On Friday June 3 at 5:30 p.m., the Legal Hackathon 2022 organized by Wolters Kluwer Polska officially began. This is a competition for those who are able to combine law with modern technologies. – I am very happy that we are holding our competition for the fifth time, because we are such a vehicle that allows participants to create, test and then sell their idea – said Włodzimierz Albin, President of Wolters Kluwer Polska. – Some solutions born in previous editions are already marketed. For them we have created the LEX Hub platform, where you can buy them – says President Albin.
The organizers hope that this year there will be ideas for digital solutions connecting people and their needs. – Due to the tragic events in Ukraine, we decided to add the following challenges to the event: Help for victims of war, Cross-border technology, through which – always in the spirit of LegalTech – we would like to help refugees – explains Marcin Kleina, board member of Wolters Kluwer Polska. And it is fortunate that Hackaton takes place live, in the premises of Wolters Kluwer Polska. – The remote hackathon was ok, but it’s always better to talk directly to the teams – he adds. This year alone, one of the nine teams is working remotely. It’s a team from Ukraine.
Brainstorm, bag of ideas
Oskar Kwiatkowski from Wrocław is already participating in the third hackathon, but a year ago he did not participate in the remote version. “They don’t recognize the online version, it’s fun to meet and exchange ideas, experiences,” he says. This year he is in the group Lost with four girls from all over Poland and another boy. Do they already have an idea? – We have some ideas that we want to turn into products for the daily work of lawyers. We are looking for a signal where we hear noises – explains Kwiatkowski.
– Many interesting ideas and extraordinary solutions – this is what this year’s hackathon looks like, according to legal counsel Damian Nartowski, one of 30 mentors who accompany participants in creating projects for three days. Last year, the idea that I noticed on the first day took second place – he adds.
– Admittedly, special and extraordinary situations require special measures, and in the case of LegalTech, to strive for tools or to create them that will be a response to the legal, regulatory and technological challenges that accompany it, admits Barbara Szczepańska of the firm of lawyers Hogan Lovells. the day she leads the information support team in the Warsaw office, and during the Legal Hackathon she is a mentor. – After two years of the pandemic, we already know that the use of technology in the practice of law is inevitable. These solutions don’t have to be complicated. Rather, it is about creating practical tools to solve current and often pressing problems. In 2020, in the special category Inclusivity Challenge GLH 2020, in which programs promoting the integration of various social groups were evaluated, the prize was awarded to the creators of the easyGRATION application, created to support foreigners in the procedures of ‘immigration. On the other hand, last year’s Hackaton was won by the “Informka” application, which facilitates the work of litigants in the field of collecting procedural documents from the Common Courts Information Portal. Certainly, the participants of this year’s Hackathon will come with their problems that they want to solve. I hope these will not be problems for a very narrow and closed group the beneficiaries and each of the proposed projects will be able to achieve the scale effect – he adds.
How to sell an idea and implement it
Many ideas created during the Legal Hackathon have already been implemented. One of them is inteliLEX, an application for drafting contracts, winner of the Warsaw edition in 2019, but also of the Global Legal Hackathon in New York. Its authors told Friday how they went from dreamers to sellers of start-ups. – You have to have a vision, don’t forget it, don’t do everything at once, have an interdisciplinary team, remember customers and check business assumptions quickly – says legal advisor Agnieszka Poteralska, co-creator of inteliLex . Karol Kłaczyński adds that a startup is also a business, and without rational actions, dreams are not enough.
Dr. Szymon Łajszczak, the creator of Vigilex, who is a mentor this year and last, also has some advice for participants. – Hackathon projects are primarily threatened by two things: excessive team growth and the resulting blurring of leadership and accountability. If a hackathon idea is going to turn into a full-fledged product, it needs a leader who can spread the excitement among the other team members. Everyone should also know what their role is in the team. It is worth thinking about it right away, otherwise, when everyone returns home, it will be difficult to speed up work on the project again. The hackathon lasts three days, but the commercialization of the developed solution is a task of several months, sometimes years – if we lose sight of the product vision and the specific tasks, the more tangible professional or family responsibilities will come to the fore rather quickly – explains Dr. Łajszczak.
The first ideas are already Friday
There were nine kick-off teams on Friday night:
- No name – they want to create certificates that don’t expire.
- Primitiv Skład – think of a tool that allows you to plan your career or change it in an organized way.
- Risk of – an application that helps you learn about legal risks on the Internet.
- Team 4 – creation of a community of paralegals.
- Surplus of lawyers – application with machine learning for legal research
- Code and cakes – is to facilitate the completion and authentication of documents for people from abroad
- Last but not least – user rights and protection.
- Lost – look for signals where only noise can be heard.
- WeAreUkrainians – they think of a useful website for people affected by war.
The number of teams may still change. – We are waiting for the development of events, the final projects are still unknown, they change often, even several times – says Marcin Zręda. However, the most important thing is that the project is ready on Sunday. So there is not much time.
– I encourage you to plan your work at least to a minimum extent, i.e. be ready on Saturday noon, every evening, and what for the final on Sunday – advises Marcin Kleina, member of the board of directors by Wolters Kluwer Polska, director of project management and software development, member of the competition jury. – Because it’s important that the band has something to show on Sunday. A good idea, but poorly presented, has less chance of winning – concludes Kleina.
And the jury selects the best. This year, the choice will be made by:
- Agnieszka Dziegielewska-JończykLegal Advisor, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Polish Association of Corporate Lawyers
- Kamila KurkowskaPresident of Women in Law, CEO Firemind,
- Marcin Kleinadirector of project management and software development, board member of Wolters Kluwer Polska
- Ryszard Sowinskyprofessor and rector of WSB, adviser to lawyers in the field of management and strategy,
- Dr. Dariusz Szostekprofessor at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia,
- Krzysztof Wojdylopartner, lawyer Wardyński i Wspólnicy.