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October 2, 2020

Affinitas and Laboratoria join forces to organize the first regional Hackathon in Latin America

  • Legal Hackathon is a LegalTech experience aimed at in-house legal teams of companies in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
  • The virtual event will take place from 23 to 27 November 2020 and consist of five days of online collaboration to develop technology solutions for legal challenges of participating companies from the four countries involved.



Affinitas, an alliance made up of four top-level independent firms in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, joins forces with Laboratoria, a non-profit organization that seeks to train low-income women in technological skills for their insertion in the labor market, to organize the first regional Legal Hackathon. The event offers legal managers of various companies a platform to solve challenges and improve the user experience of their internal clients.

The participating companies, after carrying out a training process and identifying opportunities within their legal areas, will work on these challenges in collaboration with the graduates of Laboratoria, and with the mentoring of Affinitas member firms, and try to develop a solution in 5 days.

This project has the virtue of combining efforts aimed at promoting innovation in legal departments, as well as supporting Laboratoria in their training work, contributing to developing a more diverse, inclusive and competitive digital economy in Latin America.

Juan Luis Avendaño, current chair of Affinitas, explains: “This Legal Hackathon is unique. It combines the strategic agenda of leading companies, the talent of Laboratoria’s digital experts, and the legal expertise of the participating in-house teams and our member firms. Innovation and digital transformation have become a shared priority among our member firms, and we are delighted to contribute to the positive change this project will generate.

Regarding the need to consolidate a digital economy that generates opportunities in the region, María Paula Rivarola, Regional Business Director of Laboratoria, comments: “This revolution involves all sectors; technology has disruptive potential in everything we do.  But it is people who have the real capacity to innovate and leverage new digital tools to their advantage. With this Legal Hackathon, Laboratoria and Affinitas will build bridges between the legal talent in the region and Laboratoria’s web developers and user experience designers. We know the results will be amazing!

The Legal Hackathon will take place between November 23 and 27 and the final presentation of the solutions will be broadcasted simultaneously on social networks in the four participating countries.