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.
How much does it cost?
Will there be food?
We are catering for more than 200, maybe up to 400 participants comprising more than 20 teams. There will be a plentiful supply of tea, coffee, water and meals (sandwiches/pizza, etc. - kindly provided by our sponsors). We'll add more details here soon (and we'll cater for non-meat eaters or gluten free too, but please warn us if you have any special dietary requirements).
What are the times of the Hackathon?
The times for the Hackathon are as follows...
How can I promote the event on social media?
Join us in writing about the event on twitter, facebook, instagram and your blog. Tag your posts and tweets with the hashtags #GLH2020 and #London too. Share our posts and tweets, and check out Artificial Lawyer and the GLH Blog as well.
Can I bring an idea or some code that I've started to the hackathon?
Of course, you can definitely come with ideas and do your research beforehand, as long as they haven't been materialized into actual tangible products or organizations prior to the start of the event.
Will there be communication with teams & attendees in the run up to the event?
This website will always have the definitive information and links to what's going on for the GLH in London, but all participants will receive regular email updates, for attendees as well as hosts, helpers, mentors, judges and the global organisers. You can use the form at the end of this site to communicate ahead of the event, ask questions of the London host team, as well as check out Global hackathon issues. It might be easier to join our Slack community and don't forget to join the #glh-london channel specifically for the London event. Contact us if you need an invite, but each newlsetter will have a reminder of how to join. You will be able to communicate there with other London attendees in advance.
Can you explain Registration and electronic Acceptance of the rules?
How can I help?
What size teams can enter?
Teams should be a minimum of 3 and a suggested maximum of 6 (but no more than 10).
Have you got any tips so I get the best out of the event?
Yes, follow this link for some ideas about what to do before the hackathon in the attendee knowledge base, and have a good look around at all the advice there.
How is GLH2020 London connected with Pink Floyd?
In 1963 Roger Waters and Nick Mason met while studying architecture at the London Polytechnic (which became the University of Westminster). They first played music together in a group formed by Keith Noble and Clive Metcalfe with Noble's sister Sheilagh. Richard Wright, a fellow architecture student, joined later that year, and the group became a sextet with the name Sigma 6. Guitarist Bob Klose joined in 1964, prompting Waters' switch to bass. In 1964, as Metcalfe and Noble left to form their own band, guitarist Syd Barrett joined. The band went through many name changes, eventually settling on the Tea Set. Klose quit the band in mid-1965 and Barrett took over lead guitar. The group first referred to themselves as the Pink Floyd Sound in late 1965. Barrett created the name on the spur of the moment when he discovered that another band, also called the Tea Set, were to perform at one of their gigs. The name is derived from the given names of two blues musicians whose Piedmont blues records Barrett had in his collection, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
How is GLH2020 London connected with Jimi Hendrix and Cream?
How late can we work, do we have 24/7 access like last year?
Pretty late, but not 24/7. Unfortunately at the Marylebone Campus we don't have 24/7 access like last year. It will stay open till 23:00 on the first Friday evening, and 22:00 on Saturday evening. The facility opens at 8 in the morning. On Sunday, following the awards ceremony the event will finish no later than 19:00.
What teamworking space do we have on Campus?
How will the Hackathon be judged?
We have assembled a team of 6 judges - check that section in this FAQ.
What are the rules and guidelines?
The Global Legal Hackathon Competition Official Rules can be found here. Attendees must acknowledge acceptance of the rules to participate in the event. Go to that page, follow the link to EchoSign and electronically sign your acceptance.
How can I help?
As well as hacker teams and participants, we need helpers on the day, mentors to advise the teams, judges and sponsors. If you want to get involved, please, email Robert Millard or David Terrar.
How can I sponsor the event?
What technlogies can my team use?
There are no restrictions, you can use any technology that makes sense or that you have access to.
What productivity tools and resources do you recommend we use?
As with technology, you can use whatever tools and resources that make sense for your team.
Should my team be using Design Thinking?
Design is crucial, and you ought to make sure you've got design expertise in your team. We definitely recommend you consider a Design Thinking approach for your project at the hackathon.
Can I bring an idea or some code that I've started to the hackathon?
You can definitely come with ideas and do your research beforehand, as long as they haven't been materialized into actual tangible products or organizations prior to the start of the event.
What about the BRYTER no-code platform?
Is there a general help resource for attendees and teams?
There is a very comprehensive global attendee knowledge base for all teams and attendees linked here.
I've registered, what should I do before the Hackathon?
Watch for news here and in our email newsletters. You can connect and collaborate with other Hackathon attendees before the start by joining the GLH Slack community. Follow that link, but also once you are in join the specfic #glh-london channel for our London event.
Can teams connect and collaborate in advance of the event?
Judges & Mentors
Who are the judges?
We are delighted with this year's talented and experienced judging panel:
Elizabeth Duff (Dean of Westminster Law School)
Chris Grant (LawTech Director at Barclays Ventures)
Rosemary Martin (GC, Vodafone)
Jenifer Swallow (Director, LawTech Delivery Panel)
Who are the mentors?
We won't allocate specific mentors to specific teams, but we do have a great line up of roving mentors to help, advise and challenge the teams across all of the disciplines. Some will be available all weekend, while others will volunteer time when they can across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please don't hesitate to make use of them.
For any questions or queries, please, use the contact form below.