Wavelength supports the Global Legal Hackathon’s London node

Wavelength supports the Global Legal Hackathon’s London node

By Elly May, Legal Operations Paralegal at Wavelength Law

Over the past weekend (22nd – 24th February 2019) a total of 9 Wavelengthers participated in the successful London Global Legal Hackathon (GLH) as hosts, mentors, and even a judge. We had the great pleasure of supporting the teams in their rapid development of solutions for improving the legal industry world-wide for private and/or public benefit.

Wavelength, Cambridge Strategy Group and Agile Elephant co-organised the event, held at the University of Westminster, where 8 teams with diverse skill sets ‘hacked’ at problems endemic in the legal industry. The hackathon itself was founded on the idea of identifying pain points in the practice of law and enhance access to justice through design solutions and implementation of services within a viable business model. Participants had 24-hour access to the venue, and some worked through the night. Wavlengthers bounced ideas around with the teams to facilitate the evolution of concepts into innovative prototypes and insightful pitches.

Wavelength’s own Morgane Van Ermengem, who was recently promoted to Senior Legal Engineer, headed the London ‘GROWL’ (Global Rise of Women in LegalTech) arm of the hackathon and hosted a successful meetup on the Thursday evening before the kick-off of the GLH. This bought together mentors and participants interested in the GROWL movement, aimed at supporting women in the law and technology space. The women-led team ‘kiteMind’, with lawyers from Pinsent Masons, joined the GLH through the GROWL initiative and produced a fantastic mindfulness mobile app and platform to facilitate the understanding and improvement of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The winning team from Freshfield, ‘Clausana’

The winning team from Freshfield, ‘Clausana’

Dr Ben Gardner, Wavelength’s Chief Scientific Officer, sat amongst the esteemed judges on the final day of the hackathon. He joined Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society; Jeanette Nicholas, Deputy Head of Westminster Law School; Dr. Richard Sykes, Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum; and Jelena Madir, Chief Counsel for European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Using his extensive knowledge of applying technology to legal processes and developing data strategies, Ben asked some thought-provoking, data-specific questions of the teams after hearing their pitches.

The winning team, ‘Clausana’, were strongly led by Freshfields. They pitched their idea for a cloud-based app, developed using Azure technology, which would enable consumers to make more informed decisions when shopping for services. By asking consumers a set of questions, and breaking down the terms and conditions offered by various suppliers, the app then ranked the suppliers with terms and conditions that were most aligned with the individual consumer’s needs. Dr. Ben Gardner concluded the team had worked towards solving a prevalent issue in legal practice by transforming ‘messy’ unstructured data into usable, structured data. The team impressed from the outset with their focus and live, ready-for-market product by the end of the hackathon.

Congratulations to team Clausana!

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Elly May