SCL Data Protection Hackathon - Saturday 16 June 2018, London

When: 16/6/2018
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Hosted by The University of Law
@computersandlaw

Date: Saturday 16 June 2018
Time: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm (Registration from 8.00 am, drinks and networking from 6.00 pm)
Venue: The University of Law, Moorgate Campus, 2 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8HQ Map

The Society for Computers and Law and the ICO are joining forces to stage a Hackathon devoted to creating an ongoing GDPR toolkit for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).

The aim is to bring together legal and tech professionals in a friendly yet competitive spirit and invite teams to come up with designs, solutions, systems and technologies to help small businesses work with the GDPR. This will be an invaluable resource to small businesses working with little or no legal guidance and with little time to devote to ensuring ongoing compliance. 

There will be prizes for the best ideas to be awarded by Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

Please note that applying for the Hackathon does not guarantee entry. You will be notified that your application has been successful.

About the challenge

The aim of the event is to produce solutions that you envisage the Information Commissioner’s Office deploying to help small-to-medium enterprises understand, implement, and demonstrate compliance with GDPR regulations.

Teams can be between two and eight members, made up of any skill-sets you want – we recommend you have a coder with you, of course.

Given the short time-frame – the event runs from 9am to 6pm – we don’t expect teams to produce a completed application on the day; mock-ups and presentations will also be perfectly acceptable.

We don’t mind if you work on your solution in advance of the event, though obviously you should still have something to do on the day.

You can produce something in any format or technology you wish; there are no restrictions on platform, framework or language, so long as it’s demonstrable at judging time!

Your solution

The judges will be looking for ideas, processes and procedures that help SMEs so they need to be affordable, relevant and easy to implement.

• Your idea will be designed to be deployed by the ICO, to be free at the point-of-use by SMEs.

• It must be developed under an open source licence, and uploaded to github.com (there will be people on-hand to help with this if necessary).

• It should be accessible to people without any knowledge or understanding of GDPR law, providing a trustworthy route to compliance.

• The winners will be announced on the SCL website and the ICO blog

• If you do win you can use the fact in any publicity and as part of your brand as follows “Winner of the [insert prize name] prize at the SCL/ICO Data Protection Hackathon 2018”   

• There will be prizes in the following categories

o Best Overall

o Best Management Tool

o Best Educational Service

o Best Cybersecurity Tool

o Best Communication with the data subject

Themes

Breaking from the format of previous hackathons, we view GDPR as too broad a topic to restrict teams to specific themes within it. Here, though, are a few areas of interest you may want to consider:

Employee training/corporate culture
Correctly following GDPR is not just a consideration for data protection officers; it’s important that everybody that handles data for an organisation understands the importance of and correct procedure for the safe handling, use, and storage of personal information.

Data subjects’ right of access, and right to be forgotten
The rights of individuals to know what information an organisation holds about them, and to demand the deletion of that information, has been a hot topic in recent times, especially regarding social networking sites and mobile devices.

Demonstrating compliance
One of the requirements of GDPR regulation is that businesses demonstrate their compliance, maintaining records of the data they store, to which other countries the data is exported, and the security measures they undertake to protect data at all points of this process.

Compliant security solutions
Understanding points of weakness in their data security, and properly implementing effective solutions for them is a challenge that many small businesses have problems identifying, let alone completing.

ICO certification
As GDPR compliance becomes a bigger issue across the UK, the need to demonstrate that compliance will also grow; not just in terms of a record of processing activities, but also as certification for business-to-business and -consumer trust. 

How to enter

  • Teams can be 2-8 members. We regret that we cannot accept applications from individuals.
  • We recommend having one or two coders, maybe a designer and a creative thinker, in addition to those with relevant legal expertise.
  • Please contact hello@scl.org with details of your team (team name, team member names, contact email addresses) and an outline of your teams' skills and experience.  

Please note that applying for the Hackathon does not guarantee entry. You will be notified that your application has been successful.


Further Information for Entrants

This is a fun, collaborative and educational event. Please come with an open mind. If you have never been to a hackathon you might find this website useful: www.hackathon.guide 

FAQs
Q: When is the Hackathon?
A: Saturday 16th June 2018.

Q: How does our team get involved?
A: Apply via email to hello@scl.org. We regret that we cannot accept applications from individuals.

Q: What is the challenge? 
A: This event is aimed at creating an ongoing GDPR toolkit for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises). Specific problems and background will be supplied at the event, with mentors on site to help answer any questions.

Q: Who do we need in our team?
A: We recommend having one or two coders, maybe a designer and a creative thinker, in addition to those with relevant legal expertise. Teams can be 2 - 8 members. 

Q: Do you have to pay to take part?
A: No, it is free to take part. However, it is an application process and we will confirm all selected teams via email. 

Q: Where is the hackathon?
A: University of Law, Moorgate Campus, 2 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8HQ

Q: I am student from a university outside of London, can you help me get to the hackathon?
A: Travel grants for students outside of London are available on application. Please email hello@scl.org to apply.

Q: Will we receive a full briefing for the event?
A:
Yes, full briefing details will be published online and sent to all teams two days before the event. Further instructions and advice from expert mentors will also be available on the day.

Q: How can I ask you a question?
A: Please email: hello@scl.org 

Our Hosts

SCL is delighted to be returning to the University of Law Moorgate, hosts of the Online Courts Hackathon in 2017 and the recent SCL Student Tech Law Challenge.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the Society for Computers and Law to change the content/timing of the programme and/or speakers.

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