The weekend before last, we hosted B.C.’s largest access-to-justice-focused hackathon. More than 60 hackers, lawyers and access-to-justice (A2J) enthusiasts came out to The Justice Hack, presented by Clio and hosted by KPMG, with support from the Law Foundation of BC.
Seven teams pitched 7 great ideas for improving A2J in our province. Our 2019 Justice Hack – Vancouver champions developed Comply: a solution designed to help small- and medium-sized businesses keep compliant in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
The winner of our Clio “Live a Learning Mindset” Award was Open Court, which has the power to make court data accessible and available to data scientists and other solution designers. Our KPMG Impact Award went to Mediate BC. Their team proposed Resolution Pathfinder: a platform that better connects clients to professionals that offer mediation services.
Other thought-provoking ideas include:
- A virtual legal clinic that provides SMEs with free and fast legal advice, and offers law students a practical learning experience
- An easy-to-use platform that helps businesses incorporate affordably and maintain their records. (BizWiz also collects valuable data on the needs of businesses operating in B.C.)
- Ways to improve the criminal justice system in India
- Standardizing court data for use in data science
Thank you, Justice Hackers
A huge thank you to our presenting sponsor Clio for their support and our host sponsor KPMG for the use of their new Ignition Centre. Our venture is made possible by the Law Foundation of BC, and we appreciate their generosity.
Over the weekend, participants enjoyed presentations from Civil Resolution Tribunal chair Shannon Salter and UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law assistant professor Camden Hutchison. Teams were formed thanks to the expert guidance of Amanda Semenoff. A number of mentors joined us throughout the weekend to provide support to participants, as did dedicated volunteers. The difficult task of judging our seven presentations on Sunday fell to six judges, including: KPMG Law LLP partner Mark Meredith; Peter German & Associates principal Dr. Peter German, Q.C.; UBC Law assistant professor Camden Hutchison; Peck and Company partner Jeffrey Campbell; Salman Azam, assistant deputy minister and executive financial officer, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General; and Ina Ergasheva, assistant director of the BCICAC’s Canadian International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre.
To everyone above – thank you. We appreciate your interest in improving A2J in B.C. and your support of our two-year-old initiative.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to our Justice Hackers. Your ideas inspired and impressed. You helped our event more than double in size in a single year, and it was a success because of you.
Feedback + photos
Did you have fun? What did you enjoy most? How can we improve? If you attended our event, please take a few minutes to let us know what you thought. We read each submission and will be directly incorporating the feedback we receive into the planning of our next event.
Miss the event? You can find photos and quotes on Twitter by following @thejusticehack or by searching #JustHack. We also have photos up on Facebook.
Next up: Victoria
This year, we’re expanding beyond Vancouver for the first time: we’re bringing The Justice Hack to Victoria on November 2-3! We are actively seeking participants and are open to suggestions for speakers, judges and mentors.
We’ll be promoting tickets and updates on Twitter under the hashtags #JustHack and #A2J. You can help us by joining that conversation, by sharing this newsletter and by telling friends and colleagues about our work. Tickets are available now on Eventbrite.
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