– A Singapore legal tech start-up team, Regall LT, has been chosen among 14 finalists worldwide to participate in the Global Legal Hackathon Final Round Gala in New York on 21 April 2018.
The team, comprising of Abdul Shafiq Bin Mohd Yussaini, Chia Chong Cher, Leonard Tan, Marc Chia, and Rodney Yap, will be pitting their skills against the other finalists from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, Nigeria and the USA.
The team was selected from nearly 50 participants in the Singapore edition of the Global Legal Hackathon, co-organised by the Singapore Academy of Law’s Future Law Innovation Programme (FLIP) and Thomson Reuters from 23 to 25 February 2018.
Regall is a local legal technology company developing an AI-based file management software that automatically scans, tags and maps references in documents to streamline documentation in businesses and law firms.
“Our solution helps allow more focus on the analysis of documents by removing the mundane pain points of administrative work. Then you can really focus on bringing value, extracting the full value technology has to offer,” said Rodney Yap from the Regall team. “This is especially important in Singapore’s context, as we try to brand ourselves as a legal hub for the region. This is not possible without leadership in technology. Technological adoption by legal firms and in house counsel is a very important step in enabling Singapore in this regard.”
Following up on this, FLIP will be organising the TechLaw.Fest Hackathon, South East Asia’s largest legal tech hackathon. This is a 48-hour challenge, which commences on 4 April 2018 at Suntec Convention Centre. The hackathon is open to students and professionals – ranging from lawyers, data scientists, software developers and UX designers – and will be held in conjunction with regional law tech forum TechLaw.Fest 2018.
Challenge areas will include 101 legal industry problem statements () collated by FLIP over 3 months in consultation with lawyers, in-house counsel and users of legal services. The report listing these problem statements, “101 Problem Statements – Challenges & Opportunities for the Legal Sector”, is intended generally as a guide for technologists, entrepreneurs and the legal tech industry in developing client-centric solutions.
A prize pot worth $12,000, co-sponsored by SAL, IMDA and PDPC, is up for grabs by the top three winning teams of the TechLaw.Fest Hackathon. Winners will also be given the opportunity to develop their solutions further under FLIP’s Accelerator Programme to be launched in April this year. Participation in the hackathon is free and registration is now open at until the event day. Walk-ins will be allowed subject to space availability. A pre-hackathon information session and networking event will be held at SAL’s Adelphi office (1 Coleman Street, #08-06 The Adelphi, Singapore 179803) on 22 March 2018 at 6.30pm. Interested parties may RSVP at .
Apart from hackathons, FLIP regularly runs other legal tech-related events in the Legal Innovation Lab located at the Collision 8 co-working space across the road from the Supreme Court.
The Future Law Innovation Programme (FLIP) is a two-year pilot programme to encourage the adoption of technology and drive innovation to create a vibrant ecosystem for legal technology.
To date, 25 participating organisations have signed up for FLIP. They range from large law firms such as Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP and Dentons Rodyk & Davidson, to small law firms, like ECYT Law LLC and Consigclear LLC, to local and international legal tech enterprises like SingaporeLegalAdvice.com, LexQuanta, MyLawyer and Zegal (formerly Dragon Law). There are also in-house counsels from Discovery Networks and BNP Paribas.
The Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) is a promotion and development agency for Singapore’s legal industry. Our vision is to make Singapore the legal hub of Asia.
SAL works with our stakeholders to set new precedents of excellence in Singapore law through developing thought leadership, world class infrastructure and legal solutions. Our mandates are to build up the intellectual capital of the legal profession by enhancing legal knowledge, raise the international profile of Singapore law, promote Singapore as a centre for dispute resolution, and improve the standards and efficiency of legal practice through continuing professional development and the use of technology.
As a body established by statute, SAL also undertakes statutory functions such as stakeholding services and appointment of Senior Counsel, Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public.
SAL is led by a Senate headed by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon, and comprising the Attorney-General, the Supreme Court Bench and key leaders of the various branches of the legal profession. It has more than 12,000 members, including the Bench, all persons who are called as advocates and solicitors of the Supreme Court (i.e. the Bar) or appointed as Legal Service Officers, corporate counsel, faculty members of the three local law schools (i.e. National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Social Sciences) and foreign lawyers in Singapore.
More information can be found at www.sal.org.sg.
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