“The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers – Global Legal Hackathon Challenge”
VdA has participated with the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics and with BI4ALL in “The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers – Global Legal Hackathon Challenge”, an initiative that also had the support of the Vasco Vieira de Almeida Foundation and VdA Academy. The multidisciplinary team that participated in this Hackathon created the I-Dial, a platform that, aims to help senior citizens who due to Covid-19 are in isolation.
The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers – Global Legal Hackathon Challenge” aimed to promote the identification of solutions to the complex issues raised by the Covid-19 pandemic. This Hackathon, carried out on a worldwide scale, emerged at a critical time when organizations, governments, legal systems and the population were forced to face large challenges, of high complexity and severity.
In this global initiative, 170 projects were submitted, 225 organizations participated, making a total of 2700 participants.
Over the past three weeks, VdA – with the assistance of Fundação Vasco Vieira de Almeida and VdA Academy – has worked, in cooperation with Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics and with BI4ALL, to respond to the challenge “How to facilitate risk groups’ equal access to fundamental rights while locked down or subject to restricted movement”. In this context, the team looked for a way to help senior citizens in isolation to exercise their fundamental rights and to access essential goods and services. And, the result was the I-Dial platform that, through Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language, establishes the connection between the senior citizen (and other groups at risk) and a volunteer available to provide the service in that area, allowing him access, for instance, to medicines, meals, medical appointments or voluntary work in the safety of their homes.
The volunteers are selected and monitored by the Associations, both registered in the I-Dial application, which records their tasks and performance.
This was one of the biggest innovation events in the legal sector ever!