CourtHack 2016

Thank you!

Thank you to all of the CourtHack 2016 participants! Your time, energy, and enthusiasm to create pioneering technologies and do something good for the state courts and those who use the courts is inspiring. Thank you from everyone at NCSC, and after you have gotten some well-deserved rest, take a look at the video that captures the excitement:

2016 CourtHack Documentary. 2016 CourtHack Promo.

March 4-5, 2016

Utah Supreme Court | Matheson Courthouse | 450 State Street, Salt Lake City, UT


Click-through via the team names and you can create a login to DevPost to view slides from the team demos, and descriptions of the pioneering applications.

$5,500 Cash and e-Courts Conference Prize

Grand Prize Winner: Robot Lawyer


$2,500 Cash and One Legal Prize

Winner: Secure City


$2,500 Cash Prize

Winner: Maelstrom of Bits

Winner: EMC


Winner: Homeless Hackers


$1,500 Cash Prize

Winner: Eklect Enterprises

Winner: Protection Order Tech


Winner: Church of the Helix

Winner: Integrated Algorithms


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

Winner: Code For America



Matheson Courthouse

450 State Street, Salt Lake City, UT

The brightest legal minds, technologists, entrepreneurs, and others driven by a need to improve the courts for their fellow Americans will form teams and compete in this epic, 22-hour hackathon. Technical, business and legal mentors from partners and sponsors are matched with teams they can actively support before, during, and after the event.

Friday’s “Voices from the Field” discussion panel brings industry experts to share their insights and experiences so participants get a better understanding of the challenges. Afterwards, participants can pitch their ideas and recruit or join teams.

Fri, Mar 4


Sat, Mar 5




  • Lunch with a Justice of the Supreme Court of Utah and the Utah State Court CIO
  • Lunch with the Utah State Court Administrator and the Utah State Court CIO
  • Trip to Las Vegas to demo at the e-Courts conference in December 2016
    (transportation, lodging, and meals covered for the entire team)
  • Four-week mentoring program with One Legal in San Francisco, with housing provided for two people.
  • $5500 – Grand Prize
  • $2500 – up to 4 awarded
  • $1500 – up to 4 awarded




Justice Constandinos HimonasJustice, Utah Supreme Court


Justice Constandinos “Deno” Himonas was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court in February 2015 by Governor Gary Herbert. Prior to his appointment, he served as a trial court judge in the Third District Court for the State of Utah for over 10 years. He also served as the Associate Presiding Judge for the Third District Court from 2012 to his appointment. Justice Himonas graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Utah in 1986 and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1989. Upon graduating from law school, Justice Himonas returned to Utah and spent 15 years working as a litigator for the law firm of Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough, where he focused on complex civil litigation. Justice Himonas has served as the chairperson of the Litigation Section of the Utah State Bar, co-chairperson of the Third District Court’s Pro Bono Committee, and member of the Judicial Conduct Commission. Justice Himonas also has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Foundation.


Tom ClarkeVP for Research & Technology, National Center for State Courts


Tom Clarke has served for the last ten years as the Vice President for Research and Technology at the National Center for State Courts. Before that, Tom worked for ten years with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts first as the research manager and then as the CIO. As a national court consultant, Tom speaks frequently on topics relating to court effective practices, the redesign of court systems, and the use of technology to solve business problems. Tom is currently working on litigant portals, triage best practices for self-represented litigants, and the cloud provision of remote interpretation. He actively consults on the successful use of technology and best practices surrounding court technology.

In addition, Tom is active on the national level with the development of technical standards for justice information sharing. He co-chaired the OASIS court electronic filing open standard, co-chaired the NIEM Technical Advisory Committee, and chaired the Global Standards Council. He is now the chair of the Global Advisory Committee, a DOJ FACA that makes recommendations to the U.S. Attorney General on information sharing.


Matt BurnsSenior Editor, TechCrunch


Matt is a Senior Editor at TechCrunch. He is a family man first and attempts to be a writer second. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, only cars eclipse his love of gadgets. He previously wrote for Engadget and EngadgetHD before moving into the party house that is TechCrunch. His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call.


Robin SweetState Court Administrator, Supreme Court of Nevada


Robin Sweet was appointed the State Court Administrator for the Supreme Court of Nevada and director of the Administrative Office of the Courts in January 2011. Previously, she served as the deputy director of the Judicial Programs and Services Division (2006-2011), which included court services, judicial education, and research and statistics units. Her previous experience was in the publications unit of the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division (1983-2000). She serves on numerous state and national judicial committees or commissions. Ms. Sweet is a member of NACM. She is a native Nevadan with a B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, 1984, and an M.P.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1999. She is a Fellow of Institute for Court Management (2009).


Kevin BowlingJD, MSJA


Kevin J. Bowling is the Trial Court Administrator and Attorney Referee for the 20th Judicial Circuit Court and the Ottawa County Probate Court in Ottawa County, Michigan. He is a Past President of the National Association for Court Management, Co-Chair of the COSCA/NACM Joint Technology Committee, and member of the DOJ Global Advisory Committee. His work in the judicial system spans 35 years with time spent as a court manager, attorney, judicial educator and court consultant, including service in western Africa as Deputy Chief of Party for the Nigeria Justice Sector Assistance Project. Mr. Bowling also served for 20 years in a variety of positions with the Michigan Supreme Court, including State Judicial Educator and Regional Court Administrator. Additional Court experience includes internships with the Denver Juvenile Court and the North Dakota Supreme Court.


Margaret HaganFellow, Stanford Law School


Margaret Hagan is a fellow at Stanford Law’s Center on the Legal Profession and a lecturer at Stanford Institute of Design (the She was a fellow at the from 2013-2014, where she launched the Program for Legal Tech & Design, experimenting in how design can make legal services more usable, useful & engaging. She taught a series of project-based classes, with interdisciplinary student groups tackling legal challenges through user-focused research and design of new legal products and services. She also leads workshops to train legal professionals in the design process, to produce client-focused innovation.


Clint BettsCEO, Beehive Startups


Clint Betts is the founder, CEO, and executive editor of Beehive Startups, the leading independent organization devoted to covering and building Utah’s startup and tech community. Beehive Startups accomplishes this by consistently producing quality journalism, organizing Utah’s most popular and impactful tech events, and powering organizations like StartStudio and Start Foundation. Clint is also the co-founder and Managing Director of StartStudio, host of the Beehive Podcast, and chairman of StartFEST. A Utah native, Clint still resides in the Beehive State with his wife and three kids. He studied journalism and political science at Utah Valley University.


Noah AronVP & General Manager, One Legal


Noah is a driving force behind One Legal’s litigation technology platform and leads the organization’s product, engineering, and growth initiatives. In 2014 he launched One Legal Labs to empower entrepreneurs to solve challenges in the legal space. Previously he founded and led a pair of successful P2P marketplaces in Trovali and DoTheGlobe, both of which were selected into the competitive Startup Chile program and were later funded by the Chilean government. Noah has worked on venture financing for some of the largest clean energy projects of the last decade and has led sustainability initiatives throughout the developing world. When he’s not knee-deep in product fun, Noah can be found conducting “board meetings” at the local surf spot..




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The core of every legal system is defined by access to complete, accurate, and timely information. Technologies developed in the past decades have completely revolutionized the way we interact with this information. Although times have changed, many aspects of our court systems have not. Historically mired before the ever-widening digital gap, our institutions have much catching-up to do.


The CourtHack hackathon is an initiative by the National Center for State Courts and HackerNest that directly addresses this problem. Hackathons have become the de facto mechanism of choice for innovative product/service businesses to emerge – the most practical, meritocratic, and efficient way of vetting new ideas into implementation. CourtHack will serve as a symbol to help shape public perception (as one of the first-ever court-related hackathons) of how the justice and legal community intend to work with the technology community.


An important highlight is that court experts including judges, court administrators, and CIOs from around the country will be lending their expertise as members of our very distinguished panel of judges. It is exactly these kinds of strong, high-profile partnerships that distinguish CourtHack in terms of pedigree, credibility, and reach.


Approximately 100 participants will form teams and compete for sizeable cash and non-cash prizes, invaluable mentorship opportunities, key meetings with industry decision-makers, and a demo spot at a major court technology conference. Pride, respect, and recognition, of course, all come standard with victory.




Our continually-in-development challenge sets are created in consultation with esteemed partners and designed to help shape how participants approach their projects. The challenges contained within each category are suggestions, not restrictions, of things teams can build that will have an immediate and beneficial impact on people’s lives.

1. Accountability: Predictive Analytics to Target Court Oversight


Court Technology Opportunity: Courts are legally responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in estate assets – both willed and in situations of conservatorships. Though they’re supposed to review these cases annually, most courts simply don’t have the capacity or resources. As a result, it’s difficult to know when financial abuses take place.

  • Possible Deliverables: Teams analyze data from Minnesota and identify algorithms to flag cases of potential abuse automatically.

2. Public Access to Justice: Apps, Tools, and Processes to improve access to justice and allow the public to resolve disputes efficiently


Court Technology Opportunity: Courts lag other industries badly in web and mobile technologies. Simple mobile apps that enable citizens to complete core transactions through remote access will significantly improve efficiency, and help to move cases forward in a timely and affordable manner.

  • Resources: List of transactions, data models for some of the transactions, subject matter experts. 
  • Possible Deliverables: Tools and mobile apps that implement target transactions with court:
    • Pay a fine or fee.
    • Protest a fee or fine and plead your case.
    • Look up a court date.
    • Retrieve a case file document.
    • File a case.
    • File a case document.
    • Notify a party of a case action.
    • Schedule a court hearing.
    • Schedule a community service sanction.
    • Track a community service sanction (GPS location).
    • Request a reduction of fees or fines due to not having money.

3. Legal Speed: Remote dispatch of emergency protection orders


Court Technology Opportunity: Speeding up the flow of court information to and from the public and the court’s justice system partners is key to personal and public safety.

  • Resources: Expertise and example data sets provided on site. 
  • Possible Deliverables: An app to facilitate the application process combined with video conferencing to expedite the process.

4. Wild Card: Gaps in the Court System
CourtHack wants your creative, out-of-the-box thinking! If you have an idea that doesn’t fit within the previous challenge sets, run with it. You can help reinvent how people interact with the courts to make it more efficient and pleasant for all involved.

Two examples to inspire you:




Court Technology Opportunity: There are numerous gaps in the court system and court technology market that can be addressed by CourtHack participants.

  • Resources: On-site experts from both the court system and court technology companies. There will be court experts in attendance who are are knowledgeable about current court problems, useful innovations and desired services.
  • Possible Deliverables: Constrained only by the imagination and skill of the programmers (i.e. online dispute resolution, litigant portals, business rule engines for managing cases).