Merlin Foundation Sponsors Boston Legal Hackathon

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The Merlin Legal Open Source Foundation is proud to sponsor an upcoming legal hackathon with Suffolk University Law School. The hackathon is set to run in conjunction with Suffolk University’s LITCON 2020, which will be held on Monday, March 30, 2020.

The Legal Hackathon will provide legal professionals and technologists a chance to work together under a tight deadline and see whether they can devise a way to improve the delivery of legal services. In this case, the focus will be on criminal defense. The developers will be asked to devise ways to make a public defender’s life easier and to improve the delivery of legal defense services. Leaders from the Tubman Project will be there to advise and guide the participants.

“We are excited to be able to participate in the hackathon and to be able to support these efforts by sponsoring prize money for the winners,” said Executive Director John Tredennick. “You might be surprised at the kinds of ideas people come up with. It can really make a difference,” he added.

The resulting ideas that come out of the hackathon will be donated as open source with the idea that the original developers can band with others to turn great ideas into finished software. Open source code is available to collaborators worldwide and can be used by anyone with no license fee. Much of the world’s Internet software runs on open source code.

Read more about the hackathon here. Please join us for a fun and productive weekend.

Conference Information

Here is information about LitCon:

When: Monday, March 30, 2020* 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Where: Suffolk Law, Sargent Hall 120 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02108 1st Floor Function Room

From March 28-29, there will be a free skills training weekend and the legal ackathon.

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