Hackathon gains highly commended award
(9 February 2017)
A Hackathon event organised by the Faculty Business Engagement team, with international law firm Freshfields Brukhaus Deringer (Freshfields), and the Manchester Deaf Centre, gained a ‘highly commended’ award at the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s Better World Awards.
The Hackathon, which was recognised in the Awards’ Inspiring Communities category, was the first time students from the schools of Law and Computer Science were brought together to explore the new field of LegalTech – the development of technologies for application in the Law sector. Working with the Legal Advice Centre and Manchester Deaf Centre, the Hackathon asked students to consider the challenges faced by the deaf community in accessing legal services and develop working programmes, apps or websites to address these and improve accessibility.
Outputs from the competition were very well received by both the Deaf Centre and corporate sponsor Freshfields. There is now potential for the programmes to be further developed by the students via postgraduate projects in Computer Science or placements at Freshfields, which the winning team and several other participants have been offered.
The University is currently undertaking a research project with Freshfields to explore the potential for LegalTech and its impacts on the law sector. In the future specific LegalTech modules may be introduced for students in both Law and Computer Sciences, allowing them to specialise in the emerging field.
The Business Engagement team supports academic collaboration with commercial businesses, government, public sector bodies, NGOs, the voluntary sector and cultural organisations through research, consultancy, teaching, placements and CPD. For advice and support on any of these activities or relationship building with new partners, please contact the Faculty Business Engagement team.