Free to enter - supported by our Our Sponsors
Our goal - improving the practice and business of law, and access to law
March 6-8, 2020 / University of Westminster,
Marylebone Campus (near Baker Street station)
and this year we've added the GLH Inclusivity Challenge
Cambridge Strategy Group, Agile Elephant, and University of Westminster are the joint hosts of the London event for the world’s largest legal hackathon – the Global Legal Hackathon (GLH) on March 6-8. On the 8 March a winner will be declared for London and that team will go through to the global (virtual) semi finals on 22 March. The finalists will be announced, and those teams will be invited to the gala finals held at a banquet in London on a date and a venue in May to be announced shortly. Go to our FAQ section for a complete explanation of how to enter, get involved, the rules and guidelines, timings for the hackathon weekend and all of the information and resources available. This site covers the London event, follow this link for the Global site, or this link for the rules & guidelines.
The goal is to bring the legal industry together, world-wide, to apply innovative ideas and emerging technologies to progress the business of law, or to facilitate access to the law from the public.
More than 5,000 participants, in more than 50 cities
and the Global Final is in London!
Sustainability and COVID-19 Virus
To try and reduce waste from the event please bring your own water bottles to use at the refill points and travel mugs for hot drinks. We will have a supply of paper cups for those that don't bring their own.
We are following the NHS guidance on COVID-19, which is currently "business as usual" for public event and gatherings. It says you only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.
We’ll have a limited supply of hand sanitiser at the meal times, but it would be great if you bring your own, as well as using the hand washing facilities at the Campus.
And please, don't forget to tell us in advance if you have special dietary requirements.
What is a Hackathon?
Nothing to do with hacking computers!
A hackathon is a competition where multi-disciplinary teams come together to collaborate, build and launch mobile, web apps or any other innovations aimed at solving a particular problem. They usually work in small groups over a couple of days. People can come individually or as a team, with an existing idea to pitch, or to listen and join one of the teams that will be formed at the start of the event. The goal is to come up with a prototype or proposal at the end of the hackathon to present in front of a panel of judges.
In our case teams will be a minimum of 3 and no more than 10. Anyone has the chance to pitch an idea at the start of the event on Friday evening, teams will be formed, they’ll work over the weekend, and then present to the judges at the end of the weekend. A winner will be declared for London and that team will go through to a global competition, culminating with a winner announced at a banquet in a city and a date to be arranged. Check out our FAQ for all of the latest London news, information, rules, guidelines, timings for the hackathon weekend and how to enter.
GLH Inclusivity Challenge
The Global Legal Hackathon has announced a worldwide collaboration with with She Breaks the Law, RSG Consulting, and global law firm BCLP to launch the GLH Inclusivity Challenge. Since this year the GLH weekend coincides with International Women’s Day (March 8), the idea is a natural fit! The challenge is as follows:
“Participants and teams around the world, in every Global Legal Hackathon city, are challenged to invent new ways to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in the legal industry.”
At the conclusion of GLH weekend, a local winner of the GLH Inclusivity Challenge will be selected by each city alongside the main winner, and will progress to a global semi-finals too. This will be an extra stream and, like the main stream, finalists will be invited to the GLH Finals & Gala, to be held in London in mid-May. On top of that, the overall winner of the GLH Inclusivity Challenge will be invited to present its solution during a diversity and inclusion summit that BCLP is planning to host in September, where leading figures from the industry will be asked to commit to ensuring the idea is brought to life and scaled up to deliver a lasting impact on the legal industry as a whole.
The London event for the world’s largest legal hackathon – the Global Legal Hackathon (GLH) will be held at University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus at 35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS (near Baker Street station). They are kindly providing use of an auditorium, classrooms and work spaces right in the centre of London.
The Hackathon will take place in over 50 cities globally.
The Hackathon will take place in over 6 continents.
The Hackathon will be hosted by over 60 companies.
Hosts and Sponsors
London Venue and Supporters
BRYTER's no-code platform
For GLH2020, along with law firms BCLP and White & Case, our 3rd technology sponsor is Berlin/London based no-code automation platform BRYTER. Their product is a software platform that allows lawyers to develop applications without coding, so an ideal addition to the technology options available for participants in GLH2020.
If you would like free access to BRYTER during the hackathon, then please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include details of your team members, your organization and a brief description of what you are looking to build with BRYTER. If you want to use their platform in this way, the deadline for submissions is March 3th, 2020, 8 pm. Our friends at BRYTER look forward to hearing from you.
For any questions or queries, please, use the contact form below.