International Hackathon Coming to 444
Global Legal Hackathon, an event hosted in dozens of cities across the world, will be coming to 444 E Second Street on February 23rd. The Dayton Legal Hackathon is a 54-hour event with the goal of building a product that could help the legal industry and is sponsored by CuroLegal, Mile 2, and Wright Brothers Institute. Dayton is one of 11 cities in the United States taking part in the event and is joining major tech hubs like San Francisco, New York, and Seattle in hosting a local event.
Hackathon’s follow a simple model but have been known to create some incredible products and features, ranging from GroupMe to the Facebook “like” button. The event begins with attendees pitching their ideas and then organizing themselves into groups for the weekend based on the idea they most want to work on. The best groups typically include a cross-section of experts in their fields and new people willing to push themselves. For this event, teams may include lawyers, business professionals, tech experts, marketers, and developers, among others. This is also a great opportunity for students looking to gain real experience and network with career lawyers and developers.
At the end of the event, groups will pitch their product idea to a panel, similar to ABC’s Shark Tank. The winning group will be given the opportunity to advance to the second round in New York City.
Although the competition may sound fun, this is an opportunity to major build your community. Participants will be able to be an entrepreneur for 54 hours (maybe more if the product has legs) and expose themselves to a vast field of experts, making the event a great networking and hiring opportunity.
“This is truly a career-changing experience.” Said Dave Best, one of the founders of the Dayton event and Director of Innovation at Mile 2. Dave, a serial hackathon organizer, said he got the idea to bring hackathons to Dayton a few years ago after attending the Columbus Startup Weekend and saw the level of community engagement and ideas. He says that participants will be able to, “Create new skills with this opportunity.”
The event will begin on Friday February 23rd at 4:00PM and will run until about 10:00PM. Saturday will go from 9:00AM to 10:00PM and Sunday will run from 9:00AM to around 5:00PM. Participants are encouraged to stay the whole time to get the full experience. Food will be provided throughout the event.
Interested in sponsoring or attending this event? Visit their website at http://daytonlegalhack.com and click on the registration page.