity in question.
In this Agreement “Event” refers to the Accelerathon and other events organized by a Accelerathon entity you apply to participate in or otherwise register to.

In this Agreement “Accelerathon Site(s)” refers to the following websites http://accelerathon.eu as well as to the online services, such as a platform that may contain application forms, project submission and other services related to the Event, provided by Accelerathon on such websites.

In this Agreement “third-party services” refer to all services, platforms and (collaboration-) tools used by the organizer to collect the applications, conduct the Event, submit the solutions (prototypes) and follow-up on the Event.

You agree to be bound by these Terms by using the Accelerathon Sites and/or applying to participate in or otherwise register to the Event on a Accelerathon Site. For avoidance of doubt, a person that has been accepted to or otherwise registered to the Event is considered having participated in the Event.
These Terms constitute a binding legal agreement between you, i.e. the applicant or participant of an Event or a user of any of the Accelerathon Sites (“Participant” or “you”), and Finnovaregio.
Should you have any questions regarding these Terms, you may contact us by e-mail at info@accelerathon.eu.

These Terms may be modified by us from time to time, such modifications to be effective upon posting by on the Accelerathon Sites. It is the Participant’s responsibility to periodically check-up these Terms for changes. Continued participation in the Event and/or continued use of the Accelerathon Sites by the Participant following the posting of changes will imply that the Participant accepts and agrees to the changes. Additionally, you may be reading these terms on a service provided by a third party, in this case the version of terms may be outdated, to make sure, the latest version can always be found on the Accelerathon Sites.

2.) Application to the Event

You may apply to the Event by filling out an application form collected by using a third-party service during the relevant application period.
When applying for participation in the Event you shall provide accurate and complete registration and other information to Accelerathon as requested in the form.

If you register or apply as an entity or on behalf of a team, you confirm that such entity and each person in the team accepts these Terms and you have the right to represent such entity and team for the purposes of these Terms.

3.) Personal Data

Accelerathon collects and processes data, including personal data, in relation to Participant’s registrations or applications on the Accelerathon Site, application to or participation in the Event, such as Participant’s contact details, other identification data, CV and information relating to the Submissions. To the extent Accelerathon is considered as data controller for such personal data pursuant to the applicable laws, Accelerathon informs data subjects regarding the processing practices in Accelerathon’ Privacy Policy and processes such personal data in accordance with its Privacy Policy in force from time to time.

4.) Use restrictions

A Participant is not permitted and not entitled to do any of the following:

  • sign up on behalf of someone else;
  • use the collaboration platforms hosted by using a third-party service for transmitting any unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, contests, pyramid schemes, or any other form of solicitation or mass messaging;
  • use any of the third-party services used in the Event to violate the applicable law;
  • use the Accelerathon Sites or any of the third-party services used in the Event in ways that violate Intellectual Property Rights, business secrets or privacy of third parties;
  • use any of the third-party services used in the Event to transmit any material that contains adware, malware, spyware, software viruses, worms or any other computer code designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of computer software or equipment.

5.) Participant Content on the Accelerathon Site

You are solely responsible for all the content that you may be entitled to upload/transmit to the Accelerathon Sites, including the Submission (“Participant Content”). Accelerathon shall have the right, but shall not be obliged to, monitor the Participant Content, in order to ensure compliance with the terms of this Agreement. In case Accelerathon believes, in its reasonable opinion, that any Participant Content violates this Agreement, intellectual property rights or any applicable law, Accelerathon shall have the right to delete such Participant Content.

Accelerathon disclaim any responsibility for the backup and/or retention of any Participant Content.The Accelerathon Site shall not be used for the back-up of any Participant Content.
Participant agrees that Accelerathon does not assume any liability or responsibility in respect to any Participant Content and Participant shall at all times ensure that Participant Content does not infringe any rights of third parties or any applicable law. Furthermore, The Participant Content shall not be offensive, threatening, libelous, defamatory or otherwise inappropriate. For clarity, Accelerathon is not responsible and shall not be held liable for any Participant Content, nor do they endorse any opinion contained in any Participant Content.
Accelerathon shall have the right to generate anonymous user data and statistical data from Participant Content. Accelerathon shall reserve all rights to such anonymised data.

6.) Term

This Agreement will remain in full force and effect while you are a user of the Accelerathon Site or participate in the Event. Provisions of this Agreement intended to survive the termination or expiry of this Agreement shall do so.

7.) Liabilities

Accelerathon will make reasonable efforts to keep the Accelerathon Sites operational. However, certain technical difficulties or maintenance may, from time to time, result in temporary interruptions.
Accelerathon will make reasonable efforts to keep the Event operational. Accelerathon reserves the right to alter the content, timing, date and/or location of the Event, without liability to Participant, provided that the Event, as altered, is substantially similar to the Event as originally advertised. Accelerathon also reserves the right to cancel the Event at any time whereupon Participant shall obtain a full refund of any fees possibly paid hereunder.

Accelerathon reserves the right, periodically and at any time, to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, functions and features of the Accelerathon Sites.
To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, in no event will Accelerathon be liable to you or any third party for any indirect, consequential or punitive damages, arising out of the application to or participation in the Event or arising out of the use of the Accelerathon Sites or for any direct damages in excess of the amounts actually charged by Accelerathon from you.
The parties to this Agreement do not restrict their liability for any matter in respect of which, by mandatory law (such as consumer protection laws), it is not permitted to restrict their liability.

8.) Governing law and disputes

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the country in which the Event in question is organized, without reference to its conflict of law provisions. All disputes shall be settled by the court of first instance of the place of domicile of Finnovaregio Foundation.

9.) Miscellaneous

This Agreement only covers the Accelerathon Sites and the use thereof and all linked third party services and platforms are provided by the relevant third parties and covered by their terms of use or other agreement or license. Accelerathon does not assume any liability in regard to use of such third-party services and platforms, whether or not they are linked to the Accelerathon Sites.

The content on the Accelerathon Sites, including, but not limited to, the text, graphics, images, links, and other materials are for informational purposes only. Accelerathon do not recommend or endorse any specific software or other information that may be mentioned on the Accelerathon Sites. Reliance on any information provided on the Accelerathon Sites is solely at your own risk.
If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, the remainder of this Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.

No agency, partnership, or employment is created as a result of these Terms.
You may not assign this Agreement to a third party. Accelerathon have the right to assign this Agreement to their affiliates or successors as part of a restructuring, merger, acquisition, asset sale or other corporate reorganization.