New LawTech Bootcamp provides innovative solutions

15 August 2017

The groundbreaking LawTech Bootcamp partnership between some of the University of Canterbury’s brightest students and top New Zealand law firm Lane Neave has produced some remarkable new technology-based solutions for a rapidly changing legal sector.

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    The winning ‘Team Mike’ – (from left to right) Paige Van de Velden, Louis Creed, Kalila Dayo, Chloe Hobbs and Freya Farrar – presented the concept of the Life Vault, an estate management tool for digital assets.

The groundbreaking LawTech Bootcamp partnership between some of the University of Canterbury’s brightest students and top New Zealand law firm Lane Neave has produced some remarkable new technology-based solutions for a rapidly changing legal sector.

More than 40 Law, Business and IT students joined forces with legal experts and business mentors to create technology-based solutions to modern challenges in the legal sector during the incubator-style event at Lane Neave’s Christchurch offices.

Over the weekend, the students received support from legal experts, coaching from business mentors and liaised with Lane Neave’s clients to gauge the potential need and effectiveness of their ideas.

UC Centre for Entrepreneurship Incubator Manager Michelle Panzer, who organised the LawTech Bootcamp, says the progress that the students made over the weekend was phenomenal, and she was impressed with how hard and well the teams worked together.

After an intense 48 hours of planning, brainstorming and research, on Sunday eight teams presented their innovative solutions, which will hopefully assist the legal sector to tap into rapid global changes in technology.

The teams presented technology-based legal solutions, from web-based legal support for start-up companies or property transactions, artificial intelligence to assist in marriage separations and a software-driven success barometer to measure the potential success rates of upcoming legal proceedings.

The groups were judged on their concepts, but also their presentation and the way they handled the vexing questions from the expert judging panel.

A member of the winning ‘Team Mike’, BA/LLB student Freya Farrar says that working with other students from different academic disciplines had been insightful and stimulating.

“And working in a real business for the weekend was very valuable. It was not just another assignment – suddenly we were finding solutions for practical problems in the business world.”

The winning team – Farrar and her fellow UC students Paige Van de Velden, Louis Creed, Kalila Dayo and Chloe Hobbs – presented the concept of the Life Vault, an estate management tool for digital assets.

Lane Neave’s chief executive Peter Dwan said the winners demonstrated a deep understanding of the evolving issue of a digital footprint and managed to show the financial and emotional value of a person’s digital assets.

“The presentations exceeded our expectations and it was difficult to pick the winners.”

The Bootcamp had provided the company with concepts that would help them embrace technological solutions.  The students showed that the future of the legal profession will look very different, he says.

Ms Panzer says the weekend was the first time that UC has tried this type of Bootcamp inside a corporate company.

“And judging by the buzz amongst the students and Lane Neave, I can’t wait to try this concept in other sectors.” 

For further information please contact:

Margaret Agnew, Senior External Relations Advisor, University of Canterbury
Phone: +64 3 369 3631 | Mobile: +64 275 030 168margaret.agnew@canterbury.ac.nz
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