From February 8th to 10th 2017 the Berlin Legal Tech will take place. It is a unique event in the emerging field of Legal Tech, spearheaded by Legal-Tech Pioneer Prof. Stephan Breidenbach, European University Viadrina, and Florian Glatz, a lawyer and software developer, one of Germany’s most prominent thought leaders on blockchain technology.
LegalTrek is proud to be part of the event, helping the organization and sponsoring the event.
The three day event begins with a hackathon, where lawyers and software developers will jointly identify problems and develop solutions. Accompanied by legal knowledge engineers, lawyers with technical expertise, ideas will be generated in an open format, teams created around shared interests and the concepts and prototypes will be pitched in a friendly competition. The most convincing and forward-thinking contributions will be awarded by an expert jury.
The actual conference – the Berlin Legal Tech 2017 – will take place on February 10th. The winners of the hackathon will present their ideas and products and renowned speakers will have the opportunity to give their view on how the digital revolution will affect law and legal practice in the near and far future.
Topics, Trends, Discussions
Our speakers come from both the legal and tech industry. They all share an innovation mindset. Together they will talk about and discuss among each other the following topics:
Blockchain Technology and its feasability as a new foundational technology for legal transactions is one of three big topics at the event.
Another pillar of the event is the concept of industrialization and how it relates to legal processes such as a contract negotiation, formation and performance. Also, increased automation can lead to lower barriers of access to justice for those parts of society that are currently underserved in that regard.
Last but not least Artificial Intelligence will keep us busy at the conference. Law & AI promises to make your next due diligence a breeze, by offloading time consuming research and auditing tasks to lightning fast neural networks trained on millions of model contracts.
Legal Tech Hackathon and Workshops
Germany’s first Legal Tech Hackathon intentionally brings together software developers, the digital revolution’s driving forces, and legal practitioners for the first time. Under the umbrella of “hacking.law” we promote a long overdue dialogue between these two groups.
Legal practitioners, lawyers, students
Legal consulting is on the verge of fundamental change. With some delay, law is hit by digitization, bringing about deep change. Meanwhile legal education is not keen on change and innovation. There is much as it is because it has always been no different.
The Legal Tech Hackathon aims at changing this. We invite legal practitioners, lawyers and students to dive in the world of digital innovation for two days. Technical background knowledge is thereby not a requirement at all; in fact, legal practitioners can make a significant contribution by means of their legal expertise to create innovative Legal Tech products and services.
Legal Engineers are legal practitioners who already have a profound technical understanding. They have understood to – mainly autodidactically – gain valuable knowledge of how digital technologies can be used. Their knowledge is meant to be shared, commonly expanded and sharpened.
During the two-days Legal Tech Hackathon, they will translate and bridge the gap between curious legal practitioners on the one hand, and software developers and designers of digital products on the other hand. Thereby, they serve as a role model for the future legal practitioner.
Software developers and designers
Software developers and designers are the driving forces behind our society’s digital transformation. They are the architects of tomorrow’s society. The overall social responsibility is a heavy load to carry on their shoulders. In this respect, legal practitioners, having been responsible for society in a whole for centuries already, therefore are crucial stakeholders to provide valuable input and assistance.
A humane digital future can only be built together. We invite software developers, designers and digital entrepreneurs to open up for a dialogue.
Our hackathon consists of a number of building blocks that together try to maximize our participants capacity to use their creative design thinking to come up with new and revolutionary ideas.
Everything starts with an idea: What is part of legal practitioners’ everyday professional life which can be simplified, accelerated or even eliminated? How can work processes be improved? And in general: how can legal advice and legal practice be rethought? Think creatively, think big, every idea counts! In this respect, legal practitioners can provide valuable input, ideas, for instance, in the field of contracts (templates, analysis, execution, etc.), document and IP management as well as CRM tools for legal practitioners.
Ideas and technological possibilities are put together with the help of legal engineers. Afterwards, participants form teams in accordance with personal interests. There are no specifications in respect of the composition of the team. Every team will be supported by the present legal engineers.
The teams implement their ideas by starting to hack. The goal may be, but not necessarily, to develop a functional prototype. As a competition entry, it is also possible to theoretically elaborate an exciting idea. Legal engineers help legal practitioners to be productive in the teams, to contribute to the implementation of the idea and to fulfill original legal tasks within the team.
Workshops for Legal Practitioners
Workshops will be provided by experts in the fields of Blockchain, AI, software development, design thinking and other fields to ignite curiosity and to provide basic knowledge.
More infos on our official website www.berlinlegal.tech
Get your tickets for the hackathon (feb 8-9) and the conference (feb 10) directly at eventbrite: