Hack The Law! 2018

Legal Tech Lab organised the first hackathon in Finland that addressed legal issues by solving them with legal technology for students in October 2017.

Event was a great success and we are happy to announce that HTL! is coming back this year!

HackTheLaw! 2018 takes place on 12-14 October at Tiedekulma in Helsinki. Join other 50+ students from different countries and backgrounds studying for example law, design and computer science to compete for the prizes. This is a great change to meet future professional with a passion for learning and creative problem solving.

Hack The Law! Registration open until 10.10.2018


Join a weekend-long intensive dive into the world of legal technology, during which the students work in groups mentored by top professionals of the trade. This year we are offering two challenges to choose from:

The Challenge 1: Tools and technology for legal professionals

As legal technology has increasingly made its way to the legal sphere, further integration into the sphere is seen by means of facilitation and improvement of tools to legal professionals.

What are the tools that allows a legal professional to solve an issue more efficiently? Is it a chatbot delivering legal services or a calendar displaying dates of a court hearing?

The Challenge 2: Assistive legal tech for persons with disabilities

Technology is the instrument to make massive progress on inclusive society - a society where everyone has equal opportunities. Under certain circumstances principles such as equality emanate from the law, however leaving the implementation to the society and its members.

Questions remain to be addressed such as: what are the assistive legal technologies that enable persons with disabilities to exercise rights and overcome barriers in an efficient way? Is it through a software giving access to the legislation or is it a device helping a person with disabilities to navigate in the court?

As a learning event the high-energy weekend will be unforgettable and the multidisciplinary approach offers the students a great chance to network with future professionals. Law students will gain real-life experience by stepping outside the theoretical legal realm and joining tech-minded people in tackling a concrete problem head-on. IT and design students will get insight on the emerging legal tech scene.

The Grande finale: Prizes and a chance to shine at think corner stage

The reward? Make an impact and have a chance to present your work to industry influencers and win fame and glory. Oh yes, and prizes. The weekend will end with an epic wrap-up party.


The event and presentations at the Stage are open to public

  • Fri 12.10.2018 5pm-6pm
  • Su 14.10.2018 4pm-8pm
Friday 12.10 Saturday 13.10 Sunday 14.10


Registration @ Think Corner

8:30-10:00 Breakfast @ Hannes Snellman 10:00 Think Corner opens


Event launch @ Stage

10:00 Think Corner opens 10:15-11:00 Pitch coaching by Perfektio @ Think Corner Basement
18:00 Legal Design Workshop by Helena Haapio @ Basement 10:15-10:45 Workshop by Herkko Hietanen on product viability 11:00 => Mentors available for guidance
18:30-19:15 Idea pitching, team formation @ Basement 11.15 => Mentors available for guidance 14:00-15:00 Lunch @ Think Corner Fönster
22:00 Think Corner closes 12.00-13.00 Lunch @ Think Company (Think Corner 2 floor) 15:00 Deadline for hacks
15:00 Afternoon coffee @ Think Corner Basement 16:00 Presentations @ Stage
19:45 Moving to Dottir 18:00 Prize ceremony
20:00 After Hack @ Dottir 21:00 Tiedekulma closes
00:00 Dottir closes

Tiedekulma, Think Corner, Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki

Hannes Snellman, Eteläesplanadi 20, Helsinki

Dottir, Pohjoisesplanadi 35 Aa, Helsinki


Faculty greetings by Pia Letto-Vanamo, Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki

Legal Tech: Working Together for Better Access to Justice, Riikka Koulu, Director of Legal Tech Lab

Legal Tech Lab’s Empirical Study on Lawyers’ IT use, Legal Tech Lab student volunteer

Introduction to Track 1: Tools and Technology for Lawyers, Asianajotoimisto Turunen & Co.

Introduction to Track 2: Assistive Legal Tech for Persons with Disabilities, Jukka Kumpuvuori, Lakitoimisto Kumpuvuori Oy / Law Firm Kumpuvuori Ltd

Closing Remarks: Tatu Mäenpää & Liis Leedo, Legal Tech Lab

Judging criteria


  • Focus on balance of different aspects
  • Usefulness / practicality
  • Quality and impact of the pitch
  • A solution that connects a wide range of talent and diverse backgrounds of the team’s members


  • Focus on balance of different aspects
  • Usefulness / practicality
  • Quality and impact of the pitch
  • A solution that connects a wide range of talent and diverse backgrounds of the team’s members


  • The most creative prize goes to the craziest idea that is not necessarily viable or workable in practice, but illustrates commendable thinking outside the box
  • Shows unique use of design thinking in solving legal problems/issues/access to legal information

Catherine Bamford

Catherine Bamford is the CEO and founder of BamLegal and is the UK’s leading Document Automation and Workflow Design specialist. Catherine is also a qualified Project Manager and was previously a Real Estate Lawyer.

Catherine helps law firms and in-house legal departments improve their legal service delivery through the use of legal technology. Clients include Latham & Watkins, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, Reed Smith, DLA, Al Tamimi, Mishcon de Reya, Taylor Wessing, Simmons & Simmons, Ashurst, Irwin Mitchell, DWF, Pinsent Masons, BCLP, Support Legal and ASDA.

Anna Ronkainen

Evert Nõlv

Evert Nõlv is CEO & Founder of legal tech company ExtendLaw. ExtendLaw is a legal know-how management software provider, whose clients include 2/3 of the TOP30 Law Firms in Estonia.

Evert has also worked for legal tech company RavelLaw in San Francisco and been an IT Advisor of Supreme Court of Estonia.

Evert is active legal tech advocate and currently a co-host of Estonian Legal Hackers and ambassador of European Legal Technology Association.

Herkko Hietanen

Jussi Mäkinen

My name is Jussi Mäkinen and I work as a chief legal counsel at Technology Industries of Finland. Our association represents 1 600 Finnish manufacturing and tech companies. The key areas in my work are regulation, both at EU and national level and business law. We are actively pushing forward regulation that accelerates digitalisation and use of AI solutions. Previously I have worked in telecoms and as a civil servant in the Ministry of Communications. I also have expertise on copyright and data protection law.

Pilvi Alopaeus

Perttu Lähteenlahti

Perttu Lähteenlahti is serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Perfektio. Perfektio specializes in building new products, services and startups based on open innovation challenges such as hackathons. Perttu has designed, built and pitched products in over 70 hackathons around the world.

Heikki Naski

Heikki Naski is a Senior Software Developer at Edita Publishing where he works with legal and procurement services and has 10+ years behind him as a professional programmer in a wide variety of business domains. In addition to developer duties Heikki has experience in all relevant aspects of software development including innovation, vision building, testing, deployment, server administration, project management, team dynamics and consulting.

Henrik Gustafsson

Teemu Kemppi

Janika Silvennoinen

Tanja Alatainio

Tanja Alatainio is a lawyer whose interests include basic and human rights and whose work focuses on disabled people's rights in particular.

Janne M. Korhonen

Janne M. Korhonen is a researcher interested in the relationships people have with technology. He has prior work experience in product development.

Antti Raike

A senior advisor in accessibility and barrier-free campus, Aalto University. Raike promotes and improves accessibility on education, research and daily activities on Aalto services and campuses.

Kristiina Kartano

Vice President of Jaatinen Centre for families with disabilities; Vice President of Disability and Accessibility Council of the Lutheran Church in Finland, Equality supporter, A mom of a son with a rare disability, Former Member of the National Council on Disability; been involved in a Disability Project in Cameroon and EU Disability Card; had the floor in UN Headquarters as a Member of Delegation of Finland at CRPD Conference, and Raoul Wallenberg University in St. Petersburg etc. As a theologian, a social ethicist. Jaatinen Association shares the joy of life for the children with disabilities!


Sakari Melander

Sakari Melander is a professor of criminal law at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. He is currently also the vice dean (responsible for education) of the Faculty. His main areas of research are criminal law theory, constitutional dimensions of criminal law and EU criminal law.

Jukka Kumpuvuori

Jukka Kumpuvuori has been involved in the Finnish disability rights movement for 20 years. He graduated from Law Faculty of the University of Turku. He has worked through several research projects and contributed reports to the ministries of Social Affairs and Health and the Foreign Ministry, and ILO.

From 2010 he started his own law firm that focuses purely on disability rights litigation. At the moment the firm has 400 cases pending nationwide. He does plenty of pro bono, for example, representing currently all under 18 years persons with disabilities for free of charge.

In February 2018, he represented his client to take the first individual communication to the CRPD Committee. Simultaneously, he is the legal representative in a case pending at the Court of Justice of the European Union. He also organizes discussion events on disability rights extensively around Finland (60 events over past 3 years with 4.000 participants).

Kumpuvuori is a strong advocate of changing the society through legal system in general and litigation in particular. He works to systematize various advocacy approaches at the individual and organizational levels.

Kumpuvuori promotes the idea of Finland as the model state for disability rights with strong legislation on welfare benefits and anti-discrimination.

Tuomas Turunen

Turunen & Co partner & owner.

Hannele Korhonen

Hannele Korhonen is a lawyer-entrepreneur who has founded her own law firm, co-founded startups and worked as an advisor and counsel for banking and technology. Hannele is a Co-Founder of Contract Mill, a contract automation platform for lawyers to help them to leverage contract automation for client-centric business. Hannele is a passionate advocate for using technology and design to improve access to justice for all.

Sanni Eronen

Sanni Eronen is a technology consulting and project management expert who works for Accenture. She has graduated from University of Eastern Finland majoring in Law and Economics and planned to become a researcher but through some career experimenting found her passion in technology delivery and business transformations. Currently she focuses on digitalizing Public sector in Finland.

Altti Mieho

Altti Mieho LL.M. works as Develoment Manager at Edita Publishing. He has several years experience in designing and creating tailormade and curated legal information services. In his current tasks Altti is focused on helping clients to be in top of legal requirements by ensuring easy access to relevant content.


Outcomes are judged by a panel of professionals on basis of submitted documentation of the project and given presentations.

1) Winner of challenge 1

2) Winner of challenge 2

3) Most creative

Who can apply?

Register as individual and we will help you find a inter-disciplinary team.

All students from all research or applied science universities. Students may receive study credits for attending. Please check with your university if this applies to you.

Deadline for registration is 10.10.

Does it cost to attend? Participation is free. Food and drinks are provided.
Do I have to have technical skills? You can attend even if it is your first hackathon and you have no technical skills. The idea is to bring together legal, tech and design. Enthusiasm and an open mindset is all that is required get a great learning experience and introduction to the field of legal tech.
Do I need a team? All participants apply as individuals. The teams are formed around pitched ideas selected on the first day of the HackTheLaw.
Who owns the intellectual property of hacks?

Teams retain any intellectual property rights of hacks.

The Legal Tech Lab reserves the right to publish presentations and/or other material submitted to judging on its website or other relevant sites for the purpose of marketing and promoting its work.

What to bring?
  • Laptop
  • Lots of creative energy
Where can I ask more questions? info@hackthelaw.fi