Can I attend? 

Of course! We welcome programmers, students, lawyers, business folks, etc.

Does this cost money?

Registration is $50 for participants, $25 for students, $5 for observers, and developers are FREE.

What kind of project can I develop during the Hackathon: web, mobile phone or desktop applications?

We welcome  all of the above! It will depend on what sort of solution you are creating (Is it on the go? Probably mobile. Is it for lawyers at their desk? Probably web or desktop). Basically, do what makes the most sense for the product you’re building.

Is there any specific programming language that I should use?

Nope, you should code in whatever language is best for you. There will be some specific challenges that are better with certain languages, but we’ll post those ahead of time. For example, see our HP sponsored challenge below: - Unstructured data challenge. Jumpstart your real estate, entertainment law, or affordable housing app using combinations of APIs from HP. Whether it’s speech 2 text from audio/video, identifying PII in social media/on the web/in documents, or even text extraction from archive files/images/PDFs, Haven OnDemand has more than 70 APIs to help you out. You can be up and running in less than 5 minutes, and we have client libraries for the most popular programming languages including node.js, ruby, python, android, iOS, and Windows/Windows Phone 8.1. The most innovative use of our APIs wins the Haven OnDemand challenge and prize.

What will I eat?

We’ll provide food for all meals from Saturday’s breakfast to Sunday’s late afternoon reception.

What should I bring?

Bring a laptop to work from, and if you’re a student, bring your student ID.

How do teams work?

Teams are typically from 3-5 people, but we’re flexible. You could have designated teammates when you registered, or you could have also registered individually.

What if I don’t have a team?

If you don’t have a team now, don’t stress! We’ll have team formation and ideation events on Saturday morning geared towards helping you find people to work with.

What if this FAQ didn’t answer my questions?

Please email if you have any concerns at all. We’re friendly, and we’d love to help you out!






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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