DURBAN - The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) and leading global law firm Baker McKenzie have announced the winners of the South African leg of Global Legal Hackathon 2019 (GLH2019).
First prize went to Kagiso, an online mediation platform that provides a cost-effective and fast alternative to lengthy court processes for civil disputes. Kagiso uses machine learning to match cases with professional mediators who have the most relevant skillsets to be effective – such as subject matter experience or knowledge of local languages – and stores records using blockchain technology.
The second prize was awarded to Bua, a voice-recognition system that allows victims of crime to record their own statements in their own language in a private "safe space" such as a kiosk or on their own phone. The majority of crimes in South Africa’s go unreported or prosecutions fail, and a leading reason is that victims don’t feel comfortable giving statements in open police stations, and statements are often badly or wilfully mistranslated.
O Kae Molao collected third prize at the Hackathon. O Kae Molao is a local language TV show which speaks directly to poor communities around South Africa and offers legal advice and help with issues. The interactive element of the show will feature an SMS helpline where viewers can request help from probono lawyers associated with the show.
Over the course of the weekend 22-24 February, teams in 46 cities in 24 countries around the world took part in the world’s largest legal hackathon. More than 6,000 participants came together to address issues relating to access to justice and the business of law. Eight teams took part in the South African event, which took place at Baker McKenzie’s Johannesburg office in Sandhurst.