As part of our automation hackathon season, we participated as the tool of choice at the Future Lawyer Week USA’s hackathon. For this hackathon edition, we had five diverse and motivated teams from leading US law firms building remarkably innovative applications.
In general, when doing hackathons, producing market-ready applications in a limited amount of time can be a challenge. This is where no-code platforms like BRYTER can help. They accelerate and facilitate the development process significantly. They enable the transformation of conceptual ideas into tangible, enterprise-ready software products. In other words: They allow lawyers and professionals from the legal industry to digitize knowledge, making it scalable, efficient and business ready — in just a couple of hours.
Nevertheless, it is always a challenge for new users to understand new software and use it productively.
For this hackathon edition, we had five motivated teams from leading US law firms building remarkably innovative applications. Lawyers, legal engineers, legal project managers, and software developers were among the diverse group of participants we had in this session.
Our CEO Michael Grupp kicked off the event by giving participants a brief introduction to legal automation and our no-code platform: BRYTER. Following this, Felix Kirchberg, one of our customer success managers, did a one-hour onboarding session to give participants an overview of BRYTER’s key features.
We wanted our participants to experience BRYTER at its full potential; we wanted to ensure a clear understanding of its capabilities, integrations and possibilities.Felix Kirchberg, customer success manager at BRYTER
After the teams were onboarded, our Head of Business Development Johannes Maurer facilitated an ideation session in which he introduced a few proven use cases; this, in turn, allowed participants to grasp the possibilities of BRYTER in a more tangible way.
From 0 to ready-to-use app in five hours
Participants worked together with enthusiasm and, after less than five hours, were able to present their ready-to-deploy apps to the jury. The results were interesting. Participants built applications that were not only legal-focused but also process- and business-oriented; practical solutions that facilitate everyday life in law firms’ operation teams.
As the teams used BRYTER’s platform exclusively, they were able to take a focused approach in creating their solutions. Read about the benefits of using a focused approach as highlighted in a recent article by Artificial Lawyer.
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Among the solutions, teams came up with a client relationship improvement tool, a search engine tool for legal technology, and a request for proposal (RFP) tool. The RFP solution consisted of a self-service tool that provides guiding information and automates the proposal process, allowing clients to level the playing field.
The winning team from Winston & Strawn LLP built a tool to automate the information gathering and document generation process for SEC and FINRA filings (in the preparation of an IPO). According to the team members, the deployment of this tool could save up to two weeks of work! Awesome, no? No coding knowledge needed, no previous experience with the platform, and in less than five hours.
Highlight of the day
In previous editions of our hackathons, most of our participants have had a legal background; on this occasion, we had more diversity with the participation of business-oriented and operations professionals. It was great to see how BRYTER was used, not only as an expert legal reasoning automation platform but as a process-oriented tool. Participants automated processes that otherwise would have been done manually.
Creating a new app from scratch is always a challenge, but the usability and functionality of BRYTER makes things a bit easier — as evidenced by some outstanding applications created during the hackathon.
We cannot wait for the next one!
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