FT Innovative Lawyers Hackathon Challenge [April 27-May 17]: Register by April 26


About the Global Challenge

Today, with the COVID-19 crisis forcing businesses, governments, legal systems and individuals in every jurisdiction to confront challenges of greater scale, complexity, and severity than most have ever faced, we call upon legal innovators in every country on every continent to help develop solutions to the urgent legal and related business, government and social problems facing the world.

What is a Hackathon

A hackathon traditionally involves teams of professionals, software developers, designers and other experts working intensely over a short period of time to build prototype software solutions.

The FT Innovative Lawyers Hackathon will do this on a global scale, bringing together individuals and organizations from every aspect of the legal industry, technology industry, and government, as well as interested parties from throughout society.

Hackathon Details

Where: This is a global event, which will be held online.

Who: Law firms, in-house legal teams, new law companies, legal technology companies and individuals working or studying in the law are invited to participate in the event, either as individuals or in co-ordination with their organisations.

Cost: There is no financial request or commitment associated with contributing a challenge or participating in the hackathon. There are no monetary rewards associated with being selected for showcasing. The Financial Times, the Global Legal Hackathon, and Integra Ledger do not take financial or commercial interest in the solutions that are created by teams during the hackathon.

Intellectual property: All intellectual property remains the property of either the original owner or the inventor.

Technologies: The hackathon is technology-agnostic meaning teams can use any software or technologies to develop their solutions. However, solutions do not need to be technology solutions.

Global Legal Hackathon Challenge


  • Deadline to contribute a challenge to the hackathon: April 26, 2020
  • Deadline to register to participate in the hackathon: April 26, 2020
  • The hackathon goes live: The hackathon will run from April 27 to May 17, 2020

Presentation of Solutions: At the end of the hackathon, teams may submit a five-minute video presentation of their solution, pitch deck, and links to software or apps that have been developed.

Solutions showcased in the Financial Times: A selection of solutions from the Hackathon will be showcased in the FT Innovative Lawyers Programme in June. This will involve case studies and summaries written by FT journalists and RSG Consulting.

How to Submit a Challenge?

An organization can contribute a challenge related to the COVID-19 Crisis. After review, your challenge will be published for all participants to on.

For full details, click here.

Participation Details

Participate as an Organization: If your organization is interested in participating, click here and someone from the GLH will reach out to you.

Participate as an Individual: If you are interested in participating as an individual, please fill out this form.

Important Links

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