Event

UGent Legal Techathon

9 – 11 November 2018, The Foundry

Solving legal problems with tech solutions.
During the UGent Legal hackathon, technology and law are combined in an innovative way. Law students and students in the engineering and IT sciences work together to create a technical solution for a legal problem.

Within 36 hours you go from problem to proof of concept with the help of experienced and renowned coaches. On Sunday you will pitch your concept to our judges. The winning team will go home with a prize of 2 500 euros awarded by law firm De Groote – De Man who received the 2017 award for most innovative law business by the Financial Times.

Furthermore, the winning team gains access to the ‘pitch round’ of the prestigious The Birdhouse accelerator if they would like to develop their techathon idea even further.

Schedule

14:00

Getting to know eachother & introduction to the UGent legal techathon
Team formation

16:00

Plenary inspiration session open to a wide public with networking opportunity.

Pieter Gunst, co-founder of legal.io and coach for this event, and
Jurgen Ingels, founder of Clear2Pay and jury member for this event, will give an inspirational talk and share his experiences.

This session takes place in the Academieraadzaal at the Faculty of Law.

19:00

Discuss the problem area and define the subproblem you want to solve

9:00

Breakfast and overview of the day

9:30

Brainstorm about possible solutions and prototypes

12:00

Lunch break

13:00

Building the prototype and refining the idea

18:30

Diner break

19:30

Validating the prototype with experts
Preparing pitch

7:30

Breakfast & pitch traning

9:30

Pitches in front of jury

12:00

Lunch and announcement of winners

13:00

Wrap-up & end of the program

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We will select the most motivated students with a background in technology or law. Be sure to convince us why you will be the best candidate to participate in this limited-space event.

MEET THE Judges

Jurgen Ingels

Jurgen Ingels

Serial entrepreneur FinTech

2001 Founder Clear2pay, build the company out into a global player in the payments industry and sold it to FIS (NYSE : FIS) at the end of 2014. C2P had 1400 people and offices all over the world and worked for the top 50 global banks in the world.

2012 Co-Founder NG Data
2015 Managing partner of Smartfin capital
2015 Founder The Glue
2015 Founder eggsplore/B-hive
2017 Founder Scale-Ups.eu
2018 Organizer SuperNova

Member of the board of NG Data, Itineris,Unified post, Trendminer, Guardsquare, Projective, Itiviti, Newtec, Materialise (NASDAQ : MTLS) and Willemen group

Jan-Willem Callebaut

Jan-Willem Callebaut

Founder The Birdhouse

Connecting start-up talent with experienced entrepreneurship and capital at The Birdhouse accelerator. More information on the website of The Birdhouse.
Ingrid De Poorter

Ingrid De Poorter

Managing partner De Groote - De Man Advocaten

Prof. dr. Ingrid De Poorter lectures ‘Fiscale Deontologie at Ghent University, a position which she combines with her position as Managing Partner at De Groote – De Man, the most innovative law firm in Belgium and beyond. She regards the legal profession somewhat differently than most traditional lawyers. As smart rebels, she and the DGDM team embrace the advantages of technology and digitalisation as opportunities to help their clients and their businesses grow. Ingrid is a specialist in new domains, such as GDPR, compliance and regulatory requirements, and she is a frequently invited keynote speaker at international events. She also makes use of her expertise in her role as non-executive board member with ING Belgium.

As a lawyer-entrepreneur, she participates in the development of innovative legal tech tools to make law more accessible for everyone. After having launched the Unpaid.be platform, her team was awarded at European level with the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Award.

By taking part in the Legal Techathon, Ingrid aspires to inspire students to shake up the existing legal playground.

Bruno Lowagie

Bruno Lowagie

Founder iText

Bruno Lowagie graduated as a civil architectural engineer in 1995 (Gent University). He is the original developer of iText, an open source PDF library that is widely used accross the world. The creation of this open source library marked the start of the PDF era.

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MEET THE COACHES

Jeroen De Man

Jeroen De Man

Managing partner at De Groote - De Man Advocaten

Jeroen De Man is Managing Partner at De Groote – De Man, the law firm from Ghent, that was awarded with the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Award  in 2017.

Of course, such award didn’t turn up out of nowhere. Jeroen’s passion for technology and legal tech resulted in the development of Unpaid.be, a unique online platform, unprecedented in the legal profession. It marked the beginning of legal tech in Belgium and far beyond. As Jeroen believes legal tech is the future of the legal sector, he frequently inspires lawyers and entrepreneurs with his contributions as a keynote speaker at various international events.

With his participation in this unique Legal Techathon, he wants to bridge the gap between the next generation of developers and lawyers. As a dedicated mentor and coach, he also provides guidance to young entrepreneurs, e.g. through The Birdhouse accelerator programme.

Pieter Gunst

Pieter Gunst

Co-Founder & CEO at Legal.io

Deeply passionate about the intersection of law and technology. Most in my element when I get to work on challenging problems with smart people. On a mission to encode legal access worldwide. More information on https://www.pietergunst.be/
Eva Lievens

Eva Lievens

Assistant professor Technology & Law at Ghent University

Eva Lievens is an Assistant Professor of Law & Technology at Ghent University and a member of the Human Rights Centre and the Crime, Criminology & Criminal Policy Consortium.

A recurrent focus in her research relates to the legal impact of the design and deployment of technology in today’s society, human and children’s rights in the digital environment, and the use of alternative regulatory instruments, such as self- and co-regulation to regulate tech phenomena.

At Ghent University, Eva teaches ‘European Media Law’, ‘European Law & ICT’, ‘Cybercrime, Technology & Surveillance’, ‘Data Protection Law’ and ‘Introduction to Law’.

Michel Oosterlinck

Michel Oosterlinck

Raadsheer at Hof van Beroep Gent

Michel Oosterlinck is a judge in the Court of Appeals in Ghent, where he presides over cases concerning intellectual property, market practices and insolvency. Besides his more than 10 years of experience in the field of adjudication, he has a particular knowledge of Big Data and its interdisciplinary character.
Bram Vandewalle

Bram Vandewalle

Machine Learning & Data Science Consultant

Bram Vandewalle is an engineer in computer science. He focuses on fully understanding innovative technologies, estimating their impact and use them to the benefit of businesses.
Born in 1989, he can be considered a member of the first digital native generations. Digital and foremost mobile is his nature and you can always poke him for a quick brainstorm or discussion about any of the latest trends.

As an entrepreneur, he started working in his student years as independent app developer and grew that business into a flourishing mobile app development house. He learned the benefits of a lean and agile approach to problems.

Important values for him are: a positive attitude, creating value, work hard/play hard.

Specialties: machine learning, project management, entrepreneurship, mobile technology

Henri Jacobs

Henri Jacobs

Futurist / Adventurepreneur / Speaker / Chairman @ Techventures

Passionate about ventures, adventures, entrepreneurship, (digital) technology, people and impact. (jacobshenri.be)
Carl Vander Maelen

Carl Vander Maelen

PhD candidate at Ghent University

Carl Vander Maelen is a PhD candidate at Ghent University, investigating the transboundary effects of self-regulatory and co-regulatory instruments in the field of data protection. He also completed internships at legal technology law firm time.lex and the Belgian Embassy in the United States of America.
Rémy Bonnaffé

Rémy Bonnaffé

Corporate & M&A lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Rémy is a corporate and M&A lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Rémy advises corporate clients and financial investors on both public and private M&A, joint ventures and capital markets operations in Belgium and internationally. He is a member of the Freshfields Innovation Team, where he helps to generate ideas and develop business cases relating to innovating the firm’s legal services. Rémy obtained his law degree at Ghent University and an LL.M. at Columbia Law School. Rémy co-founded the Columbia Law School Legal Technology Association.
Jolien Coenraets

Jolien Coenraets

Manager Ghent Design Factory

Jolien Coenraets studied Computer Science at Ghent University and built her own app development company while graduating. After her studies she joined Durf Ondernemen to promote student entrepreneurship at Ghent University.

Recently she started Ghent Design Factory, a multidisciplinary organisation within Ghent University that focusses on design thinking & innovation. Ghent Design Factory is part of the Design Factory Global Network.

Femke De Backere

Femke De Backere

Postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University

Femke De Backere studied Computer Science Engineering at Ghent University. After her studies she started her PhD focussing on the use of innovative IT solutions for healthcare.

Since 2016 she is a post-doctoral researcher at IDLab, where she combines her two passions, namely educating future computer science engineers and societal relevant IT-research.

Tim Govaert

Tim Govaert

Expert Entrepreneurship at VOKA

I like to define myself as a Growth Expert! I get my energy and enthusiasm from helping people and companies grow.

I am passionate about speaking and training, both on technical skills (lean management) and human skills (personality theory, presentation skills, leadership, team building, entrepreneurship,…).

During the past years I took up several leadership roles in organisations I really care about and in projects that inspire me! “You get what you give” is my most favourite quote: the more you give to other people, the more you will eventually get back, being it love, support, opportunities, friends,… that is why I am so passionate about what I do!

Stijn De Pestel

Stijn De Pestel

Cloud consultant at Cloudway

Stijn De Pestel graduated as a Master in the Applied Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Afterwards he worked as a researcher and teaching assistant at the Ghent University. Currently he is working as a cloud consultant at Cloudway which is a part of the Xplore Group and Cronos. His fields of interest are IoT, DevOps and cloud (native) computing.
Joris Heyse

Joris Heyse

PhD Student at Ghent University

Joris Heyse graduated as a Mater in Computer Science Engineering at Ghent University, currently he is a PhD student there. His research is focused on immersive and intuitive Virtual Reality experiences for online training applications. He is passionate about societally relevant and innovative technological solutions.

Frequently asked questions

Who can participate?
All students who study Law or IT / Computer Science / ICT can take part in this legal techathon. We will select students based on their current skillset since you need to have a basic knowledge of either legal issues or technology solutions in order to participate in this techathon.
How can I use the prize?
We strongly promote to use the money to continue the work on the project. It can be used to buy devices, host a website, … The ticket to the Birdhouse accelerator can be used when you consider it most useful. This will probably not be immediately after the event. It might even be with a different idea.
Can we take a rest at night? Can we go home?
Yes, you can have some rest. The program ends at 21:00 on Friday and Saturday. Those who want can stay and continue working, or take a nap at The Foundry (bring your sleeping bag / mattress if you want to be comfortable). If you would prefer to go home that is possible as well.
I want to be in a team with my friends. Is this possible?
Teams will consist of 4-5 people with on average 50% legal students and 50% tech students. They will be formed based on interest on the legal topics that will be proposed. So it really depends on how many friends you have.
Where can I find the information of the info session?
You can find the presentation on this link.

Registration closes in

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Join the first ever UGent Legal Techathon!

We will select the most motivated students with a background in technology or law. Be sure to convince us why you will be the best candidate to participate in this limited-space event.