Make the US Justice System fairer & more accessible for all Americans!

CourtHack is back!

CourtHack 2.0, the premiere US Justice System hackathon, will be held at the beautiful New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The brightest legal minds, technologists, entrepreneurs, and others will gather for an epic, 30-hour hackathon to benefit the administration of justice. Expert mentors, including judges, administrators, and CIOs from across the country will lend their expertise to help ensure participants are building useful, relevant projects.

Find a team!

The core of every legal system is defined by access to complete, accurate, and timely information. Technologies developed in the past decades have completely revolutionized the way we interact with this information. Although times have changed, many aspects of our court systems have not. Historically mired before the ever-widening digital gap, our institutions have much catching-up to do.

The CourtHack hackathon is an initiative by the National Center for State Courts and HackerNest that directly addresses this problem. Hackathons have become the de facto mechanism of choice for innovative product/service businesses to emerge – the most practical, meritocratic, and efficient way of vetting new ideas into implementation.

CourtHack will serve as a symbol to help shape public perception (as one of the first-ever court-related hackathons) of how the justice and legal community intend to work with the technology community.

An important highlight is that court experts including judges, court administrators, and CIOs from around the country will be lending their expertise as members of our very distinguished panel of judges. It is exactly these kinds of strong, high-profile partnerships that distinguish CourtHack in terms of pedigree, credibility, and reach.

Approximately 100 participants will form teams and compete for sizeable cash and non-cash prizes, invaluable mentorship opportunities, key meetings with industry decision-makers, and a demo spot at a major court technology conference. Pride, respect, and recognition, of course, all come standard with victory.

To further our important mission, we want to enable as many people as we can to participate. If you cannot pay for a ticket, don't worry, email us and we'll figure out a way to get you involved!


Saturday & Sunday, April 22-23, 2017
New Jersey Law Center ● 1 Constitution Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 

Saturday, April 22
8:00 AM - Breakfast 
9:15 AM - Welcome note; "Voices from the Field" discussion panel 
10:15 AM - Team-Matching 
11:00 AM - Hackathon Start 
1:00 PM - Lunch 
7:00 PM - Dinner 

Sunday, April 23
12:30 AM - Dinner 2 
6:30 AM - Hearty Breakfast 
11:00 AM - Strong Lunch 
1:00 PM - Hackathon Stop 
1:15 PM - Pitch practice + feedback 
2:00 PM - Judging 
5:00 PM - Deliberations; Light Dinner 
5:45 PM - Winners announced, migrate to social areas 


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This is an in-person hackathon at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ. Your entire team must be present to be eligible for prizing!


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Judging Criteria

  • Impact
    How does this improve the life of the beneficiary?
  • Practicality
    Does this fit into people's lives, is it adoptable?
  • Creativity & Technical Innovation
    How cool is this thing?
  • Polish
    How well-put-together is the team/product?