KWM and UTS collaborate to bring legal innovation to life

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King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for the 2017 #breakinglaw Hackathon – a competition where multidisciplinary teams of students from across UTS will collaborate with lawyers from KWM to develop technology-driven solutions to real-life legal problems.

Taking place from March 31 – April 2, teams will be asked to formulate and pitch innovative ideas to a panel of judges in response to complex legal problems. The event involves rapid design, prototyping and validating of ideas with mentors, with the top three teams eligible for cash prizes totaling $15,000.

KWM Executive Director of Innovation, Michelle Mahoney, said the #breakinglaw Hackathon represents an interesting intersection where law and technology meet, addressing themes around the 21st century digital environment including remote working, online personal data, drones and regulatory compliance.

"The Hackathon is not just about ideation, it is a practical opportunity for both students and lawyers to build on their innovation skills through collaboration and problem solving."

UTS Law Dean, Professor Lesley Hitchens, said the Hackathon would enable students to diversify the way they conceptualise and respond to law-related issues.

"Being able to think laterally about a range of problems is an essential requirement for lawyers of the future," she said. "The #breakinglaw Hackathon is another way we are preparing students to take up the opportunities offered by the changing nature of the legal profession."

This event follows KWM's successful Hackathon with the University of Melbourne in August 2016. The firm continues to pursue such collaborations with leading educational bodies, to provide unique learning opportunities that will help the next generation be future-ready.