Legal Technology Hackathon promotes technology awareness among students
Singapore’s largest and first-ever legal technology hackathon took place at Singapore Management University (SMU) last month. Held over three consecutive days in early February, the Legal Technology Hackathon, which was organised by SMU’s Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) club and made possible by the generous support of the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) and Rajah & Tann Technologies (R&TT), saw 50 students from six local tertiary institutions vying for the top prizes.
The 18 participating teams, which comprised students from both the legal and IT-related disciplines, were challenged to come up with innovative technological solutions to one of 12 legal industry problem statements curated by SAL. The problems include: raising awareness of individual legal rights, providing individuals with information on lawyers, and making legal research less tedious and more efficient, among others.
After a gruelling 36 hours of competition, the teams remained energetic and enthusiastic as they presented their innovative and well thought out creations to an illustrious judging panel comprising Mr Yeong Zee Kin (Assistant Chief Executive at the Infocomm Media Development Authority); Mr Tan Ken Hwee (Chief Transformation & Innovation Officer of the Supreme Court); Mr Rajesh Sreenivasan (Partner at Rajah & Tann and Director of R&TT);Mr Michael Lew (Chief Operating Officer at R&TT); and Mr Garrett Teoh (Director at Accenture).
In his closing address, Guest-of-Honour Justice Lee Seiu Kin reminded all participants of the growing importance of technology’s role in the legal sector. He quoted examples of analytics being deployed in foreign courts to assist judges in analysing precedent deviation trends and sentencing effectiveness.
Singapore legal technology hackathon