General Information

WHAT IS A HACKATHON?

A hackathon traditionally involves teams of professionals, software developers, designers and other experts working intensely over short periods of time to build prototype software solutions. The FT Innovative Lawyers Hackathon will do this on a global scale, bringing together individuals and organizations from every aspect of the legal industry, technology industry, and government, as well as interested parties from throughout society.

SOLVING THE CHALLENGES FACING THE WORLD

Individual participants in the FT Innovative Lawyers Hackathon will have the opportunity to review the challenges posted by organizations around the world and launch a project to address the challenge, or individual participants may join a project that has already been formed. During the three week duration of the event, project teams will collaborate to do market research, design a solution, develop a proof of concept, and build a prototype or working solution. Due to the requirement of social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, the hackathon will be conducted entirely online.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PROJECTS AND TEAMS?

Any participant may found a project, and there is no cost to do so. Once a project has been listed on the event web site, other participants around the world can request to join the project, subject to approval from the project founder. Additionally, a project founder may invite other participants to join the project. The event web site will allow project founders to search the database of registered participants for specific expertise or skills that are needed to successfully complete the projects. Hackathon best practices suggest that project teams should have at least three members, and no more than eight, though team size and composition is at the discretion of project founders. Given the global nature of this hackathon, some projects with global scope may have much larger teams comprised of individuals from many organisations and many countries.

CAN AN ORGANIZATION FORM ONE OR MORE TEAMS?

Absolutely. There are no restrictions on team composition. While we recommend cross-functional and cross-organizational teams to leverage the best talent available around the world, it is perfectly fine for an individual organization to form one or more teams composed exclusively of members of that organization. Additionally, law firms may form teams in collaboration with clients, and clients may form teams in collaboration with law firms.

MY ORGANIZATION IS A TECHNOLOGY COMPANY

Software and technology companies are absolutely invited to provide their software tools and technology to participants around the world, for use during the three week event. We ask that such software tools and technology be provided at no charge for the duration of the event, to enable maximum innovation in the solutions that the project teams are building to address the global challenges. Please contact us for more information about how to get your technology company involved.

HOW CAN AN ORGANIZATION GET INVOLVED?

We are inviting all law firms, company legal teams, law companies, legal technology companies, public sector and non-profit organisations to get involved in one or more of the following ways:

- Contribute a challenge related to the COVID-19 crisis to be solved during the hackathon.

- Encourage your staff to register. There is no cost to register or participate.

- Encourage your staff to form projects and teams to address the challenges that have been posed by organizations around the world.

- Invite clients and peer organizations in your industry or market to participate with you in the event.

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE A CHALLENGE TO BE SOLVED

We welcome ideas for challenges from any public, private or non-profit organisation from any country or jurisdiction around the world. The challenges will be published prior to the start of the hackathon on April 27, 2020 on the website.

Challenges can be submitted directly by registering online here.

You will need to provide the following details :

Name and short description of the problem to be solved; relevant background, including key potential stakeholders/beneficiaries; an indication of the scope of the challenge — industry-wide, country specific, regional, or global; your contact detail; whether you intend to be named or remain anonymous as the challenge contributor.

HOW TO REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HACKATHON

Individuals participants may register for the hackathon here.

Once registered, participants will be able to found a project related to one of the listed challenges, or request to join another project team via the GLH Covid Challenge website. The GLH will provide participants with access to business and technical tutorials, guides, and training resources on how to develop and present solutions, and how to collaborate remotely, prior to the event.

SCHEDULE

Deadline to contribute a challenge to the hackathon: challenges may be submitted at any time during the hackathon.

Deadline to register to participate in the hackathon: participants may register at any time before and during the hackathon.

The hackathon goes live: The hackathon will run from April 27 to May 22.

Presentation of solutions: At the end of the hackathon, teams may submit a five minute video presentation of their solution, pitch deck, and links to software or apps that have been developed.

Solutions showcased in the Financial Times: A selection of solutions from the Hackathon will be showcased in the FT Innovative Lawyers Programme in June. This will involve case studies and summaries written by FT journalists and RSG Consulting.

HACKATHON DETAILS

Where: This is a global event, which will be held online.

Who: Law firms, in-house legal teams, new law companies, legal technology companies and individuals working or studying in the law are invited to participate in the event, either as individuals or in co-ordination with their organisations.

Cost: There is no financial request or commitment associated with contributing a challenge or participating in the hackathon. There are no monetary rewards associated with being selected for showcasing. The Financial Times, the Global Legal Hackathon, and Integra Ledger do not take financial or commercial interest in the solutions that are created by teams during the hackathon.

Intellectual property: all intellectual property remains the property of either the original owner or the inventor.

Technologies: the hackathon is technology-agnostic meaning teams can use any software or technologies to develop their solutions. However, solutions do not need to be technology solutions.

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