December 8, 2020 10:13 am Published by

Three weeks ago, our hackers clock started ticking as the Hack the House hackathon powered by Onit was launched. This friendly competition brings together Onit customers, partners and staff, to re-imagine the role of technology in legal operations. With the foundation of the no-code  Onit Apptitude platform, they have created Apps to address real challenges – and their processes – faced by corporate legal departments.

As the hacking journey has been completed, we want YOU to vote in favour of your favourite team! Voting will be open until Friday, December 11th, 22:00 GMT/ 17:00 EST. Don’t forget – once you vote you get the chance to win an electric scooter. The lucky winner will be selected at random from the public voting and will be announced along with the Hack the House winner during a webinar on December 15th at 16:00 GMT / 11:00 EST.

Let’s take a quick look at the teams and their Apps:

Team EU App: Data Breach Incident Reporting

Team Members:

  • Robert Johnson, Onit
  • Claire Banham, Onit
  • Alyssa Kokilah, Cognia Law
  • Ed Rastelli, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Lee Harrison, BT Group
  • Tyler Reno, Onit

Organizations must take immediate action to report potential data breaches to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) within 72 hours. Team EU joined the legal operations hackathon to build an App that reports, manages and tracks data breaches and notifies regulators. It collects data breach information, automatically sends a notice to the security and compliance team and offers a rules-based dashboard and a quick entry point to review records. It even generates ICO reports and submits them in addition to collecting feedback from the organization.

Team HR App: Mentorship and Career Development

Team Members:

  • Weston Wicks, Morae Global
  • Brett Baccus, Morae Global
  • Dipish Parmar, Morae Global
  • Curtis Batterton, McDonald’s
  • Chris Hultgren, Deere and Company
  • David Duffey, Onit

Team HR, or rather “Hackathon Royalty,” created an App that allows people seeking professional development to connect to people who can offer it. Mentors and mentees can access the App to fill out a short intake form and provide information about themselves, their areas of interest and hobbies. It alerts users of new projects that align with their interests, giving them the ability to review and apply. Overall, it enables self-serve professional development while allowing a central administration to oversee the process.

Team IP App: Trademark Renewals and Trade Secrets Access Management

Team Members:

  • Nadine Stuttle, Duff and Phelps
  • Rebecca Cotton, Duff and Phelps
  • Matt Burdman, Colgate Palmolive
  • Ken Capece, Colgate Palmolive
  • Atlantis Langowski, Onit
  • Larry Gianneschi, Colgate Palmolive
  • Josie Johnson, Onit

Team IP, who consider themselves the “dark horse” in this legal operations hackathon, has used Apptitude to automate the annual trademark renewal process. This exercise typically includes highly manual work and often relies on stakeholders in various regions and departments to decide whether to renew or not. The App streamlines the process, providing visibility into the status of each trademark renewal and automating some of the communications and reminders involved while gathering decisions.

Team Diversity App: Vendor and Law Firm Diversity Tracking

Team Members:

  • Eric Kabot, Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD.
  • Michele Compasso, Corteva Agriscience
  • Gregg McConnell, Corteva Agriscience
  • Jesse Viani, Onit
  • Sam Lu, Consilio
  • Lisa Morris, Consilio
  • Debby Young, Consilio
  • Rhonda Oliver, Onit

Team Diversity has devised an App-based solution to help expand opportunities for diversity and an equal opportunity workspace. Using the App, a legal operations professional can gather a high-level view of each of their law firm’s diversity efforts, as well as track historical progress and report on efforts. The App sends law firms a survey to gather the information, where they can share their diversity status and initiatives.

Team Pro Bono App: Pro Bono Program Management

Team Members:

  • Nick Panagoplos, Chubb
  • Kim Takacs, Chubb
  • Paige Edwards, Onit
  • Massimo Penzo, Morae Global

For decades, lawyers have volunteered their time and expertise to donate legal services to those in need. In recognition of this effort, Team Pro Bono has built a solution to help Pro Bono leadership track, manage, recognize and report on time spent by attorneys of these programs. The App provides details for Pro Bono opportunities, including the location and can volunteer via the App. Using the App, Pro Bono program administrators can generate thank you notes to participants and review and report on all Pro Bono activities employees participated in.

We would like to thank Onit for trusting us with the organisation of Hack the House. It has been a real pleasure working with their team on this amazing project. Congratulations to all of the teams for their excellent work! To us, they are all winners! 

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