PDPC and Singapore Academy Law organising Singapore’s largest legal tech hackathon

Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) and the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) have announced that applications are now open for Singapore’s largest legal tech hackathon - TechLaw.Fest Hackathon.

The 48-hour hackathon is open to students and professionals – ranging from legal professionals, software developers and designers -- and will be held in conjunction with regional law tech forum, TechLaw.Fest 2018.

The competition challenges participants to come up with innovative solutions to everyday problems faced by lawyers, in-house counsels, users of legal services and data protection officers (DPOs) in Singapore. To emphasise the importance of personal data protection, teams will be expected to incorporate Data Protection by Design in their solutions.

Under the Data Protection by Design approach, organisations consider the protection of personal data from the earliest possible design stage, and throughout the operational lifecycle, of the new system, process, product or services, instead of bolting on data protection measures at a later stage.

These challenge areas are drawn from 100 legal industry problem statements collated by SAL’s Future Law Innovation Programme [1] (FLIP) – a strategic initiative launched in January this year to prepare the legal industry for technological disruption. The challenges also include four data protection problem statements.

The list of problem statements can be accessed here.

The top three winning teams will receive prize vouchers of up to $6,000 and the opportunity to develop their solutions further under SAL’s FLIP Accelerator Programme.

“Technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence and smart contracts will impact the business models of legal services.” said Mr Paul Neo, SAL’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

“FLIP aims to prepare our legal community to become future-ready by helping law firms and legal professionals understand, develop and integrate relevant technology solutions to help in the future practice of law. Collaboration to cross-pollinate ideas between the tech and legal sectors is key to achieve this, and this hackathon is an excellent opportunity for the legal and tech sectors to co-create new services and operating models for the delivery of legal services in the future economy.”

“Digital disruption and transformation is inevitable for every sector, and thus it is critical that new and innovative ideas be presented to help drive the sector along,” said Assistant Chief Executive (PDPC) Yeong Zee Kin, IMDA. “The PDPC believes competitions such as TechLaw.Fest’s hackathon help sectors work through their challenges and discover new solutions and technologies to keep them globally competitive.”

The hackathon will be held on 4 – 6 April 2018 at Suntec Convention Centre.

[1] FLIP comprises three components, the first two of which were part of the launch. They are a Legal Innovation Lab located at the Collision 8 co-working space across the road from the Supreme Court. This is dedicated incubator for legal innovation and is open to tech-enabled law firms & legaltech startups. The second is a virtual collaboration platform called LawNet Community. It will serve as a networking & collaboration tool for the legal industry and facilitate access to technology tools. The third component, South East Asia’s first legal tech accelerator to groom promising legal tech start-ups, will be launched in April.

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