Birmingham Law Society is seeking volunteers to participate in its charity hackathon. We are looking for people from a range of disciplines (lawyers and non-lawyers) who are at different stages of their career to come together and help two local charities.

A Hackathon is where a group of people from different professional backgrounds come together for a day and work in an inter-disciplinary team to help find a solution to a particular problem. The idea is that by bringing people with different perspectives and experiences together, new ideas will be formed and new ways of addressing old problems will be generated.

The Birmingham Law Society Hackathon will focus on a specific problem that the President’s two chosen charities for 2019-20 have in providing their advice services to the people of Birmingham. The charities are Citizens Advice Birmingham and Central England Law Centre. The day will begin with the charities’ Chief Executives outlining the problem they have. Participants will then be divided into their inter-disciplinary teams and will have several hours to ‘hack’ their solution to the problem presented.

Support will be provided by representatives from Birmingham Law Society and the two charities throughout the Hackathon to help our ‘hackers’ shape and test their ideas. The Hackathon will conclude with each team pitching their solution to a panel of representatives from Birmingham Law Society and the charities. Your ideas could have the potential to make a real difference to our chosen charities and the people they help.

Complementary food and drink will be provided throughout the day.

When: 9am – 6pm Saturday 14 March 2020

Where: Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston

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