Participants joined the hackathon that took place virtually at the University of Oxford.
At BRYTER, we know that technology forms a core part of our personal and professional lives and will continue to play an ever-greater role. So, it must be a core part of education. This is why hold quarterly no-code hackathons for BRYTER Academy students. This year we kicked our Hackathon series off with students from the University of Oxford.
Why we host hackathons
Over the past 12 months, we have heard feedback from both students and law firms and the need is clear. On the one hand, we’ve heard how law firms and professional service providers have an increasing need for employees trained in using no-code to create legal and regulatory digital solutions. On the other hand, we have been blown away by the demand and interest from universities, students and legal tech societies for training and wanting “hands-on” experience using BRYTER. Hackathons are a fun and engaging way to test problem-solving skills and provide BRYTER Academy students with a platform to showcase their solutions.
“Fast, easy and cost-effective distribution of knowledge will be a core skill of future professionals. BRYTER Academy equips students with the tools they need to bring this understanding to their future employers and professional lives”, comments Joanna Sidhu, our Director of Marketing. The hackathon puts their learnings and creativity to use. The set time limit provides a structured way for participants to distil their ideas down to actionable solutions.
For the first BRYTER Academy Hackathon, we chose one of the hottest boardroom topics – ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance).
Following a presentation from Josephine Haschke, Head of Business Consulting at BRYTER and Ben Hemington, ESG Manager at IG, which outlined the key ESG pain points, the participants got the challenge of solving them using BRYTER. Any pain point and any solution – the only limit was their creativity and the time!
Teams had only 24 hours to complete the challenge.
Ahmet Kılıçaslan and Busra Bayzat
The winning team sought to solve one of the most challenging aspects of ESG – objective cross border application of ESG standards.
They created a contract due-diligence tool based on specific legislation which generates a compliant document. Their goal was to save time on the checking process for business partners in relation to ESG compliance.
The judges were particularly impressed with the focus on a good user experience.
Jonas Wagener and Fabian Wünnerke
In a very strong second place, the runners up created a standard for becoming ‘an ESG company’.
They created the ESG score generator which provides an objective assessment of compliance with ESG criteria allowing a company to get the ‘ESG Company’ tag.
The judges were particularly impressed with the sophisticated logic that the score generation was based on.
Congratulations to both teams!
”As Legaltech becomes an increasingly prominent feature within the legal market, we see more and more interests amongst young students, law and non-law alike, in the field. The Hackathon’s enthusiastic participation from students across diverse fields of study is a testament to this. At Oxford, one of the main barriers to entry to penetrating Legaltech has been technical know-how – many law students are intimidated by Legaltech because they lack coding skills. However, the no-code Hackathon organised by BRYTER has been an excellent opportunity for students to cross this barrier and try their hand at building their own Legaltech product. I believe that the BRYTER experience has bridged the gap between curiosity and engagement with Legaltech for many students and will serve as a launchpad for greater Legaltech interests in Oxford in the years to come.” – Tian Ma, Vice President, Oxford Fintech & Legaltech Society.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next hackathon: we host them every quarter and details can be found on our social media.
In the meantime, if you’re a student and would like to find out more about BRYTER Academy you can check it out here, and if you’re a University and would like to find out how to incorporate hands-on training with your students email us at email@example.com.