May 4, 2016


Official Rules

2016 State Bar of Georgia / Access to Justice Hackathon

Official Rules

Mission Statement

The State Bar of Georgia (“Sponsor”) through its Access to Justice Committee is hosting the State Bar of Georgia / Access to Justice Hackathon (“Event”) to encourage the legal and technology communities to develop innovative tools to help low-income individuals in need of access to lawyers and legal services for civil legal issues. Our goal is to create and implement technology-based solutions that will improve such access and increase the productivity and reach of Georgia’s legal aid organizations.

The Challenge

Create a technology-enabled solution to improve or facilitate the delivery of legal aid services to the citizens of Georgia who cannot afford a lawyer. The solution may be anything that improves or facilitates the access to, or delivery of, legal aid services. For example, a* solution might simply make information about legal aid services more publicly available, or it could be an entirely new system that helps lawyers more efficiently use their limited resources to better serve the needs of their legal aid clients. Be creative in thinking about how you can assist the goals of the legal aid organizations.

Event Location

• The event will be held at the State Bar of Georgia Headquarters at
• 104 Marietta St. NW, Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 (“Event Location”)

Dates and Times

Start Date: The Event will begin at September 12, 2016 at 9am ET.
Submission Date: All submissions must be submitted by September 13, 2016 at 4pm ET.
Presentation Period: All participants must deliver their presentations during their assigned presentation period starting on or about September 13, 2016 at 4pm ET)
End Date: The Event will end at September 13, 2016 at 5pm ET.
Award Date: Prizes will be awarded on or about the End Date.
• Times are subject to change as determined by the Sponsor.


• All participants must register at the website for the event at (“Event Website”)
• Participants may be individuals or multi-person teams.
• Participants are permitted to form teams in advance of the Event, but every member of a team must individually register for the Event on the Event Website and designate whether they are part of a team.
• Teams also may form at the Event on their own or through assistance of the Event organizers.
• Teams are encouraged, but not required, to include a lawyer or current law student in order to best meet the judging criteria. However, lawyers and access to justice experts will be available at the Event Location for consultation during the Event for all teams and individual participants.


• Participants should refer to the five “Components of the Integrated System” discussed in the Legal Services Corporation (“LSC”) of America’s 2013 report on the use of technology to expand access to justice. A complete copy of the LSC Report is available here. Submissions should be in the form of a technology-enabled solution that, in line with the concepts discussed in the LSC Report “Components of the Integrated System,” addresses the general or specific needs of the state’s legal aid community while keeping in mind the more general goal of insuring broader access to justice.
• Valid submissions are any type of technology-enabled solution and may include code, software, mobile applications, websites or blogs. Submissions may also be multi-platform. For example, an online database for facilitating general legal inquiries could feature a website, mobile application, and/or web-enabled solution.
• All submissions must be original to the Event and the submissions must be produced within the time period for the Event. Judges may, in their sole discretion, disqualify any submission that they have reason to believe was substantially created before the start time of the Event.
• Teams are not permitted to begin actual coding or other work on their submission until the Start Date. However, teams are permitted to brainstorm solutions and put design concepts to paper before the Event officially begins.
• Submissions are due by the Submission Due Date and must be submitted through the Event Website. There will be no extensions of the deadline.
• Parties are encourage to work at the Event Location but will be permitted to work remotely. Team leads must be present for the presentation and award portion of the event.


The judges will award a total of $3,500 as follows:

• $2,000 to First Place
• $1,000 to Second Place
• $500 to Third Place

Prizes will be awarded based on the Judging Criteria listed below. If a winning submission is by a team, the prize money will divided and individually awarded in equal amounts to each registered participant on the team.

Judging Criteria

Prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions. The judges will take into account a variety of factors, including but not limited to information given during the presentation to the judges, and assess the overall quality and performance of the entries produced during the Event, including but not limited to:


• Does the final product work?
• How close to completion is the submission?
• How user friendly is the submission for its intended audience?


• How unique and innovative is the entry?
• Is it distinguishable from other products or services available in the market today?


• What problem does the finished product hope to address/solve?
• How critical is the need that the product addresses?
• Does the app/outcome have any ability to grow or change over time?


• How creative is the solution in terms of addressing a need or challenge faced by the legal aid organization(s)?
Additional Details
• Participants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and have a valid social security number to tax identification number to be eligible for a prize.
• Participants are responsible for all taxes associated with winning a prize. Winners will be required to complete tax forms and prize affidavits prior to receiving a prize.
• All participants must be able to present a valid, government-issued photo ID in order to participate in the contest.
• All participants must register on the Event Website. Participants may register at any time but no later than the Start Date.
• During the Presentation Period, at least one member of each registered team must appear in person at the Event Location during their assigned time to present and explain their team’s solution for the benefit of the judges. The presentation should explain (1) the problem being addressed and (2) how their team’s submission helps to solve the issue.
• The order of presentations will be determined after the Submission Date and will be communicated to each participant via the email address the participant gave at registration.
• Presentations of solutions may not last more than 10 minutes.
• A team or individual participant’s failure to present to the judges may result in its disqualification from the Event.

IP Representations

• By submitting an solution, each participant warrants that his or her submission consists of original work product or properly licensed items of the participant or their team, and in no way infringe on the intellectual property rights of another person or entity.
• The Sponsor and its partners make no claim to any intellectual property, source code, or applications developed as part of the Event.
• All third party licenses and additional fees necessary to implement a submission must be disclosed.
• All participants acknowledge and agree that all work product of participants are provided: (i) with no rights reserved pursuant to the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication Terms; or (ii) if disclosed as part of the submission, subject to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.


As a condition of participation in the Event, each participant agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Sponsor, its partners, and their officers, directors, members, and employees from any and all claims, demands, suits, liabilities, losses, damages, or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and litigation costs) arising out of or related to participant’s submission, infringement of any intellectual property or other proprietary rights, or participation in the Event.

Media Release

As a condition of participation in the Event participants grant Sponsors, promotional partners, and members of the media the rights to publicly disclose competition and event information, explain and review entries and ideas developed and presented during the Event, and to display any Event-related photos, screen shots, and links to publicly available demonstrations of submissions.


• State Bar of Georgia
• 104 Marietta St. NW, Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia 30303