Seattle Social Justice Hackathon
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November 6th and 7th, 2015
Sullivan Hall Lower Level
Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
Hackathon Theme: Legal Services For All
At least 80 percent of the legal needs of the poor and two-thirds of the legal needs of middle income Americans are not met. Seattle University’s Social Justice Hackathon will unite the legal and tech communities to create innovative solutions to American access to justice.
We’re looking for projects that seek to eliminate the gap between those who need civil legal services and those who provide legal resources. Participants include developers, designers, lawyers, law students, business developers, "idea people", or anything in-between!!
Teams can work on a project of their own interest or select from any number of problems suggested by our community partners. Ideas of all sorts are accepted, from Web and Mobile Apps to Wearables and Algorithms.
Register for this event and sign up to get involved!
RSVP HERE: http://socialjusticehackathon.com/
Developing educational platforms to empower and inform citizens of their legal issues, and legal actions that they may independently pursue.
Legal portals that use an automated triage process to direct people needing legal help to the most appropriate form of assistance and that guide them through the legal process.
Clean And Simple
Mobile technologies that reach more people more effectively and the application of business process/analysis to legal activities to streamline interactions and improve efficiency.
Fast And Easy
Document-assembly applications that support the creation of legal documents by service providers and by litigants themselves.
- Self-help resources for short-staffed legal clinics (more info)
- KCBA Neighborhood Legal Clinics/ Resource
- Money order and cash payment application (more info)
- Housing Justice Project - Kent, WA
- Have a project idea? Create a "New Hackpad" using the button in the toolbar for your organization OR send a message to our lead coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
- DLAW is free API for building public information websites. DLAW is developed and n supported by Legal Service Corporation (LSC) Technology Initiative Grants. For more information about DLAW see OpenAdvocate Websites service which includes DLAW hosting and technical support. http://openadvocate.org/dlaw/
Design Ideation Tool
- The Legal Design Toolbox is a set of resources for aspiring designers who are approaching legal challenges with a creative, generative, human-centered approach. The toolbox provides you with guides, tools, and examples to help you scope & tackle these challenges with design. The toolbox is structured by the type of challenge you’re trying to solve. Use the menu to navigate to the challenge area you think best fits the problem you’re tackling. http://www.legaltechdesign.com/LegalDesignToolbox/
- Zillow Hack Housing is a hackathon that garnered amazing success in solving some of Seattle’s most pressing housing problems. Their HackPad is still open with plenty of ideas and datasets that you are welcome to use: https://hack-housing.hackpad.com/Hack-Housing-Empowering-Smarter-Decisions-A-Weekend-Hackathon-bIV6BKqPoAY
- Access to Justice and Technology Clinics: A 4% Solution, Ronald W. Staudt & Andrew Medeiros
- Access to Justice Clinical Course Project, CALI and CAJT
- Access to Justice: Using Technology and the Crowd, From Bleak House to Geek House: Evolving Law for Entrepreneurial Lawyers – Brooklyn Law School – April 4, 2014
- American Bar Association Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives
- Brennan Center for Justice, New York University Law School
- CAJT, the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Center for Access to Justice & Technology
- CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
- Columbia Law School, Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic
- Fordham University School of Law, Urban Law Center—Conference, Until Civil Gideon – Expanding Access to Justice, November 1, 2013
- Georgetown University Law Center, Technology, Innovation & Law Practice
- Innovating Justice Forum (international scope)
- Justice 2.0—Online Dispute Resolution, SXSW 2014
- Justice, Lawyering and Legal Education in the Digital Age—Symposium, Ronald W. Staudt and Marc Lauritsen, editors, 2013.
- Law Help Interactive, national online document assembly service
- New York State Courts Access to Justice Program
- Open Law Lab, Access to Justice Innovations
- Pro Bono Net
- ReInvent Law Laboratory
- Responsive Law
- Richard Zorza’s Access to Justice Blog
- State Commissions on Access To Justice
- U.S. Department of Justice Access to Justice Initiative
- Using Technology to Enhance Access to Justice, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, Fall 2012
- 2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update — Final Report, Civil Legal Needs Study Update Committee, Washington State Supreme Court - October 2015
- Public Safety Open Data Portal
- Open Data Network (Socrata’s searchable collection of public datasets)
- Data.gov (more info on the White House Data Initiative)
- Police Open Data Census (police interactions with citizens in the US, including Use of Force, Officer-Involved Shootings, and Complaints Against Police)
- National Police Misconduct Reporting Project
- Public Safety Data on the Open Data Network
- Hack The Commute Data Portal
- SPD Blotter (RSS Feeds available)
- Tweets by the Beat (Hyper-local SPD activity)
- Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Data
Friday, November 6, 2015
Arrive at the venue and get checked in
6:30pmWelcome & Opening Remarks
Welcome from the Organizers and Annette Clark, Dean of Seattle University School of Law
Opening Remarks from Hon. Donald J Horowitz
7:00pmFood & Networking
Review agenda for weekend, enjoy dinner, network & socialize amongst attendees
Optionally line up to give your pitch
Teams start forming and discussing ideas
Start to formalize teams and and begin hacking. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend. Meetings with coaches
12:00pmLunch and Intersession Speaker
Eat food and hear remarks from our intersession speaker Professor Milan Markovic
1:00pmContinue Work and Presentation Prep
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, finalizing demo, tech-check for final presentations also takes place
Sponsor Remarks then Hackathon teams present their social justice solutions.
7:00pmDinner and Keynote Speaker
Eat food, and listen to remarks from our keynote sponsor Marty Smith
8:00pmJudging and Awards
Judges deliberate and announce winners
8:20pmWrap Up and Go Home!
Thank all of the sponsors, speakers, judges, participants and community partners
- What is a hackathon?
- A hackathon is an event where members of the community are invited to use their ideas, data analysis, design, and software development skills to “hack” together tech-based solutions to problems.
- What is the goal of this event?
- We want to build tools that help Seattle increae the access to legal services to the City’s low income and moderate means population who cannot afford legal services. This can take the form of new apps, modifications to existing apps, data visualizations, design hacks, and anything else our volunteers imagine.
- What can teams build?
- This event is not focused on any single mode of social justice. Tools that improve the experience of a single mode (increase access through triage, data viziualization, mobile apps) are welcome, as are tools that help residents better understand their legal issues in order to serve themselves.
- How will work be judged?
- We will select three teams from the November hackathon to advance to a championship round in January. They will be judged based on the impact their tool will have on improving legal access.
- What will teams win?
- The top three teams will receive direct support from our sponsors and community partners to get their project ideas off the ground! In addition, the winners will present their polished projects in January at a "Demo Day" in front of City, District and National Social Justice stakeholders. Stay tuned for the date and venue.
- Can I participate remotely?
- To qualify to present, we expect teams to be around for most of the hackathon and to complete work during the time we’ve set aside. However, if you can’t join us but have ideas or resources to share, we invite you to contribute on our HackPad
- Do I have to have a team to participate?
- No. In fact, we encourage people to show up as individuals and form teams on-site. Part of the value of this event – and the fun – is connecting with people from different communities and perspectives. Some participants, such as designers and writers, may find themselves floating between teams. That’s okay with us.
To get to know you all, we’d like to have teams state their Project Title, Team Members’ Names and Roles and a short description of what you’re working on. We’re excited to see what you end up making... See our example below and introduce yourselves!
- [Project Name] - [Team Member Names (and Roles)]: [Project Idea]
- Project Social Justice - Miguel Willis (Legal Hacker) and Daniel Sandoval (Designer): We’re making a hackathon that you’ll never forget!
- Housing Justice Project - Michael (Legal - Project Owner), Destinee (Project Manager), Jacob (Legal), Rahn (SDET), Liam (Android Dev), Allison (UX Designer), Diana (UX Designer), Chris (iOS Dev): Mobile app for clients facing eviction due to lack of rental (or other documents of proof) evidence to present in legal cases
- NLC Resource Dispersion Optimization - Sara Huang (EVP of Front End Development), David Sessoms (Senior UX Designer), Akash Badshah (Principal Solution Architect), Adelaine Shay (Legal Partner), Austin Chang (Senior Managing CSV Partner), Dan McKeown (Pacific Pelican), Rene Miller (Executive API Manager): Our team is better known as the Social Justice League. Adelaine is guiding our team to develop a solution to more easily share self-help legal resources with clients that the Neighborhood Legal Clinic serves. We’re creating this innovative solution through an inventive application of cutting-edge web technologies.
- LawZing - Carly (Legal), Sean (Legal), Forrest (Legal/Front-end), Carl (Designer/Dev.): Curating online legal self-help resources.
- Conflict Hacking Guide - Jim Levy (Legal & Conflict Coach), Ket Ng (Jack-of-all-Trades Intern), Tom Seymour (Attorney & Software Developer), and Dan (Consultant of All Things Code). Conflict Hacking is a triage-style site that will guide people to information, resources, and attorneys in order to help them resolve conflicts in their lives.
- WAIAC project- Marina Romo (Project lead from WAIAC), Chuck Sweet (Developer), Kristina Voros (Designer), Steve Pederzani (Law Student rep) : Our team is building a website to help promote authentic Indian arts and crafts in Washington.
- The Court Whisperer - Katherine Alteneder (Project Lead), Mathias Burton (UX), Dan Liebling (Dev), Bob Watson (UX), Taylor Lea (Dev), and Judd Deaver (Dev). Court Whisperer is a mobile application that enables people to fill out court forms by speaking and that produces a finished, properly formatted court document.
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For all participants, our sponsor F6S has provided thousands of dollars worth of business and development resources to help with all of your projects: https://www.f6s.com/deals