The ALT Network is committed to providing a hub for the legal and technology sectors in Africa to meet and collaborate. This section provides useful resources, networking opportunities and tools for the ALT members and prospective providers of investment and other resources to build your network.
Education & Training Programs
There are several education programs and training opportunities across the continent to help you and your business enter the legal tech market and grow.
LegalWeek & EY Present: How to Overcome Barriers in Your Tech Implementation Journey
Purchasing technology for your legal department is only one step in a series necessary to confirm that the technology will enable efficiencies and provide insight that will justify the investment. Skipping the necessary intervening steps is sure to result in implementation delays, unhappy users, unexpected service fees, and under-utilised or abandoned technology.
Gain practical guidance to help foster a successful legal technology implementation — which will ultimately lead to a more efficient, engaged and data-driven organisation.
Join this webcast for guidance and examples related to different stages of the implementation journey including:
- Requirements identification
- Legal process automation
- Designing data strategies
- Change management
- Plus, common barriers in the tech implementation journey and tips using real life examples on how to overcome them.
Announcing the Africa Is a Country Fellowship
The purpose of the AIAC Fellowship is to support the production of original work and new knowledge on Africa-related topics that are under-recognized and under-covered in traditional media, new media, and other public forums. It particularly seeks to amplify voices and perspectives from the left that address the major political, social, and economic issues affecting Africans in ways that are original, accessible, and engaging to a variety of audiences.
Fellows will be writers and/or other cultural/intellectual producers who can contribute meaningfully to transforming and expanding knowledge about Africa and the diaspora. Each fellow will receive a grant of up to US$3,000 to create original work on a topic of their choice for AIAC over a 9-month period. While we expect that most fellows will produce essays and/or reporting and analysis, we are also open to work in other formats, such as photo essays, documentary videos, and more. Fiction, poetry, and fine and performing arts are not eligible for support from this program.
Rolling applications February 20, 2020
Digital Lab Africa
The Digital Lab Africa call for projects targets artists, producers, designers, start-ups, students in the media and creative industries. The call is open to anyone from Sub-Saharan Africa having an innovative project in 5 categories: digital art, immersive realities, video game, animation and music. DLA is looking for projects at initial stage of development, innovative in terms of narration, content or technologies.
Deadline to apply is 1st of March 2020
Antler Startup Generator Program
Global startup generator and early stage venture capital firm, Antler, has raised $50 million for its various global funds which includes Nairobi. Its new investors include Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. For its African operation Antler plans to use the new funds to build “more high caliber tech startups.” It’s also looking to recruit for its second cohort of African entrepreneurs to join the program in Nairobi starting Mar. 2.
Deadline: March 2, 2020
Lionel Cliffe Memorial Research Scholarship
The Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE) announces a small research grants competition for African scholars and/or activists based in Africa. The competition is based on the premise that a shortage of funding for critical research is one of the problems faced by Africa-based scholars and activists wishing to carry forward a political economy agenda. In response to this, ROAPE is offering up to two small research grants (value £3000). The process of selection of proposals, as well as their expected format, is outlined here.
Applicants should be nationals of an African country and residents in an African country. Applicants who are based in or studying outside Africa will not be considered. Priority will be given to younger scholars and activists who are not yet established and who do not have alternative source of funding for primary research. Joint applications (by two candidates or more) meeting these criteria will also be considered.
Deadline: March 15, 2020
VC4A Startup Academy – Free Courses
With over a decade of experience supporting over 13,500 African startups to scale, VC4A has created free courses together with today’s top experts on doing business in Africa. These are learnings that cover setup, finance, legal and beyond that you can’t afford to not grasp. Unlock the skills you need to take your business from an idea to a thriving investment-ready startup, starting today.
This masterclass, presented by two leaders in their field, dives into customer experience for lawyers using design thinking, providing a fresh perspective.
Welcome to the African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI)
AMMI is a novel fully funded one-year intensive graduate program that provides brilliant young Africans with state-of-the-art training in machine learning and its applications. The AMMI program will prepare well rounded machine intelligence researchers who respond to both present and future needs of Africa and the world.
Blockchain and the Law: What Lawyers (and Their Clients) Need to Know
Attendees will learn:
- The basics of blockchain technology
- Common blockchain use cases
- Considerations when advising clients on blockchain
- Emerging legal and regulatory issues related to blockchain technology
Networking & Events
Explore various networking guides, tools, events and platforms to help your startup grow or help connect you with the growing legal technology market in Africa and abroad.
February 11-12th, 2020
Register today for a one and half day ILFA leadership summit aimed at uniting and elevating the African in-house legal community through discussion, cooperation and network building.
Attendance objectives for in house lawyers:
- Network with a premium audience of peers, where senior in house counsel meet and discuss hot topics in an exclusive and dedicated forum
- Exchange ideas on workplace practices within established and respected in house teams
- Gain knowledge and insight from leading international in-house counsel as they discuss their greatest challenges and best practice approaches
- Discuss and debate what the future holds for Africa based in-house counsel
- Uncover first-hand experiences on new approaches, differentiators and concepts from legal thought-leaders
- Acquire proven, actionable insights for your team in a rapidly changing world
ALT Members have the chance to save on registration with the code “ALT_20”
Blockchain for Lawyers Masterclass
Presented by Infusion Lawyers
March 3-4th, 2020
Blockchain for Lawyers Masterclass is for lawyers, regulators, policy makers, and others who need a comprehensive introduction to blockchain & cryptocurrency law and regulations.
A comprehensive course in blockchain & cryptocurrency law and regulations, Blockchain for Lawyers Masterclass is a 2-day training course that will cater to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
The course has been specially put together to meet the needs of persons who need a solid understanding of:
- what the blockchain is;
- the various aspects of blockchain, from tokenization and virtual assets to smart contract;
- legal, regulatory, and compliance issues in relation to blockchain application
- cryptocurrency regulations and comparative regulatory approach to blockchain in major jurisdictions; and
- how lawyers can reposition themselves as a professionals equipped with the knowledge required to provide legal-advisory services to governments and blockchain-based businesses and organizations.
Africa Law Tech Festival
March 6-11, 2020
Hosted by the Lawyers Hub in Kenya with the support of Omidyar Network, the Africa Law Tech Festival 2020 is the first of its kind on the Continent, aimed at bringing together various leaders from across Africa in Law and Technology sectors.
The Festival will create a space where conversations around policy issues in emerging technologies, the role of tech in promoting access to justice, rule of law and law reform will be achieved. Africa’s place in the global tech landscape is rapidly changing.
Blockchain Africa Conference 2020
Blockchain Technology: Beyond the Hype
March 11-12th, 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa
Join us at Africa’s leading blockchain and cryptocurrency conference, the Blockchain Africa Conference 2020 where we will cut through the hype and showcase the potential of these disruptive and innovative technologies. The conference will explore how blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies provide opportunities and benefits for individuals, governments, start-ups, companies and institutions by removing and improving inefﬁcient systems and processes within and across organisations.
Blockchain Technology: Beyond the Hype
March 24-25th, 2020
From lectures to plenary sessions and VIP speakers, Cybertech Africa 2020 will feature an extensive exhibition for multinational companies and SMBs alike, as well as a Startup Pavilion, where young and innovative startups display their cutting-edge technologies.
As a leading platform for exchanging ideas, networking and B2B opportunities for players in cyber, Cybertech Africa will look ahead at the future cyber trends and developments that are expected in sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, finance, security, and more. If you, your organization, or company is part of the cyber ecosystem in Africa – this is the place for you!
Save 20% off Registration Fee with code: ‘cyinafrrw2020dis‘
Find links to online guides, articles, webinars, podcasts and publications to gain further insight into the legal technology market and African technology sector.
Legal Tech StartUp Focus Podcast Presents:
An Interview with Omer Hayun, Co-Founder and CEO of Bestpractix
In this episode your podcast host, Charlie Uniman, interviews Omer Hayun, co-founder and CEO of Bestpractix (www.bestpractix.com), legal tech software that provides a customized and streamlined approach to contract drafting, review and negotiation.
Charlie covers Omer’s career path, with Omer explaining how he moved from obtaining his degree from law school, and practicing law in Israel, to working on the business side in Israel (including performing in-house counsel duties) and, inspired by a desire to minimize the repetitive “grind” that business lawyers so often face, to founding Bestpractix., Next Omer explains what Bestpractix’s software does to help law firms and in-house legal departments efficiently manage their organizational contract knowledge by providing access to only the most relevant contract precedents when assisting lawyers in the preparation and negotiation of contract language.
2020 Will be a Big Year in the China-Africa Tech Sector
Podcast from The China-Africa Project
China’s role in the African tech market is rapidly evolving away from just being a source of low-cost electronics to becoming the indispensable player in the continent’s rapidly developing market for digital services, networking equipment and venture capital financing.
But the good also comes with the bad. Although Chinese companies like Transsion, Boomplay, Huawei and many others are launching one exciting product after another, these same firms are also taking advantage of Africa’s weak digital governance. Sensitive issues over data rights, online surveillance and digital privacy are largely ignored in most African countries.
This week, Eric & Cobus speak with Stephany Zoo, founder of the Nairobi-based China-Africa Tech Initiative and head of marketing and communications at AZA Finance, a currency trading firm located in Kenya, about what to expect in the China-Africa tech sector in 2020.
New Webinar from Above the Law
The Phone Is The Most Important Piece of Legal Tech
Lawyers today are inundated by an endless stream of hype aimed at getting them to embrace the latest technological flavor-of-the-month: AI! Predictive Analytics! 5G! Blockchain! And on and on… Overlooked amidst the buzz is the indisputable fact that, for a legal practice, there is no more important piece of technology than…the telephone. You may license the most cutting-edge practice management platform, but if your phone system is outdated, overpriced, and immobile than your client service will suffer and along with it, your bottom line.
Join us on Thursday, 12/5 at 4pm EST and learn how to optimize your practice’s phone system. Learn from the experts from our friends at Ooma all about the benefits of a truly efficient, economical phone system fully integrated into your attorney workflow.
December 5, 2019 – 4pm EST
New Webinar from Above the Law
Exploring Artificial Intelligence and the Law
The ever-hastening progress of legal technology continues to push law firms to a future where lawyers can do more than ever before, in a manner so efficient that the value being offered to clients is beyond compare. Although practice management, document management, and even legal research platforms have incorporated artificial intelligence and machine learning into their offerings, not all law firms have gotten on board with the new capabilities that this technology has made available to them.
Learn about the following topics:
– The evolution of legal research
– A brief overview of legal tech solution areas
– Demystifying AI
– Machine learning in detail: supervised versus unsupervised
– The benefits of embracing legal tech
Evolve the Law Podcast
The Importance of Cloud Security for Lawyers
Kristi and Ian reflect on the vital importance of cloud security for lawyers practicing in the modern age, winning and keeping customer business through dedicated support teams, and how technology optimizes legal practice management so attorneys can focus on what they do best.
Legal Innovation & Tech Fest 2019 Report
Check out this report to discover what professionals from 75+ law firms, in-house legal teams and alternate legal service providers say their challenges are of achieving success in legal innovation using technology as an enabler, both within their organisations & the wider community.
Choosing Technology For Your Small Law Firm: A How-To Guide
Learning about technology often seems like an insurmountable task, but help is here for you. Evolve the Law has compiled a short guide to kickstart your thinking.
Hosted by Oklahoma University and the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium, this webinar provides an overview of the potential for blockchain integration in legal services, as well as some practical use cases to help you better conceptualise the deployment of blockchain.
How Legal Technology Will Change the Business of Law
This report published by the Boston Consulting Group in partnership with the German Bucerius Law School provides an excellent detailed look at the potential for technology to truly disrupt the business of law and the delivery of legal services.
If you are new to the world of legal tech, this is a great primer on all various sectors in this growing industry.
In-House Lawyers & Legal Tech
The recent explosion of the legal technology market and proliferation of tools marketed with buzz-words such as artificial intelligence has resulted in a need for greater clarity on which solutions are being used successfully by legal departments to deliver the promised returns.