Most frequently asked questions can be answered by reading our participant background material, available here.
The document above will address the following:
- What The Justice Hack is
- What access to justice is
- Everyday legal challenges of SMEs and startups
- Prizes and judging criteria
- What to expect at our event
- Event schedule (you can also find this here)
Q: What is The Justice Hack?
A: The Justice Hack is a hackathon that brings together technology talent, legal experts and access-to-justice advocates to create solutions that address access-to-justice issues in British Columbia. We are a not-for-profit, proudly supported by the Law Foundation of BC. This year, The Justice Hack is presented by Clio and was hosted by KPMG in Vancouver. UVic Law will be hosting us in Victoria.
Q: What is access to justice?
A: According to Access to Justice BC, “access to justice means enabling people to avoid, manage and resolve legal problems and disputes” in a manner that is just, speedy and inexpensive.
Q: What is a hackathon?
A: A hackathon is typically a gathering where programmers collaboratively build, in a short amount of time, a working prototype that provides a solution to a problem. Our events bring together individuals with similar interests and diverse skills to share knowledge, make connections and have fun.
Q: When is your event?
A: Our Justice Hack – Vancouver hackathon runs Saturday, September 21 to Sunday, September 22. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, and requires an Eventbrite ticket that has been pre-paid. Tickets sales have now ended. (See a schedule here.)
Q: Where is your event?
A: Our Victoria event is hosted at UVic Law. (Note: access to the venue should be seamless. Contact us, preferably on Twitter, if you are a Justice Hacker experiencing issues.)
Q: What is your theme?
A: Teams are expected to build working prototypes of a solution that addresses the everyday legal challenges experienced by SMEs and/or startups. For more information on the theme and for examples of these challenges, read our participant background material.
Q: Do I need to develop a solution around your theme?
A: No – but doing so is strongly encouraged. All of the information provided and presentations at the event will be tied to the everyday legal challenges experienced by SMEs and/or startups. To be eligible to win our inaugural The Justice Hack – Victoria championship prize (with bragging rights), participants will need to pitch a solution tied to our theme.
Q: How to ask more questions?
Email hayley[at]thejusticehack[dot]org. Or message us on Twitter – we’ll be monitoring it closely. We promise.