New Technology Tools the Focus at Tech for Justice Hackathon

March 16, 2016

New Mexico Legal Aid recently partnered with the Internet Bar Organization and Chicago Kent Law School to hold a Tech for Justice Hackathon in conjunction with the ABA Techshow. This event was part of a 2015 Technology Initiative Grant made by the Legal Services Corporation. It was held March 12–13 at the law school.  

The goal of the hackathon was to identify and create law practice-based technology solutions to roadblocks in access to justice for victims of domestic violence. Projects were aimed at addressing one of three issues:  

  • Legal Conflict Prevention and Escape Preparation
  • Emergency crisis support
  • Post-crisis support

The first place project was ProCal, an app that helps victims of domestic violence build their cases by collecting and organizing data. On a smartphone/tablet the app looks like a normal calculator app until the user enters an unlocking code.

Second place was dvServe, a website where volunteers can sign up to help those seeking protective orders by serving court papers on alleged abusers in cases where service might be difficult using normal process servers.  

Third place was Elevate, an app that allows victims of domestic violence to be in control of their data. The data is recorded on the smartphone/tablet, encoded, password protected, then converted to a QR code that can be printed and shared with whomever the user chooses. This keeps the data in the users control, but prevents them having to repeat the details again and again.

In total, seven teams competed in the event. Judging took place Sunday evening and each team received a prize that was donated to local shelters.

  • First Place: $1,000 to Local Shelter
  • Second Place: $750 to Local Shelter
  • Third Place: $500 to Local Shelter
  • Four honorable mentions with $100 each to Local Shelter

Sponsors of the event were:

  • Rocket Lawyer
  • Manousso Mediation and Arbitration, LLC: Conflict Resolution Coaching & Training
  • Kusamotu & Kusamotu
  • Holistic Solutions, Inc.
  • Aresty International
  • Direct Law
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
  • Mobile Makers Academy
  • State Bar of Texas Computer & Technology Section

Supporters:

  • Project Prospera
  • Illinois Legal Aid

Partners:

  • Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network
  • Legal Assistance Foundation
  • New Mexico Legal Aid
  • ABA Techshow
  • Internetbar.org Institute, Inc.

Click here to learn more about this event.