SCL Tech Law ‘Green’ Dragons’ Den Competition for Students 2022



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The Society of Computers and Law (SCL) is delighted to launch a ‘Green’ Dragons’ Den style competition to accelerate the profession’s drive to sustainable practice. The competition is open to all students, particularly those who are interested in tech, tech law, computer science, sustainability and ESG.

The challenge we’re setting is: how can the legal profession use technology to accelerate the transition to a sustainable society?

We are looking for sustainable ideas that can be developed to work for and within the legal profession. And although these dragons are green in colour, their sustainability interests are not limited to the environment alone and we are also inviting entries that seek to address social and corporate governance-related issues.

There are no restrictions on what kind of technological concept this could be: any scale for any purpose be it a product, a process, or innovative ways to encourage sustainable behaviour within the legal profession.

Examples abound of how digitisation, artificial Intelligence and machine learning procedures can relieve specialist lawyers of standard tasks, such as reading long contracts, minimises risks arising from human error and ensures that relevant clauses are no longer overlooked.

Successful individuals or teams will be paired with legal technology expert mentors to provide some guidance on the development of their idea following the below shortlisting process. 

How it works
Submit a 5-minute video presentation outlining your idea by Friday 21st October 2022. Three ideas will be selected from a shortlist and these individuals/teams will be invited to present their ideas at a live event in London in November 2022.

The competition is open to individual students or teams of two. Please send your application to hello@scl.org.

The Prize
The winner(s) will receive a work placement experience with a law firm or organisation prominent in the tech sector.

Who can enter?

  • all students are welcome to enter the competition, particularly those who are interested in tech, tech law, computer science, sustainability and ESG
  • you would like to opportunity to interact with and learn from experts in the tech law field.

How to enter
Please send your 5-minute presentation video outlining your idea to hello@scl.org by close of business on Friday 21 October 2022.

Sponsor the SCL Tech Law ‘Green’ Dragons’ Den Competition

Do you want to be part of a competition as unique and exciting as this one? Why not help support this initiative by becoming a sponsor or mentor?

Sponsor Package - £2000 + VAT - This package is no longer available
This package will be used for reimbursing students their travel expenses to the live final in November 2022 and for providing trophies for the winning team and runners up.

Work Placement

A work placement is a fantastic way of giving the winners some real hands-on experience and a chance for them to see how to apply what they've learned during the competition. We anticipate this competition attracting a very high calibre of candidate - exactly the people you want to recruit. If you can offer one week's work experience, please contact us.

Mentoring
We need volunteers to be mentors to the three shortlisted teams. Your role is to help them develop their pitch ready to present to the Dragons at the live event in November 2022. You will be fully briefed on the judging criteria beforehand.
Whatever level you're working - trainee, senior partner, in-house counsel, barrister - please get in touch.

If you are interested in supporting this special event please email maddie.southorn@scl.org for more details.

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