Tech ideas challenge with a Social Justice twist
Allens Neota UTS Law Tech Challenge 2018
Helping people who are facing homelessness is just one of the projects currently underway as part of the latest Tech Challenge in the UTS Faculty of Law.
One of the difficulties for today’s law students is to understand disruptive technologies and develop the knowledge and skills to deal with them.
Sponsored by international Law Firm, Allens and in partnership with software firm, Neota Logic, the UTS Tech Challenge for Social Justice asks students to come up with ideas which utilise App technology to help promote access to justice for those who can least afford it.
UTS students enrolled in the Brennan Justice and Leadership Programme are taking part in the challenge which is running for the second year.
Competitions to design smart apps are nothing new but at the UTS Law School, there’s a different focus - the students work specifically with Not-For-Profit organisations.
For example, one student group called ‘Justice by Design’ is partnering with a Melbourne pro-bono legal service to help disadvantaged clients fight eviction.
Another team, ‘B-hive’ is looking at the needs of a Refugee Legal Service which wants to streamline its evening advice service.
UTS Law’s Dr Philippa Ryan is overseeing the challenge and says all the ideas are impressive.
This year’s teams are thoughtfully innovative and technically competent - a magic combination when designing apps to solve practical problems for community legal centres.
The Challenge is unique because it has a high level of industry involvement. Allens lawyers meet regularly with students to workshop their ideas and help develop their apps.
Allens Partner and Head of Innovation, Anna Collyer says it is a mutually rewarding process.
As well as being an increasingly important competency for lawyers, new technologies can transform the way individuals and organisations interact with the law. We're delighted to be working with some exceptionally bright future lawyers at UTS to unlock new possibilities for our pro bono clients.
The teams are learning that by combining innovative thinking and legal technology, it is possible to solve social justice problems.
An expert panel will determine the winning App at the Grand Final in early August.
Learn more about the Tech Challenge and The Brennan Leadership Programme