On Saturday 21 November 2015 the Law School of the University of Strathclyde hosted HackTheLaw2015 - a one-day workshop during which students are tasked with developing products aimed at disrupting the legal market.
As the legal market is still heavily under-technologised and works by the traditional billable hours, the demands for legal services by a large segment of the population are largely unmet.
The participants from the University of Strathclyde, the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University were first coached by the expert advisors Ann Davidson and Lesley Hetherington from the Scottish Institute for Enterprise and Josh Sauter from Enterprise Campus West. They coached the participants in business basics, how to scan the horizon for upcoming challenges and opportunities for law firms and the art of delivering crisp 'elevator pitches' to potential investors.
The panel of judges consisting of seasoned entrepreneurs, academics and start-up consultants was impressed by the insightful and disruptive business models the participants developed in such a short time. The finalist teams, codenamed FirmLinks, ElecScotProperty and CaseTime, all addressed known technological shortcomings and inefficiencies in the legal field.
While all the business concepts had strong commercial potential and were encouraged to avail of the support systems of the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network and Enterprise Campus West, Group 1 with their product FirmLinks was voted the winner by the judges.
The event, the first of its kind, proved to be a great success and it was decided to make it a regular yearly event, open to all Scottish universities.
Following the event, Russell Dalgleish, Chairman WeAreTheFuture, who was one of the judges, said:
"It was inspiring to attend the first HackTheLaw event and I must admit I was blown away by the quality of the entries.
Christian Geib and the University should be commended for arranging such a professional event but the real winners were the finalists who all delivered killer pitches. I look forward to attending future events.
Anybody interested in next year's event can get in touch by email.