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Tech4Justice Hackathon

Law Society and Legal Hackers Scotland

Friday, 17 June 2016 at 18:00 - Sunday, 19 June 2016 at 20:30 (PDT)

Tech4Justice Hackathon

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Event Details

The Law Society of Scotland and Legal Hackers Scotland present the Tech4Justice hackathon.

Interested in improving our justice system? Interested in tech? Then join us on 17 - 19 June 2016 at Rookie Oven in Glasgow for this unique event.

Court closures, legal aid cutbacks, geographic gaps in advice services and limited public legal information have adversely impacted how citizens in Scotland enforce their rights. We need a justice system that is transparent, fair, efficient and open to all.

Recognising the need for change, in 2014 the Scottish Government published The Digital Strategy for Justice in Scotland, acknowledging “our justice systems need to embrace digital technology – we need to look beyond traditional methods and transform how we think; how we engage and how we deliver services to citizens and users.”

Over the course of 48 hours, teams will collaborate to develop working technology prototypes or products.

What are the challenges?

There are several interesting challenges for you to get stuck into, which include:

  • Young people and legal information - designing new ways for young people to access legal information relevant to them.
  • Legal processes – using technology to help people navigate legal processes and documents, such as small claims actions

Access to justice professionals will present on each challenge at the start of the event, and they will be on hand afterwards to answer any questions and provide support to teams as they develop their products.

At the conclusion of the hack, teams will pitch their solutions to our illustrious panel of judges, which include: -

  • Kenny Robertson - Head of Business Services (Legal) at Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Morna Simpson – Founder of Girl Geek Scotland; Business Analyst at Be-Positive Ltd and Business Development & Product Management at Nano-Lit Technologies
  • Gavin Neate – Founder & CEO of Neate Box Limited
  • Callum Sinclair - Partner and Head of the Technology Sector & Divisional Head of Commercial at Burness Paull LLP

The judging criteria will be made available prior to or at the start of the event. 


Are there prizes?

Yes, there are some great prizes up for grabs:

First prize - £2,000

Second prize - £1,000

Third prize - tickets for the team to HackTrain 3.0 


Are there speakers?

We have some great speakers lined up for you, including: -

  • Dennis R. Mortensen - Founder & CEO at
  • Peter Carayiannis - Partner at Deloitte Conduit Law LLP

In addition, there are workshops on:

  • Product Mapping - Scott Seivwright, Digital Transformation Lead & Agile Coach
  • Legal Design - Joya van Hout, Legal Service Designer at Kennedy Van der Laan


What is the programme?

We shall post the finalised programme details prior to the event starting. In the meantime, please note the following:-

Friday, 17 June: -

1800 – 1850 Registration & drinks reception

1850 – 2100 Speakers / drinks & buffet/ challenge pitches

2100 – 2400 Team formation/ ideation phase 1

Saturday, 18 June: -

0900 – 0930 Breakfast/ day 2 briefing

0930 – 1000 1st workshop

1000 – 1300 Ideation phase 2/ product build

1300 - 1330 Lunch

1330 – 1645 Product build

1645 – 1700 Speaker

1700 – 1730 Dinner

1730 – 1800 2nd workshop

1800 – 2400 Product build

Sunday, 19 June: -

0900 – 0930 Breakfast/ day 3 briefing

0930 – 1300 Product build

1300 - 1330 Lunch

1330 – 1630 Product build/ pitch preparation

1630 – 1830 Team pitches (5 min pitch & 5 min Q & A per team)

1830 – 1900 Judges deliberate/ buffet

1900 – 1930 Prize giving & closing speeches

1930 – 2030 Drinks

If you are unable to commit to the full programme, you should discuss and agree that with your team. 


How do we get involved?

You can register to attend the event on this page. Either you can register as a team or we can match you with a team when you arrive! 


Continuing Professional Development

For lawyers in Scotland, participation in the event provides up to 16 hours of free verifiable CPD.


Photography /Filming

Please note that in-house and external photographers/ film crews will be recording this event for journalistic, promotional and archival purposes. If you would prefer not to be photographed/ filmed, please notify us of this at registration.


Further Information

For further information, please contact: -

  • Andrew Alexander -; or
  • Arlene McDaid –


Frequently Asked Questions

What is a hackathon?

It’s a gathering of thinkers, dreamers and doers who come together, typically over a weekend, to share ideas and build solutions to the challenges set. It’s basically a pop-up innovation lab, where you will meet and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds. If you want to be part of creating something interesting that makes a difference to our justice system, this event is for you!

Isn’t hacking illegal?

Not this kind, but remember to be aware of the possible intellectual property rights of others.

Am I eligible?

Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Do I have to be a developer (programmer) to participate?

Not at all. There will be developers in the teams, however, anyone who wants to work on something interesting and impactful, irrespective of your background or skill set, can participate. The more diverse the team composition, the better!

Do I have to come with a team?

No. We will help you find a great team to join.

What are the team sizes?

You may compete in a team of 4 to 6 people. We may increase or decrease the team sizes at our discretion to ensure all participants can partake in the event and there is skill set diversity in the teams.

What’s the schedule for the hackathon?

Details will be posted closer to the event.

Who owns the intellectual property (IP) in my team’s submission to the hackathon?

Unless a team agrees otherwise, the IP in a team’s submission remains the intellectual property of that team. Teams may wish to agree that their submission is Open Source or Creative Commons licensed and is therefore not subject to the proprietary rights of the team members, either individually or collectively. For teams interested in entrepreneurial ventures beyond the hackathon involving products they created during it, we would encourage those teams to have a discussion about the ownership of any IP.

Should I bring a laptop?

If you are a developer, yes! Bring your laptop, chargers and any other equipment you like working with. For non developers, a laptop is a useful piece of kit for researching, sharing info and of course preparing your winning pitch! The venue has Wi-Fi, however, a backup is always useful.

What else should I bring with me?

Evidence of your event registration and photo ID. In addition, an open mind, enthusiasm and ideas!

Will there be catering?

Yes. You will be fed and watered during the event. There are lots of eateries close by to the venue, should you wish to venture out for some fresh air and a bite to eat.

How are the prizes allocated?

The winners shall be selected by a judging panel of industry experts. Judges’ decisions are final and binding and the judging panel is subject to change at our discretion. The judging criteria will be made available at or prior to the event. Team presentation time limits may be shortened or lengthened depending on the number of teams. We shall decide the order of presentations at our discretion.

Winning teams are responsible for allocating prizes among team members. Cash prizes shall be distributed evenly among winning team members. To be eligible for a share in a prize, a winning team member must have participated in all hackathon activities.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the Code of Conduct prior to the start of the hackathon. You and/or your entire team may be disqualified and asked to leave the premises for any of the following actions, with or without warning, at our sole discretion: (i) non-compliance with the hackathon Code of Conduct or any other agreement entered into in connection with the hackathon; or (ii) violating the spirit of the hackathon or acting inappropriately in any way. All disqualification decisions are final and not subject to appeal.


Code of Conduct

All attendees, sponsors, partners, volunteers and staff at our hackathon are required to agree with the following Code of Conduct. Organisers will enforce this Code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe environment for everybody. 

We do not tolerate harassment of hackathon participants in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, or religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, photography or audio/ video recording against reasonable consent, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome attention.

Photography is encouraged, but other participants must be given a reasonable chance to opt out from being photographed. If they object to the taking of their photograph, comply with their request.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.  If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of hackathon staff immediately.

Hackathon staff will be happy to help participants contact any local security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the hackathon. We value your attendance.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the hackathon organisers may take any action they deem appropriate. This includes warning the offender, expulsion from the hackathon and/ or reporting their behaviour to local law enforcement.

We expect all participants to abide by these rules whilst participating in the hackathon and we value your cooperation.



With thanks to our tremendous sponsors who helped make this event happen: -

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Do you have questions about Tech4Justice Hackathon? Contact Law Society and Legal Hackers Scotland

When & Where

Rookie Oven
Fairfield Shipyard Offices
1046 - 1048 Govan Road
G51 4XS Glasgow
United Kingdom

Friday, 17 June 2016 at 18:00 - Sunday, 19 June 2016 at 20:30 (PDT)

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Law Society and Legal Hackers Scotland

For further information, please contact: -

  • Andrew Alexander -; or
  • Arlene McDaid –
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