Legalweek Innovation Competition is Looking for New Answers to Old Problems
The Product Innovation Competition will feature new innovations developed specifically to service the many different sectors of the legal industry. Judges are looking for innovations that can bring big change in creative ways.
At the Product Innovation Competition during this year’s Legalweek (Jan. 28- 31), technologists will assemble to show off the next generation of data analytics, e-discovery and legal research tools. An awards presentation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31 on the Legaltech LITE stage, presided over by a panel of four judges who are spending their holiday season trying to whittle a slew of applications down into a selection of six finalists.
Haley Altman, who’s moonlighting as a judge in addition to her day job as the founder and CEO of the project management platform Doxly, believes the competition has come along at critical time in the relationship between the legal and technology sectors.
“We’ve kind of been behind every other industry in terms of adopting technology or trying to find ways to fit it into our practice,” Altman said.
Some of that can be attributed to industry-specific hurdles inherent to the practice of law. Tech products that are developed with a broad marketplace in mind typically don’t take into consideration things like attorney-client privilege or confidentiality rules.