Cleveland-Marshall College of Law partnered with the Monte Ahuja College of Business StartUp Vikes program and event sponsor BakerHostetler to host the Global Legal Hackathon for Northeast Ohio February 23-25. The Cleveland site was one of 11 local sites in the United States and 40 throughout the world across 22 countries spanning six continents.
“The Global Legal Hackathon participants worked in teams with law and computer science, students and tech professionals from BakerHostetler to develop a technical solution to a law or legal-industry related problem,” explained C|M|LAW Professor and Center of Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Director Brian Ray, who organized the Hackathon. “I want to thank Bob Craig and his fantastic team at BakerHostetler as well as the StartUp Vikes program for partnering with us and working so hard to make the event a success.”
The winning group at the Cleveland competition, “Team INCO-Herent,” featured C|M|LAW students Dana Beveridge, Mara Hirz and Jackson Biesecker along with University of Akron law student Kevin Burwell and BakerHostetler technology pro Mark Bruenig. Their winning project consists of an interactive website and smart contract application that simplifies international shipping INCOTERMS and creates automatic smart contracts for shipping. The website and decision tree were fully operational by the end of the competition, and they hope to have a beta version of the smart contracts prepare for the national Global Legal Hackathon competition in March.
The second place finisher, “Team GreySchool,” included C|M|LAW student Brendan Whitted. The group developed an interactive set of online games and information to teach kids and others how to become an ethical hacker and the legal consequences of blackhat hacking.
“I couldn't be prouder of our participating Cleveland-Marshall students, they have created some truly impressive projects,” said Ray. “By participating in the Hackathon, they have a law school experience on their resumes that can truly set them apart to a legal recruiter and show they are prepared for real-world practice. Best of all, they learned a lot and had a ton of fun.”
An experienced panel of judges, BakerHostetler Legal Innovation Designer Diana Stern, Cleveland Foundation Chief of Digital Innovation and CIO Leon Wilson and TCDI VP for Cybersecurity Eric Vanderburg, assisted two expert interrogators, Monte Ahuja College of Business Executive in Residence and former E&Y Legal and Regulatory Head for Sub-Saharan Africa Jim Deiotte and Flashstarts CEO Charlie Stack, in selecting the winner. Additional mentors to the teams included Sterling Talent Solutions General Counsel Chris Deiotte ’15, InfoGPS Founder, President & CEO Paul Hugenberg, Cleveland-Marshall Law and Urban Studies Professor Joe Mead and C|M|LAW student and last year’s StartUp Vikes winner Marcus Noel.