Schedule & What to Expect

Attention: Times and Dates may vary depending on your location. **Please see your Cadence Event App for your official host venue schedule.

The First Round | Hackathon Weekend

Schedule Overview

This is the global schedule framework. Hackathon participants are permitted to work on their solutions throughout the night if they wish. 

February 23, 2018

  • 4pm: Sign in and Registration
  • 5pm: Kick-Off and Team Formation
  • 6pm: Hacking Begins!

February 24, 2018

  • 8am-9pm: Full Day of Hacking

February 25, 2018

  • 8am: Hacking
  • 7:30pm: Presentations are due to host organizers  (though teams can continue to work on their solutions until presentations begin)
  • 9pm: Pitching to Judging Panel
  • Team pitches are limited to five minutes sharp!
  • 11:59pm: Deadline for hosts to submit winning team to Global Organizer

What to Expect From Start to Finish

Day One

  1. Show up: You show up either as an individual or as part of a pre-formed team. 
  2. Sign-up and Registration: Your host location will have a sign-in and registration area. You will be asked to ensure you've signed the terms and conditions. If you haven't you will not be considered a participant of the Global Legal Hackathon. 
  3. Start: Your host will likely have an emcee or someone to start things off. They may have speakers present, local entertainment or they may choose to dive right in and get started!
  4. Mix and Mingle: After the start you will be directed into a mix and mingle session where you will have the opportunity to meet and match up with team mates, or if you are part of a pre-formed team, you will have the opportunity to find additional team members. Some host locations may permit a 60 second pitching period where you will have the opportunity to quickly pitch your idea to the room, so that others can learn about what you want to work on and may wish to talk to you about working together in a team.
  5. Team Registration: you will then register your team with the host organizers, and they will then direct you to the space they have set out for your team to work on your solutions. 
  6. Begin Hacking!: Once teams have all been formed and have found their designated spot at the venue, it's time to begin hacking! Dive right in, and don't forget to start with a project map to scope out how you want to work on things throughout the weekend. Check out the Tech Toolkit and Other Resources too before you get started to see if there's any tools you might like to use, or ideas to help you get started. All you need is your computer and your team mates! 
  7. End of Day One: some locations may choose to just finish the night, others may have something planned to finish the night, like a pub crawl or other social event. 
  8. Keep on hacking through the night? Sure if you want to! But your hosts are not required to provide the accommodations, so you'll have to organize with your team, and can continue to use Slack for communications if you wish!

Day Two

  1. Show up: return to the venue at your hosts start time for the day.
  2. Start: your hosts might have something planned for the kick-off to day two. But if not, 
  3. Continue Hacking!: the second day is all about working on your solutions. Your hosts may have a scheduled lunch or other  break periods scheduled, but in general this is the day to get cracking and work hard. 
  4. End of Day One: some locations may choose to just finish the night, others may have something planned to finish the night, like a pub crawl or other social event. 
  5. Keep on hacking through the night? Sure if you want to! But your hosts are not required to provide the accommodations, so you'll have to organize with your team, and can continue to use Slack for communications if you wish to keep on working on your solutions throughout the night.

Day Three

  1. Show up: return to the venue at your hosts start time for the day.
  2. Start: your hosts might have something planned for the kick-off to day three. But if not, 
  3. Continue Hacking!: you will have time on the final day to continue working on your solutions. Make sure you know when you need to submit your presentations by, as it might be different at your host location. This is your day to tie up the loose ends:
    • complete your presentation set
    • organize your team around pitching. Who's going to present? Are you going to take turns? 
    • Do you have a demo to present? If so, figure out how you're going to best show case it. 
    • Are you only half way done your project? Don't sweat it! Make sure your presentation covers all aspects, and present your demo or prototype as a "look to the future", ie. here's what we plan to do with it, and how we plan to build it out, and here's what we have now.
  4. Pitching to the judging panel!: all hacking stops, this is the moment you've all been waiting for!! Your hosts will have a space set up for teams to present in front of a judging panel. This is a full group activity, where everyone can be part of the audience, and teams will be called up one by one to present to judges. 
  5. Pitching ends: once all teams have finished pitching, your judges will step away to talley up the results. Your organizers might have something planned during this time, but if not, hang tight because the next part is where the real fun happens. 
  6. Winning teams announcements: hosts will announce the winning teams for your city location. They may have their own fun award structure set up, woo hoo! The first place winner will be selected to go on to the esteemed second round of the Global Legal Hackathon, and the top three winning teams from your location will be submitted to the Global Organizer Committee. Only the first place team goes on to the global round, but the top three are submitted incase the first place team can't accept the second round invitation for whatever reason. 

The Second Round

March 11, 2018: Additional detail on the way!


The Final Round

April 21, 2018 in New York, New York!