Forming and Joining Teams
This is a real hackathon. It is expected that teams will build working applications, proofs of concept, or prototypes, as well as presentation materials to explain, pitch, and present the application. That being the case, teams will benefit from diversity in skill sets – for example an attorney, an application developer, a graphic designer, a businessperson.
Teams can consist entirely of participants from one organization or can include participants from many organizations. Participants are encouraged to form teams prior to the event to ensure that teams have the requisite skill sets to actually create a legal tech application and the related pitch and presentation materials but all teams must be willing to accept individual participants on the first day of the event. This is to encourage diversity of thought and experience, as well as to include participants who were unable to join a team prior to the start of the weekend.
Teams must arrive at the event having not begun development, though they can have pre-discussed ideas or agreed upon an idea and recruit team members to help develop it over the weekend.
If someone wants people to join their team, they can pitch a 60 second idea to all of the attendees. Here is an example of how a pitch works: Sixty Second Pitch
Joining a Team
Individuals can participate by joining a team at their event. In the event that a participant does not join a team prior to the weekend, that attendee can join a team on Friday night after the pitches are complete.
Teams must consist of a mandatory minimum number of three (3) participants with a suggested maximum of six (6). Ten (10) people is the absolute max.
Teams: How do teams determine which topics to address?
In general, teams are free to make the competition their own by developing their own focus – from competitive to purely educational. That said, teams should have an agreed purpose for their participation, to help to guide their activities. Examples include:
- A group of very tech savvy law school students may choose to organize a “competitive” team in an attempt to progress through the judging rounds to go to New York City.
- A team representing an in-house legal department of a company may choose to focus on solving a specific legal operations problem.
- A group of teams sponsored by a law firm may invite clients to join the teams in order to work on problems of mutual interest.
- A group of students may wish to collaborate with other schools or local organizations in solving access to justice challenges.