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Two Canadian teams enter final round of Global Legal Hackathon

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:48 PM | By Amanda Jerome

Teams from Montreal and Ottawa have made it to the final round of the world’s largest legal hackathon and will be facing off against 12 other groups in New York on April 21.

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Aileen Schultz, Integra Ledger

“The judges had an incredibly difficult time deciding who their chosen top teams were. This speaks volumes as to the quality and energy of the GLH (Global Legal Hackathon) teams,” said Aileen Schultz, director of network intelligence at Integra Ledger and co-founder of the Global Legal Hackathon with David Fisher.

The first round of the GLH was held between Feb. 23-25 and engaged over 600 teams in 22 countries. The over 5,000 participants raced against the clock to create tech-based solutions to the world’s legal problems.

“The Global Legal Hackathon was created to foster legal innovation across the globe and be inclusive of all stakeholders,” said Fisher, CEO of Integra Ledger.

Five Canadian cities were involved in the event, including Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.

The team from Ottawa to advance to the final round is called 2Sign. According to the GLH website, this team created an app that will produce “quick and easy legal contracts using verbal answers.”

Juridico, the team from Montreal, created a web platform that offers customized help and orientation to the public, providing referrals to relevant legal resources. This group described themselves as “a solidarity co-operative that brings together a community of litigants, jurists and workers for a common objective: making the judicial process easier.”

The GLH organizers were set to select eight teams from around the world to compete in the final round, but due to the diverse range and quality of solutions developed, the finalist list was increased to 14 teams.

“Inviting the additional set of teams supports this agenda, engaging a truly global audience for legal technology innovation,” Fisher explained.

The finalists were selected by a panel of judges from six continents and include teams from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Hungary, Nigeria, Singapore and the United States.

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