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Global Legal Hackathon
Free to enter — supported by our Sponsors
Our goal — improving the business of law, and access to law
March 6-8, 2020 / St. Louis

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and Daugherty Business Solutions are hosting the St. Louis node of the world's largest legal hackathon – the Global Legal Hackathon (GLH) – on March 6-8. Anyone in the local community – including attorneys, developers, students, and legal innovators – is welcome to attend for free.

A winner will be declared for St. Louis and that team will go through to a global competition, culminating with a winner announced at a banquet in a city and on a date to be determined.

The goal is to bring the legal industry together, world-wide, to apply innovative ideas and emerging technologies to progress the business of law, or to facilitate access to the law from the public.

What is a Hackathon?

Nothing to do with hacking computers!

A hackathon is a competition where multi-disciplinary teams come together to collaborate, build and launch mobile, web apps or any other innovations aimed at solving a particular problem. They usually work in small groups over a couple of days. People can come individually or as a team, with an existing idea to pitch, or to listen and join one of the teams that will be formed at the start of the event. The goal is to come up with a prototype or proposal at the end of the hackathon to present in front of a panel of judges.

In our case teams will be a minimum of 3 and a suggested maximum of 6 (but no more than 10). Anyone has the chance to pitch an idea at the start of the event on Friday evening, teams will be formed, they'll work over the weekend, and then present to the judges at the end of the weekend. A winner will be declared for St. Louis and that team will go through to a global competition, culminating with a winner announced at a banquet in a city and a date to be determined. Check out the FAQs for all of the latest news and information.

Location

The St. Louis location for the world's largest legal hackathon – the Global Legal Hackathon (GLH) – will be held at Daugherty Business Solutions, 3 Cityplace Dr., 11th Floor, St. Louis, MO 63141. Nearby Hotels: Drury Inn & Suites and Courtyard by Marriott.

Organizers

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Christian Zust

Christian Zust is the Regional Innovation Solutions Director – Americas at BCLP and is responsible for research into new technologies and development of technology-augmented solutions that help deliver improved, more cost-effective solutions to BCLP's clients.

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Kristi Smith

Kristi is the Senior Manager of Expert Systems and US Automation at BCLP. As a licensed attorney with a special aptitude for incorporating innovation into legal processes, Kristi has developed a passion for utilizing expert systems, automation, intelligent workflows and collaboration portals to dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of legal service deliveryfor BCLP's clients.

Global Thinking

40+

The Hackathon will take place in over 40 cities globally.

6

The Hackathon will take place in 6 continents.

60+

The Hackathon will be hosted by over 60 companies.

St. Louis Hosts

      

Global Hosts

FAQs

What are the times of the Hackathon?

The times for the Hackathon are as follows...
Friday, March 6: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Check in and Networking
Friday, March 6: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Introduction, Idea Pitches and Team Formation
Friday, March 6: 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. — Development time
Saturday, March 7: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. — Development time
Sunday, March 8: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Development time
Sunday, March 8: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Presentations
Sunday, March 8: 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Judges deliberation
Sunday, March 8: 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Winners announced

How do I register (and does everyone need to register)?

Each participant or team member needs to register by following this link.

All helpers, mentors, judges and attendees need to register as well please - that's how we generate name badges and track overall attendance at the venue for health and safety reasons.

How can I help?

We need:

Helpers – We need volunteers over the weekend of March 6-8 to make it happen and keep everyone happy.

Mentors – We need subject matter experts and technologists who can mentor the teams over the weekend to help crystallise their ideas, challenge them, or keep them on track.

Judges – We are assembling a balanced team of judges who will be leading figures drawn from the legal innovation, technology and start up communities.

Sponsors – As well as the venue we will be providing food and drinks, name tags and supplies.

Hacker teams and team members – Anyone involved in the law, interested in the law, involved in technology for the law, or coders and technologists who want to join the fun. We know some firms will submit teams, and other teams will form around a great idea at the GLH.

How much does it cost?

Registration is free.

Will there be food?

We are catering for participants and there will be tea, coffee, water and meals (sandwiches/pizza, etc.). We will cater for non-meat eaters too, but please warn us if you have any special dietary requirements.

We will provide lunch and an evening meal, but not breakfast, so please grab a bite on your way on Saturday and Sunday please.

You are welcome to bring your own food and refreshments if you want.

How can I promote the event on social media?

Join us in writing about the event on twitter, facebook, instagram and your blog. Tag your posts and tweets with the hashtags #GlobalLegalHack, #GLH2020, and #GLHSTL, too. Share our posts and tweets.

Can I bring an idea or some code that I've started to the hackathon?

You can definitely come with ideas and do your research beforehand, as long as they haven't been materialized into actual tangible products or organizations prior to the start of the event.

Will there be communication with teams & participants in the run up to the event?

This website will always have the definitive information and links to what's going on for the GLH in St. Louis.

How will the Hackathon be judged?

We are assembling a balanced team of 5 judges, which we hope to announce soon.

What are the rules and guidelines?

All of the rules and guidelines can be found here.

Who are the judges?

Bob Newmark — Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Office Managing Partner for St. Louis
John Lofy — Litera — VP of Key Accounts
Dennis Rasmussen — Neota Logic — Director of Client Engagement and Solutions

Who are the mentors?

We are also putting together a team of legal innovation and technology experts who will support teams over the weekend. We won't allocate specific mentors to specific teams, but we do have a great line up of roving mentors to help, advise and challenge the teams across all of the disciplines. Some will be available all weekend, while others will volunteer time when they can across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact email Christian Zust or Kristi Smith.

How can I help?

As well as hacker teams and participants, we need helpers on the day, mentors to advise the teams, judges and sponsors. If you want to get involved, please email Christian Zust or Kristi Smith.

How can I sponsor the event?

This is a non-profit event supported by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. However, if you are interested in supporting the event, please email Christian Zust or Kristi Smith.

What technologies can my team use?

There are no restrictions, you can use any technology that makes sense.

We hope teams will have an amount of free access to Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud & Watson and some other technologies to be announced soon. The Global support team have provided access to vLex Iceberg AI platform and ServeManager which are all described in the attendee help here.

Please note that access to these technologies isn't unlimited, for example vLex will be provided to up to 100 teams globally on a first come first served basis. Please check out the details of each individual offer from our sponsors and supporters to check terms and availability as soon as you can.

What productivity tools and resources do you recommend we use?

As with technology, you can use whatever tools and resources that make sense for your team. There is guidance and suggestions of what you might use on the attendee help here.

Should my team be using Design Thinking?

Design is crucial, and you ought to make sure you've got design expertise in your team. We definitely recommend you consider a Design Thinking approach for your project at the hackathon.

Here is an introduction to Design Thinking, which links to resources to help you find out more.

Can I bring an idea or some code that I've started to the hackathon?

You can definitely come with ideas and do your research beforehand, as long as they haven't been materialized into actual tangible products or organizations prior to the start of the event.

Is there a general help resource for attendees and teams?

There is a global attendee knowledge base for all teams and attendees linked here.

We will publish specific St. Louis guidance, or link to it here in these FAQs. Check back regularly for the latest news.

Look at the technology section of these FAQs for guidance on platforms, tools and technologies that you might use.

I've registered, what should I do before the Hackathon?

Watch for news here and on email from us about how you can connect and collaborate with other Hackathon attendees before the start.

The attendee knowledge base has some suggestion on forming teams and what to bring here.

Can teams connect and collaborate in advance of the event?

You can definitely come with ideas and do your research beforehand, and discuss these with others, as long as your ideas haven't been materialized into actual tangible products or organizations prior to the start of the event. You can also identify others you would like to be part of your team and encourage them to attend as well. However, if you do form a group in advance, you should also come prepared to allow others to join your team as this will ensure you have a diverse group to tackle the problem you have identified.

Contact

Contact us with questions at legalhackstl@bclplaw.com.