Students participate in Singapore’s largest legal technology hackathon

legal technology hackathon

Legal Technology Hackathon promotes technology awareness among students

Singapore’s largest and first-ever took place at (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 (SAL) and (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 (Assistant Chief Executive at the Infocomm ); Mr (Chief Transformation & Innovation Officer of the Supreme Court); Mr (Partner at Rajah & Tann and Director of R&TT);Mr (Chief Operating Officer at R&TT); and Mr Garrett Teoh (Director at Accenture).

In his closing address, Guest-of-Honour 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.

Source: News | Singapore Management University (SMU)

Singapore legal technology hackathon