Will you change the future of legal tech at the Global Legal Hackathon?

Is there a problem in the legal industry that requires a tech solution? Join the Global Legal Hackathon at Monash Law (22-24 February) and you can be part of the fix.

The Global Legal Hackathon returns to Monash University in February 2019. The Melbourne event, hosted by Monash Law, is part of the biggest legal hackathon on earth, taking place simultaneously across the world over the weekend of 22-24 February.

What happens at the Hackathon?

Teams will be supplied with a specific problem (or problems) faced by the legal industry or the legal system, and then have 48 hours to create a tech solution.

Tech solutions must fit into one of two streams: they must either benefit the business and practice of law, or benefit good government, legal systems and access to justice.

The best solutions tend to come from teams with a range of ideas, skill sets, qualifications, and background experiences.” - Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean of Faculty of Law

Participants also have the option of bringing their own problem to work on, and pitching it to others at the start of the event to get on board. Industry experts will be present as well to suggest problems and offer guidance.

“Last year, Monash Law was privileged to be the exclusive Melbourne host for the Global Legal Hackathon," says Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean of the Faculty of Law at Monash University. "The winning team from our round went all the way to the world final in New York. We are delighted to host the Global Legal Hackathon in Melbourne again this year, with the additional support of KPMG Law."

VIDEO: Highlights from last year's Global Legal Hackathon

'Not just for tech professionals'

“Monash Law is a leading international, clinical, and technologically enabled law school, operating from six locations across two hemispheres and three continents. Our continuing involvement in the Global Legal Hackathon affirms our global outlook and our commitment to being at the cutting edge of legal technology and innovation.”

Professor Horrigan says despite the name, the Hackathon isn’t just for lawyers or tech professionals.

“After the success of hosting the inaugural Global Legal Hackathon last year, we’re very excited to again welcome participants from all backgrounds and at all stages of their career - tech enthusiasts, business professionals, legal practitioners and in-house counsel, as well as students from all disciplines - to work together to make a positive impact on the future of law in Australia and worldwide. In fact, the more diverse the team members, the better. The best solutions tend to come from teams with a range of ideas, skill sets, qualifications, and background experiences.”

Amazing Hackathon success story

In 2018 the inaugural Global Legal Hackathon featured more than 5000 participants in over 40 cities around the world. The Monash Law event in Melbourne featured 11 teams across the weekend.

The winning team of the Monash Law event, ANIKA, was subsequently selected from more than 600 teams worldwide to proceed as a finalist to the final round in New York City. ANIKA finished as global runners up.

“What you and your team work on could be the next big thing in legal tech." - Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean of Faculty of Law

ANIKA was developed as a not-for-profit online platform to help hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged people across Australia access free legal protection. Around 160,000 Australians are turned away from community legal services each year due to insufficient resources. ANIKA aims to connect clients seeking legal advice with law students, who will work with ANIKA’s supervising lawyers to provide free, high-quality legal advice.

ANIKA has recently been developed into a pilot community legal services program after securing a $200,000 Victorian State Government grant, in October 2018.

Professor Horrigan says the Global Legal Hackathon could provide the first step for a number of exciting LawTech and RegTech ideas.

“What you and your team work on could be the next big thing in legal tech. But taking part in the Hackathon can bring you so much more than that,” says Professor Horrigan.

“It’s also an amazing opportunity to meet some real movers and shakers in this space, people who are not only leading the way right now, but future leaders who are set to blaze the trail for the future. And it’s also a lot of fun.”

Want to get involved? Learn more + register here.