CourtHack 2016 Wrap Up


What a weekend! CourtHack was a huge success. With gorgeous Salt Lake City and the Scott M. Matheson courthouse as our host venue, 16 teams of incredible participants collaborated on innovative projects. These legal tech applications provided realistic and useful solutions to common justice system projects as identified by the National Center for State Courts. Our thanks to all competitors, mentors, judges, sponsors, partners, and volunteers. Special thanks goes to the National Center for State Courts for their amazing work and dedication before, during, and after the event.

Friday evening’s kickoff featured the Voices From the Field panel, affording participants a more in-depth look at the challenge sets. Utah State Supreme Court Justice Constandinos Himonas addressed the room and spoke to the importance of innovation in the courts. Teams got to work after that, and ideated and coded straight through the night! Well, mostly. Sleep is a necessity, after all. Maybe?

On Saturday evening, our awesome panel of judges awarded prizes to the winning teams!

$5,500 Cash and e-Courts Conference Prize

Robot Lawyer

A chat-based application for filing court appeals and claims

$2,500 Cash and One Legal Prize

Secure City

Using geo-positioning technology to alert police officers of court orders
to be served in their vicinity, updated in real time.

Lunch with Utah Court Administrator, CIO, and Supreme Court Justice

Code For America

Messaging tool that sends information about court dates and integrates with
existing criminal justice case management databases.

$2,500 Cash Prize

Maelstrom of Bits

A platform that analyzes existing data and allows guardians to upload their
transactions in order to detect financial abuse.


Effort to simplify process of handling common traffic violations such as
no proof of insurance, license, etc.

Homeless Hackers

Agency portal to alert homeless services and mental health care managers to
jail releases and court dates for their clients.

$1,500 Cash Prize

Eklect Enterprises

Platform that increases efficiency for all users of the court system.

Protection Order Tech

An app to simplify, format, and track the creation of a protection order.

Church of the Helix

Application to improve and simplify juror notification process and accessibility.

Integrated Algorithms

An application that can capture discrete audio for translation or other purposes for victims and users of the court system.

Teams may receive further mentoring and guidance from the NCSC to help further develop their projects. More info on the teams and their work can be seen here.

We all left CourtHack feeling inspired by the work produced by these awesome teams, and encouraged by the demonstration that the tech set continue to make valuable changes for social good. More pictures can be found here, and check the #CourtHack tag on Twitter for some other highlights of the event.

Check out this fantastic video recap of CourtHack!