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Take Part in a Global Legal Hackathon in Response to COVID-19

Updated: Apr 23



Along with many industry sectors facing problems amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the legal sector is definitely one that has been hit with a diverse influx of challenges.

The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers along with Global Legal Hackathon are calling upon legal innovators in every country to help develop solutions to the urgent legal and related business, government and social problems facing the world.

The Global Legal Hackathon Challenge will run for three weeks from 27th April until 17th May 2020.

Challenges will be submitted by corporations, not-for-profit and governmental organisations worldwide, while avid tech and legal teams will set out to resolve the challenges posed. The Financial Times will be reporting on developments throughout the hackathon and winning teams will receive exposure from the acclaimed publisher.


The LawTech team at Barclays Eagle Labs will be supporting this initiative by:

• Collating view from across the industry on: what new legal challenges we will need to overcome as we emerge from COVID-19? What new problems to be solved will look like? What existing problems will become more relevant?

• Fielding teams to participate in the Hackathon – Students; Trainees; Lawyers; Project Managers; Developers and everyone in the legal sector that wants to put their creativity, legal knowledge, project management, design skills, technology skills, or other passions or expertise to work



Calling on the North’s LawTech Ecosystem to Contribute Problem Statements

Following on from the LawTech Eagle Labs Roadshow, that brought together Sheffield law firms and LawTech startups, we are calling on the LawTech ecosystem in Sheffield to put forward their views and problem statements. The focus is on new legal challenges the industry will need to overcome as we emerge from COVID-19. Will these new problems benefit from a tech-based solution? What problems have already been identified, and will these remain relevant? We will be collating and submitting the thoughts and problem statements put forward, directly to our contacts at Global Legal Hackathon Challenge. If you have an idea, please submit it to christopher.grant@barclays.com by 24/04/2020.



Are you interested in taking part in the Hackathon?

We’re gathering teams to participate in the Hackathon – Students; Trainees; Lawyers; Project Managers; Developers – the list goes on! Anyone in the legal sector that wants to put their creativity, legal knowledge, project management, design skills, technology skills, passion or expertise to work would be welcome. We are looking for a cross-section of participants from our wider ecosystem to work on the new challenges. The Hackathon will run for a little under three weeks, and teams will be able to manage their own time around the schedule. But, why get involved? The Hackathon will provide a fantastic opportunity for you to engage with a global cohort of legal experts and be at the forefront of innovation within the legal industry. If you want to be a part of the Legal Hackathon team, please email christopher.grant@barclays.com with a short overview of your background and why you would like to be involved.


Barclays Eagle Labs and Kollider Set to Further Support the Development of Solutions

Following the event, the LawTech team at Barclays Eagle Labs and Kollider will be offering their expertise in support of solutions and initiatives that develop from the Hackathon.


The Financial Times will be following this journey, and a selection of the solutions will also be featured in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers!



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