CODE THE DEAL HACKATHON, October 24 and 25, 2015, UCLA School of Law

1. Teams We encourage teams of 2 to 5 people. Participants may participate remotely, but at least one team member must be present to submit solutions to challenges.

2. Fresh Code To ensure a level field for all contestants, everyone must start coding at the same time—9am local time on October 24, 2015. Before this time, you are free to work on your design, logo, wireframes, idea validation, make digital mockups, etc., but no coding can be done beforehand. The exception to this rule would include material that is freely available to the public. Some examples of this would be: public domain images, creative commons music, and open source libraries.

3. Build on Technology Designated in Sponsor Challenge (if designated) Teams will build on the technology of the sponsors for the particular challenge participants accept.

4. It’s Okay to Hack! Use APIs, Services, and Open Source Feel free to use any tools, tricks, gems, frameworks, 3rd party services, APIs, open source projects, libraries, or workarounds you’ve discovered over the years to help you build quicker. Use any language, hosting service, etc. you please.

5. Ownership and IP Just being a team member at the hackathon does not mean that you get to own any code or IP that your teammates (or the audience) produce in the future based on the idea. Any ideas you pitch or share at the hackathon are released into the ‘public domain’ and we do not require attendees to sign non-disclosure agreements. It’s a hackathon; if you’re worried about people stealing your startup idea, this might not be the right place to unveil it.

6. Be Respectful Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and racist, sexist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.

8. Submissions Each hack will have a unique ChallengePost page and each team must submit their project by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2015.

9. Main Stage Pitches The top two or more submissions for each challenge will be asked to pitch their solutions on the main stage. Judges will pick the top submissions.

10. Prizes The prize winners will be chosen at the conclusion of Day 2 of the legal hackathon.

11. Have fun, it’s a hackathon. Hack, meet new people, get creative, and have a good time. Use whatever languages or hacks you have in your arsenal. Show us hardware. Show us new concepts. Show us anything you’d like.

Getting something meaningful done within such a short amount of time can be stressful, but we’d like to encourage everyone to take a break every now and then to relax and enjoy the event.




At Nixon Peabody, we see 21st century law as a tool to help shape our clients’ futures. Our focus is on knowing what is important to our clients now and next so we can foresee obstacles and opportunities in their space and smooth the way. We use technology to innovate, learn, streamline and lean forward into the future, together with our clients. We're excited to sponsor Code the Deal for the second year in a row.


HP Haven on Demand provides a fast-track to data-driven insights. It’s an easy-to-consume suite of cloud services that you’ll have up and running in minutes. Developer-friendly APIs and advanced analytics enable you to create next-gen apps and services with ease.

Kira simplifies review and analysis of complex documents with a combination of the latest computer science and expert human know-how. Founded by a highly-experienced corporate lawyer and a machine learning expert from one of the top computer science programs in North America, Kira combines cutting-edge artificial intelligence with skilled legal expertise.

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Patch of Land aims to solve the problem of slow, inefficient, fragmented and obscure private real estate lending by using the latest technology, data and process efficiency to more accurately assign risk profiles and project viability, while greatly reducing time and cost of loan underwriting for borrowers with real estate projects that are overlooked or rejected by banks and traditional lenders.

E-STET creates custom technology solutions to enhance the litigation strategy of corporations, AmLaw 100 firms, and boutique law firms. Started in 2007 as a collaboration of computer scientists and lawyers, E-STET creates client-specific, customized solutions to mitigate the growing costs of service and infrastructure associated with big data. 

Legal Robot is Artificial intelligence for legal documents that helps people understand legal language by providing an instant breakdown and error check for contracts, helps people write better legal language, and lets businesses close deals faster. We are building the next generation of Legal Technology that will improve trust and fairness, as well as transform the way people use the law to interact with each other.


WikiRealty is the first online town square where people gather to share local knowledge about both residential and commercial real estate opportunities. Its mobile and web platform makes it easy for professionals and consumers to share local insight on the go. WikiRealty® is fast becoming an indispensable, crowd-powered guide to helping everyone make smarter decisions about where to live and work.

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