AT&T Mobile App Hackathon – Miami (Recap!)
Last weekend we took a break from the Pacific Northwest and headed to see what developers were up to in the South East. However, we decided to shake things up and focus on an underserved market, legal apps, with a prize of $5,000 for the top legal application (courtesy of the always generous Knight Foundation). The teams even had a chance to vet their ideas with local attorneys thanks to our awesome sponsors Lalchandi Simon PL, Pipeline Brickell, and New Frontier Nomads. As usual the developers of Miami did not disappoint with the 107 attendees producing 14 apps with judges facing a tough choice to determine the winner.
Despite not being a legal app, the most interesting idea and presentation had to be LooQoo TV. By leveraging several Google APIs the LooQooTV team was able to create an app that allowed friends to actually launch videos on your device, allowing them to produce content for you. It was a very interesting idea and the developer behind it fought through some early technical difficulties to deliver a good pitch.
However, every hackathon has a big winner and by the end of the judges’ deliberations there was no doubt that big winner would be Pocket Docket. Providing attorneys with a seamless way to interact with clients and update them on what was happening in their individual cases had our subject matter judges drooling. Our technical judges also had to give a nod to this team as one of the most technically sound apps created. Although there were several innovative apps there was a consensus that Pocket Docket was just a notch above the competition.
Without further ado, here is a list of the teams that competed this last weekend:
Crowd Funding in Law – Helping those that cannot afford a great lawyer get what they deserve
What’s Next – Zoning is a device of land-use planning used by local governments in most developed countries; The goal of what’s next? is to enable engineers, lawyers, surveyors, developers, architects to quickly obtain information about Folio Numbers, GIS, Zoning, and parcel search.
LooQoo Tv – Allow your friends and family to produce your TV for you.
Ordero – 1st Place General – Target: Sole Practicioners
Problem: Every judge has different and hard to understand & find filing rules.
Solution: Provide a platform that consolidates the relevent information to a lawyer.
* Easy Access
VisaValet – Best Idea – VisaValet is a Helper App for prospective visitors to the US. The app will ask a few key questions and will quickly determine what is the best visa for the user and connect them to the best lawyer for their selected visa.
LawCRM – It is a CRM system to help legal professionals to organize all relevant information to cases and clients and allows instant access to the information on incoming calls, as well as allows easy contact with clients and relevant contacts from within the app itself.
Locus Lex – 2nd Place General – Find Legal Advice worldwide from trusted sources in your native language; hassle free.
Pocket Docket – Best Legal App – We’ve created an app which allows lawyers to send live updates to clients about their cases, and allows clients to access case files and history for their case.
Court Watch – Court Watch uses social networking and mobile technologies for a more efficient use of time in court and handling court appearences
BarTab – Client Management and Invoicing
TripTrouble.us – Aimed at tourist who do not speak English but need an emergency service
Solve – Let me introduce to you Solve. Solve is a link between the people and the lawyers. Solve is a mobile application that help people to accelerate the legal process.
Legal Doctor – I can connect clients and attorneys