Open Source Hackathon

19th, 24th and 31st March 2021

Legal Tech & Access to Justice

The pandemic is widening the justice gap, with a sharp increase in the problems that many people face at a time when it is harder to get legal support. It has exacerbated many justice issues for those in vulnerable groups and low-income communities who are hardest hit by job or rental insecurity, homelessness and eviction, cybercrime and reduced access to criminal justice systems – now more than ever there are more people needing access to legal advice and help with understanding their rights.

We would like to invite participants with a mix of skills (legal, technology, design, project management) to come and take part in our open source hack event on improving access to justice.

The Challenges

How can advice calls be more efficiently logged, catalogued and shared? [Forms / Workflow] Sponsor: Luke Albarran, North Bristol Advice Centre
How can technology help asylum seekers and migrants to document evidence of abuse? [Language detection / multimedia / NLP/ app design] – Sponsor Maddie Harris, Humans For Rights
How can technology help victims of domestic violence and their support advisors to access legal aid? [Python / Docassemble / UI design] – sponsor Cathryn Blyth, Voices Charity
How can technology help to standardise advice and mentoring support given to refugees? [Python / Docassemble / App design] – sponsor Richard Thickpenny, ACH
How can volunteers who support people through court proceedings better capture interview feedback during client interviews? Sponsor: Jeremy Thompson, Support Through the Court

The Dates

19th March (09:30-13:30)Introduction and Targeted Training (Prototyping, DocAssemble etc)
24th March (09:30-13:30Challenges and Team Formation
25-30 MarchOffline Team Working with Mentoring
31st March (09:30-13:30)Demonstration and Judging

The Prizes

  • £100 voucher for each member of the 1st placed team
  • £25 voucher for each member of the 2nd placed team

Please Register!

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