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On February 9 and 10, 2018, more than 100 lawyers, employees of Baker McKenzie, clients and students from prestigious universities joined forces to participate in the first ever hackathon to be organised by a global law firm! Its theme: Rethinking client relationships in the law firm of tomorrow.

Organised in partnership with Ecole 42, the first entirely free computer programming school in France, rewarded by the Prix Opéra 2018 in the category “Client Relationships”, this hackathon was a unique opportunity to get people with differing talent profiles working together: engineers, encoders, computer technicians, managers, marketing specialists, employees from the firm’s various departments and lawyers. For the latter, it was an original experience involving collective intelligence and pluri-disciplinary work which was widely appreciated.

The Hackathon is a great example of how Baker McKenzie is bringing innovation to life and making it relevant to the sorts of real challenges our clients face. We understand that successful firms will be the ones that are proactive and adapt. Launched in early 2017, Baker McKenzie’s innovation initiatives ensure that our Firm is connecting the dots of our innovation efforts worldwide, across our 13,000 people - and by extension to our global clients. Primarily, the global innovation program exists to address changing client needs, new industry dynamics, and the broader role of digitization across the economy. Put simply, that means seeing business challenges through a client lens and helping clients anticipate what's next.