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MADR Director's Tech for Justice Hackathon Team Takes Second Place

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MADR Director's Tech for Justice Hackathon Team Takes Second Place
by Bill Warters - Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 12:21 PM

This summer MADR Director Bill Warters participated in the first national Tech for Justice Hackathon held at the Code for America Office in San Francisco. Pressing issues in the justice field (bullying, landlord tenant conflicts, environmental and public policy conflicts, access to justice services, etc) were presented by topical experts and then teams of designers, coders, law students and dispute resolution specialists formed around about 7 different projects, building the best app they could imagine in the 2 days of available time.

Dr. Warters' team, which took on the challenge of addressing cyberbullying, included a Nigerian attorney (Ijeoma Ononogbu), a San Francisco-based student interface designer (Patrick Chan), a social justice educator from UMass Amherst (Leah Wing) and several other advisors who moved between groups. 

The exciting news is that our app design for the "We're With You" cyberbullying bystander activation app was awarded the second place prize. Dr. Warters team were given their prizes by the current President of the American Bar Association,  Jim Silkenat, during a full-day conference entitled "Breaking Mad" held at Hastings Law School exploring conflict resolution in the emerging "collaborative economy". Video footage from the live stream recording is available online and is embedded below.

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