A hackathon is an event where businesspeople, designers, software developers, and others come together for one or more days in an intense “sprint” of creative technology development of solutions related to a specific industry, challenge, or technology. The goal is to develop an MVP (minimum viable product) during the event, as a proof of concept for a proposed application or solution. Some teams may choose to pursue further development of their MVPs after the conclusion of the hackathon.
Hackathon Weekend Overview
The GLH is a three-day event taking place on February 23-25, 2018, in cities and countries all over the world and in Romania will be hosted in TechHub location.
The Global Legal Hackathon is technology agnostic – any technologies, software, and development tools may be used. There is no cost for participants. Participants will form teams, each of which will develop a technology solution of its choice during the course of the weekend. On Sunday evening, all of the teams will present their solutions, and a panel of judges will declare a winner.
All winners from around the world will be reviewed by a global panel of judges, and the finalists will be invited to an awards gala in New York on April 21 st, where the global winners will be announced.
Who can join?
- Software developers
- Technology students
- UI/UX designers
- Legal specialists
- Legal students
- Tech-savvies & problem-solvers
What’s in it for you?
- 51+ hours of brainstorming with like-minded professionals
- Mentoring from industry experts
- The opportunity to turn your idea into a prototype
- The chance to present your vision at the Global Awards Ceremony in New York, on 21st of April
Rules and Guidelines
The organizing committee of the Global Legal Hackathon seek to impose as few rules as possible in order to encourage maximum collaboration and innovation but there are a few important things to make note of to ensure that this global event is a huge success.
Selecting and Idea
Teams can work on any idea that is of interest to them, provided that ideas are related to the legal industry. For a company, it could be very internally focused, such as working on better ways to manage contract status or global supply chain contracting. For law firms, it could be better solutions for knowledge management, contract creation, or client service (for example). No matter what the idea, it is expected that teams will develop a working prototype by the end of the weekend. Teams should not do a meaningful amount of work prior to the event, as the purpose of the event is collaborative development and learning.
In general, teams are free to make the competition their own by developing their own focus – from competitive to purely educational. That said, teams should have an agreed purpose for their participation, to help to guide their activities.
Here are some ideas:
- Pure Innovation – something truly novel and different from existing solutions.
- Greatest Immediate Impact – a solution that can deliver immediate value and change the world.
- Best Use of Blockchain – blockchains and blockchain coaches will be available to participants
- Best Use of Artificial Intelligence – AI tools and coaches will be available to participants
- Best Law Firm Application – solutions specifically tailored to law firms, how they are managed and how they service clients.
- Best Corporate In-House Application – solutions specifically tailored to law firms, how they are managed and how they service clients.
- Best Public Service Application – solutions specifically tailored to facilitate access to justice.
Teams must build a solution that fits one of two threads:
1. Progressing the business of law; or
2. Facilitating access to justice
Forming a Team
Participants and participating organizations are encouraged to form cross-functional teams prior to the event, ideally composed of legal professionals, technology professionals, and design professionals. It is highly encouraged that teams be composed of members from multiple organizations (i.e. a company, one of its law firms, and perhaps some students or staff from a legal tech company). This aids the creative process by contributing broader experience and perspective to the team.
Note: It is not necessary for participants to be part of a team, as one rule of the hackathon is that teams, even if formed in advance, must be willing to accept additional team members on the first evening of the hackathon. In addition, participants are welcome to come the day of and participate in the networking function at kick-off to mingle with others and form, or join teams.
This is a real hackathon. It is expected that teams will build working applications, proofs of concept, or prototypes, as well as presentation materials to explain, pitch, and present the application. That being the case, teams will benefit from diversity in skill sets – for example an attorney, an application developer, a graphic designer, a businessperson.
Teams can consist entirely of participants from one organization or can include participants from many organizations. Participants are encouraged to form teams prior to the event to ensure that teams have the requisite skill sets to actually create a legal tech application and the related pitch and presentation materials but all teams must be willing to accept individual participants on the first day of the event. This is to encourage diversity of thought and experience, as well as to include participants who were unable to join a team prior to the start of the weekend.
Teams must arrive at the event having not begun development, though they can have pre-discussed ideas or agreed upon an idea and recruit team members to help develop it over the weekend.
If someone wants people to join their team, they can pitch a 60 second idea to all of the attendees. Here is an example of how a pitch works: Sixty Second Pitch
Joining a Team
Individuals can participate locally or remotely by joining a team in a. In the event that a participant does not join a team prior to the weekend, that attenddee can join a team on Friday night after the pitches are complete.
Teams must consist of a mandatory minimum number of three (3) participants with a suggested maximum of six (6).
The judging rubric takes into account three factors: 1) user validation; 2) solution design and implementation; and 3) the business model. You can find a copy of the judging rubric here .
Competition and Pitching
First Round | Local The first round of judging will take place at the local level on February 25th. Final pitches and presentations are due to host organizers by 7:30pm on that day (though teams can continue to work on their solutions until presentations begin). Pitching and presentations begin at 9pm sharp. Pitches to local panel of judges will be a maximum of five minutes, with five minutes to follow for a question period by the judging panel. Local hosts must submit one local winner to the global organizing committee by 11:59pm February 25th local time.
Second Round | Global Winning teams from the first round have until 5 PM Eastern Time on March 11, 2018 to submit their project, application, and supporting presentation to the global judging panel of the Global Legal Hackathon.
Teams are permitted to improve upon their winning entry during the period between February 25 and March 11 but should not change the primary purpose or functionality of the winning application.
On March 26, 2018, the Global Legal Hackathon will announce the winners of the first global round, along with suggested improvements to their solutions.
Judging will be done online.
Finalists will be invited to the awards banquet on April 21, 2018 in New York City.
Finalists are encouraged to work on their solutions up until April 6, 2018, when the final presentations and solutions will be due for final global submission.
Final Round | Announcement of Global Finalists
The global winners will present and be announced on April 21, 2018 in New York City at the banquet.
Judges will be in New York for the final round
How many winners can local hosts submit for the second round of the Global Legal Hackathon?
Each local event may submit just one winner for the second round.
Judging: How will the second round be judged and who will do the judging?
Each round of the Global Legal Hackathon will be judged using the same rubric. The judging rubric can be found here.
User Validation: does the developed solution have a good understanding of the users and their needs?
Design & Implementation: how well designed is the solution? How well did the
team execute the design?
Business Model: how feasible is the business model?
Scale: answer with a “0” where participants failed to address the topic identified in the question up to “5” for a high score.
Did the team identify appropriate users?
How well does the solution fit proposed user needs?
Did the team interview those users?
How many users did the team interview (0 = none and 5 = many)?
Did the team incorporate user interview feedback into its pitch?
What quality of feedback did the team solicit from user interviews?
Did the team incorporate core user needs into its pitch?
Design & Implementation
Did the team build a prototype (a visualization of their solution)?
How developed is the team’s Minimum Viable Product (be it software, hardware, etc.)?
Did the team collect feedback to inspire its Minimum Viable Product?
How functional was the teams’s technical demo?
Did the team incorporate user feedback into its solution?
How easy is it to navigate and use the Minimum Viable Product?
Does the business model represent a big/unique idea?
How compelling is the solution’s value proposition?
Did the team identify a specific target market?
How strong is the business model?
Did the team incorporate competitive analysis into its business plan?
How strong is the team’s competitive analysis?
Did the team describe how to scale in its business plan?
How strong is the team’s customer acquisition plan?
Did the team describe how to acquire customers in its business plan?
Did the team describe its revenue model in its business plan?
Did the team describe how it will acquire its first 100 users?
Code of Conduct
Below is the Global Legal Hackathon (GHL) Behavior Policy which sets out the kind of behavior we expect from people who attend.
GHL is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.
We do not tolerate harassment of Global Legal Hackathon participants in any form.
Everyone at the hackathon is subject to the to the anti-harassment policy. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. It also includes the use of sexual imagery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Anyone violating these rules may be sanctioned, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Gather will be happy to provide escorts, help participants contact the police, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.