Our Speakers

Stephan Breidenbach
Legal Tech Pioneer

Stephan Breidenbach is a law professor at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), a mediator and an entrepreneur.

Stephan co-founded betterplace.org, knowledgeTools International GmbH and Blue Economy Solutions.

Stephan Breidenbach
Legal Tech Pioneer
Florian Glatz
Blockchain Lawyer

Florian Glatz is a lawyer, software developer and academic researcher working full-time in the blockchain space since 2013. As a lawyer, he helps startups and corporations navigate the uncharted waters of applied blockchain technology in a world of legacy legal systems. As a software developer, Glatz focuses on software-driven innovation in law and finance. As a researcher he explores the interaction of code and law in a digital society.

Florian Glatz
Blockchain Lawyer
Markus Hartung
Director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession at Bucerius Law School

Markus Hartung - a lawyer and mediator - is director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) at Bucerius Law School. His research at CLP revolves around market developments and trends, management, strategic leadership and Corporate Governance, as well as new business models enabled through Legal Tech.

Markus Hartung
Director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession at Bucerius Law School
Paul von Bünau
CEO Idalab

Dr. Paul von Bünau is the managing director of idalab, an agency for data science with focus on mathematical modelling, machine learning & AI algorithm development and data strategy. He has more than ten years of experience in bringing mathematical and data-driven approaches to new fields: from drug development in oncology to contemporary art, predictive policing and internet-of-things.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in machine learning (TU Berlin) and degrees in pure mathematics (Uni St. Andrews) and computer science (Uni Potsdam).

Paul von Bünau
CEO Idalab
Alexander Schemmel
Partner Deloitte Legal

Alexander Schemmel is responsible for 'Business Integrity' at Deloitte Legal. He consults German and international companies on matters of internal investigations as well as regarding regulatory compliance questions.

'Chambers Europe - World's Leading Lawyers' (2015) as well as 'Best Lawyers' (2014) count Alexander Schemmel to the world's leading experts in the field of corporate crime.

Alexander Schemmel
Partner Deloitte Legal
Tobias Freudenberg
Chief Editor NJW

Tobias Freudenberg is a lawyer and journalist in Frankfurt a. M. Between 2000 and 2010 he worked for the publisher Dr. Otto Schmidt in Cologne, i. a. as editor in chief of the legal magazines 'Die Aktiengesellschaft' and 'GmbH-Rundschau' and as head of magazines. Since 2010 he has been in charge of the legal magazine 'NJW' at the publisher C.H. Beck. He is the author of numerous articles in the field of economic and professional law, i. a. he is an author of the business daily 'Handelsblatt'.

Tobias Freudenberg
Chief Editor NJW
Meng Wong
Founder Legalese

Meng Weng Wong is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and computer scientist currently working on Legalese.com, a LegalTech startup building client-facing legal applications based on a formal language for computational law.

Currently a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard, Meng has lived in Philadelphia, Palo Alto, Singapore, and Venice.

Meng Wong
Founder Legalese
Nina-Luisa Siedler
Partner at DLA Piper

Nina-Luisa Siedler has fifteen years' experience in advising on financing transactions. Her practice covers loans and debt capital market instruments including acquisition and project financings, real estate transactions, asset-backed securities and structured covered bonds, loan notes and corporate bonds. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has published numerous articles on various financing topics.

Nina-Luisa Siedler
Partner at DLA Piper
Christoph Regierer
Partner at Roever Broenner Susat Mazars

Die Tätigkeitsschwerpunkte von Herrn Dr. Regierer liegen neben der Begleitung von Unternehmens- und Vermögensnachfolge bei Familiengesellschaften u.a. in der steuerjuristischen und gesellschaftsrechtlichen Beratung, aber auch in der prüferischen und bilanzpolitischen Umsetzung bzw. Begleitung von gemeinnützigen und öffentlichen Einrichtungen und Unternehmen, bzw. Stiftungen. Er ist in Vorständen und Beiräten von Familienunternehmen und Familienstiftungen tätig.

Dr. Christoph Regierer is an accredited accountant, tax advisor and lawyer. He advises family business in matters of succession planning, as well as non-profits, foundations and public institutions in terms of taxation and corporate law questions. Christoph Regierer sits on the advisory boards of a number of family businesses and foundations.

Christoph Regierer
Partner at Roever Broenner Susat Mazars
Tatjana Ellerbrock
Partner at Roever Broenner Susat Mazars

Dr. Tanja Ellerbrock is a lawyer specialised in tax and labour law. Together with her team she advises and represents employers and non-profits from both the private and public sector all over Germany. She publishes and speaks publicly on the subject of labour law at different venues.

Tatjana Ellerbrock
Partner at Roever Broenner Susat Mazars
Klaus-Lorenz Gebhardt
Partner at Roever Broenner Susat Mazars

Klaus-Lorenz Gebhardt is a lawyer and tax advisor. He consults in the areas of financial and regulatory law. His focus lies on structuring investment assets and other financial instruments, especially for the real estate and energy sector. Beyond that, he helps a range of financial institutions with tax and legal issues. Other activities include the topic of crowd investment, where he holds courses for young lawyers to understand the underlying legal framework.

Klaus-Lorenz Gebhardt
Partner at Roever Broenner Susat Mazars
Sven von Alemann
Co-Founder rfrnz

Dr. Sven von Alemann is a lawyer and entrepreneur. For several years he's been actively involved in the emerging legal tech sector. He's a co-founder of the startup rfrnz, which offers contract analysis tools for lawyers based on artificial intelligence. He regularly publishes and talks publicly about those topics.

Sven von Alemann
Co-Founder rfrnz
Andrea Thilo
Host and Journalist

Andrea Thilo is a journalist, moderator and trainer. During her communication studies at the UdK Berlin (university of Arts in Berlin) she worked as assistant director for radio features; she was a trainee at NDR, worked there as editor and presented a show on the TV channel Pro7. Since 1995, she has been working as freelance journalist and documentary producer with her company Boomtownmedia. In 2005, she won the German Film Award for the production of the box-office cinema hit „Rhythm is it!“. She focusses on cultural mediation, digital transformation, diversity and sustainability.

Andrea Thilo
Host and Journalist
Michae-Manuel Bues
CEO Leverton

Micha-Manuel Bues is a lawyer working as CEO of Leverton, as well as an overall legal tech expert. At Bucerius Law School in Hamburg Micha researches and consults around legal tech and innovation. He founded and runs www.lgal-tech-blog.de, a popular resource for all things legal tech, innovation and startup culture.

Michae-Manuel Bues
CEO Leverton

More speakers will be announced shortly.

We're dedicated to creating an interesting and diverse program, gathering industry thought leaders to give unique insights into future developments.

Legal Tech Hackathon

Germany’s first Legal Tech Hackathon intentionally brings together software developers, the digital revolution’s driving forces, and legal practitioners for the first time. Under the umbrella of “hacking.law” we promote a long overdue dialogue between these two groups.

Any productive dialogue starts with a common language. Its development  is the core goal of the event. For two days, the event aims at building bridges in the form of different formats and with the help of Legal Engineers, legal practitioners with technical expertise.

Legal practitioners, lawyers, students

Legal consulting is on the verge of fundamental change. With some delay, law is hit by digitization, bringing about deep change. Meanwhile legal education is not keen on change and innovation. There is much as it is because it has always been no different.

The Legal Tech Hackathon aims at changing this. We invite legal practitioners, lawyers and students to dive in the world of digital innovation for two days. Technical background knowledge is thereby not a requirement at all; in fact, legal practitioners can make a significant contribution by means of their legal expertise to create innovative Legal Tech products and services.

Legal Engineers

Legal Engineers are legal practitioners who already have a profound technical understanding. They have understood to – mainly autodidactically – gain valuable knowledge of how digital technologies can be used. Their knowledge is meant to be shared, commonly expanded and sharpened.

During the two-days Legal Tech Hackathon, they will translate and bridge the gap between curious legal practitioners on the one hand, and software developers and designers of digital products on the other hand. Thereby, they serve as a role model for the future legal practitioner.

Software developers and designers

Software developers and designers are the driving forces behind our society’s digital transformation. They are the architects of tomorrow’s society. The overall social responsibility is a heavy load to carry on their shoulders. In this respect, legal practitioners, having been responsible for society in a whole for centuries already, therefore are crucial stakeholders to provide valuable input and assistance.

A humane digital future can only be built together. We invite software developers, designers and digital entrepreneurs to open up for a dialogue.

Components of the Hackathon

Idea hacking

Stage 1: joint brainstorming

Everything starts with an idea: What is part of legal practitioners’ everyday professional life which can be simplified, accelerated or even eliminated? How can work processes be improved? And in general: how can legal advice and legal practice be rethought? Think creatively, think big, every idea counts! In this respect, legal practitioners can provide valuable input, ideas, for instance, in the field of contracts (templates, analysis, execution, etc.), document and IP management as well as CRM tools for legal practitioners.

Stage 2: organization of ideas

In this stage, ideas and technological possibilities are put together – how can ideas be matched with the innovation drivers blockchain, industrialization and artificial intelligence?

Stage 3: team building

The participants form teams in accordance with personal interests. There are no specifications in respect of the composition of the team. Every team will be supported by the present legal engineers.

Prototype hacking

The teams implement their ideas by starting to hack. The goal may be, but not necessarily, to develop a functional prototype. As a competition entry, it is also possible to theoretically elaborate an exciting idea. Legal engineers help legal practitioners to be productive in the teams, to contribute to the implementation of the idea and to fulfill original legal tasks within the team.

Workshops for legal practitioners

By participating at the Legal Tech Hackathon, legal practitioners have already overcome the first hurdles on the way to tomorrow’s legal consulting. The workshops are meant to allay remaining reservations and fears concerning Legal Tech, to ignite curiosity and, last but not least, to provide basic knowledge.

There will be workshops on basis of software programming and algorithmic thinking, on blockchain and machine learning as well as on document automation tools.

Competition of ideas

The teams have the chance to win attractive prizes. The expert jury chooses the three best competition entries i. a. by level of creativity, innovation, practicability, social impact, etc. The three winning teams will have the possibility to present their competition entries at the Legal Tech Conference, 10th February 2017, in front of an audience of experts and professionals.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people can participate?

Participation is limited to 70. First come, first serve!

Who may register?

The Hackathon is intended to attract software developers, designers, lawyers, in-house counsels and students.

How much does the Hackathon cost?

The Hackathon is for free! For people who don’t want or are not able to participate in the Hackathon, but are keen on attending the pitches of the the competition entries, the awards ceremony and the party afterwards, may purchase a ticket for the final party on 9th February 2017 (15 €).

What is the running order of the Hackathon?

The Hackathon starts off in the morning of 8th February 2017.

The participants have the chance to get to know each other during a joint breakfast. Directly afterwards, the idea hacking begins.

Idea hacking is followed by prototype hacking, going until the next day. Deadline for competition entries is 9th February, 4 p.m. The participants may be, but not necessarily, be present all the time.

The Hackathon is accompanied by workshops.

What kind of workshops will be offered at the Hackathon?

The workshops are especially suited for legal practitioners. There will be workshops on basis of software programming and algorithmic thinking, on blockchain and machine learning as well as document automation tools.

What are admissible competition entries?

Within two days, the teams may develop functional prototypes or theoratically elaborate an exciting idea. It is important that they prepare a meaningful and informative presentation which can be pitched in front of the expert jury.

How will the winners be chosen?

The pitches of the competition entries and the awards ceremony take place during the final party on 9th February 2017. Every team has a time slot of 10 to 15 min to present their idea. The expert jury evaluates the competition entries i. a. by level of creativity, innovation, practicability, functionality, social impact, etc.

Are there any awards for the winning competition entries?

The three best competition entries win. The winning teams have a chance for attractive prizes. Furthermore, the winning teams will have the opportunity to present their idea on the Legal Tech Conference on 10th February 2017 in front of an audience of experts and professionals.

Where does the Hackathon take place?

The Hackathon takes place in the office of the startup IOTA Foundation in Schlüterstr.  55, 10629 Berlin (Charlottenburg), being a beautiful and spacious Gründerzeit house.  There is lots of space for common hacking, brainstorming and networking as well as enough room for workshops and chill-out areas.

Where can the participants stay over night?

The participants may, but do not have to, stay over night onsite. In this case, they should bring their own sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Sanitary facilities are available.

Are drinks and food included?

Yes.

What should the participants bring along to the Hackathon?

Each participant must bring his or her own laptop. Other working materials are provided by the Hackathon’s organizer. If a participant wants to stay over night onsite, he or she should bring a sleeping bag, sleeping mat and towel.

Event Programme

Berlin Legal Tech 2017 Overview

08:30 Am

Participants can register for the event.

Welcome remarks by the organizers Stephan Breidenbach and Florian Glatz.

Industrialization

Stephan Breidenbach

Einführung in den Themenblock 'Industrialisierung' durch Stephan Breidenbach.

Meng Weng Wong

Can legal documents like contracts be drafted in the way programmers develop software? Meng Wong, founder of legalese, is trying to find out with his new startup legalese.com

Blockchain

Florian Glatz

Introduction to blockchain technology and what it means for legal practitioners, regulators and the law itself.

Christoph Regierer

Can blockchain or distributed ledger technology be leveraged to bring a new level of transparency to global supply chains? What are the key drivers of this change towards more transparency in global business?

Nina-Luisa Siedler

Nina-Luiser Siedler is intimately familiar with the unique legal challenges Blockchain-based startups face. With an international team of lawyers she advises bleeding-edge technology startups to structure their business operations in a way as to be legally compliant in their conduct. In her talk she will give insights into how the existing possibilities of private law can be used creatively to enable new kinds of digital innovation with a potentially far-reaching social and economic impact.

Artificial Intelligence

Paul von Bünau

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning by Paul von Bünau.

Sven von Alemann
Founder rfrnz

Breakout Sessions

Participants pick one of three breakout session, where topics will be discussed more in-depth in an interactive format.

Participants pick one of three breakout session, where topics will be discussed more in-depth in an interactive format.

Participants pick one of three breakout session, where topics will be discussed more in-depth in an interactive format.

Nachmittagsprogramm

01:30 PM

The winners of the Hackathon will present their ideas, demonstrate their prototypes and explain how they envision the future of legal tech.

Andrea Thilo
Moderator

Speakers and audience enter into an interactive discussion, lead by moderator and journalist Andrea Thilo.

Florian Glatz
Legal Hacker

Hackathon kickoff with some welcome remarks by Florian Glatz. The legal hackers enjoy a joint breakfast and get to know each over.

Participants develop ideas and use cases in an open exchange, supported through various creative methods.

01:00 PM

The teams start to hack and to implement their ideas.

Workshops for legal practitioners on basics of software programming and algorithmic thinking, blockchain and machine learning and more.

09:00 AM

Workshops for legal practitioners on basics of software programming and algorithmic thinking, blockchain and machine learning and more.

01:00 PM

All teams have to hand in their competition entries until 4 pm.

Start of the final party of the Hackathon for the Hackathon's participants and other guests - pitches of the competition entries in front of an expert jury, award ceremony and after-show party.

Every team pitches its idea in front of an expert jury.

09:00 PM

The expert jury announces the winners. The three best competition entries win.

Time for drinks & snacks, networking and socializing with DJ live music.

Hackathon
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Reports of Legal Tech Pioneers
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Make existing processes more efficient
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Pitches und Award Ceremony
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See pitches of all participants
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Event location

The Berlin Legal Tech takes places in Berlin. Hackathon and Conference take place at different locations.

Berlin Legal Tech 2017

Conference: Alte Münze Berlin, Am Krögel, 10179 Berlin
Hackathon: IOTA Foundation, Schlüterstr. 55, 10629 Berlin
Pitches & Awards: AHOY, Wattstraße 11, 13355 Berlin

Kontaktieren

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Organizer and Contact

 

The Berlin Legal Tech 2017 is organized by the Legal Tech Center at Europe University Viadrina and hack.institute.

Become part of the hacking.law community today. Join our Slack channel to help us plan the event and get in touch with other participants in advance.