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.
Future Law Short Course
Registration Closes: November 29, 2019
Start Date: February 3, 2020
The Futures Law Faculty presents an innovative short course aimed at filling the gaps of the current curriculum and practice. From tech and code to future possibilities, understanding the changing landscape is the first step to designing a prosperous career. Through a blended medium, legal practitioners will come to grips with new advancements in technology, conundrums of law, human rights, cyber security and other dire skills like UX and marketing. The course is practical, inspiring and thought-provoking. Classes and assignments are online with a full-day contact orientation day (available in Cape Town and Johannesburg).
- INTRODUCTION TO FUTURES THINKING & LAW
- EXPONENTIAL TECHNOLOGIES
- TRIAL TECHNOLOGY & E-DISCOVERY
- THE BUSINESS OF LAW (NEW CAREERS AND PARADIGMS)
- BIG DATA
Blockchain & Law | Masterclass with Tanya Knowles & Jackie Nagtegaal
Come delve into the impact of blockchain on law. We’ll be cutting through the hype, break down what blockchain really is about and how it will upend and impact the legal profession.
From opportunities to challenges, we will explore what the future of law look like.
Design Thinking in Enhancing Customer Experience for Legal Practice
We’ve all heard about tech and faster service, massive shifts in traditional offering, but how do we go about it in practice?
By using design thinking tools we learn how to re-think current systems and design creative solutions that answer all these areas, with the customer in the centre.
Design thinking skills are critical in a new age where creativity and simplicity looms. It’s a new skills lawyers should embrace, along with CX (customer experience), as the demands of the market change.
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.
AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2019
October 28-30, 2019
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The 4th edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering will be hosted by The African Union Commission Department of Human Resource, Science and Technology, with Tech Village and xHub as hub hosts. The event themed ‘Connect: Towards an Integrated Innovation Ecosystem’ will be taking place from 28th – 30th October, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Also, the AfriLabs Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 27th October 2019 before the Gathering.
The 3-day Gathering will feature panel discussions, keynote addresses, presentation sessions, multiple parallel workshops, local ecosystem tour, networking sessions, and open floor exhibitions.
Law, Justice and Development Week 2019
November 4-7, 2019
The Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week 2019 will focus on the overarching theme of Rights, Technology and Development with the following objectives:
- Discuss the intersection of human rights and technologies.
- Explore the legal response to the impact on development challenges posed by disruptive technologies.
- Examine how technology in fragile contexts affects development outcomes with a focus on vulnerable groups.
- Observe the legal and ethical implications of new technologies and economic development.
- Analyze the impact of technology on the practice of law.
- Study ways to incorporate technology into the administration of justice.
November 12-14, 2019
CTICC, Cape Town
AfricaCom 2019 AfricaCom is the place to meet everybody who’s anybody in African telecoms and technology; bringing together 15,000 attendees, 450 speakers and 500 exhibitors. Whether your focus is connectivity infrastructure, disruptive technologies, digital services or ICT strategy, this is the place to network, learn and get deals done.
Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2019
November 13-15, 2019
Cape Town, South Africa
Africa’s early stage investor community will convene November 13-15 for the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2019. This exclusive investor-only event, to be hosted in Cape Town, South Africa, unites key ecosystem stakeholders from across the continent and beyond, to exchange best practices, learn from peers and recent transactions, and do deals.
Africa Fintech Summit 2019
November 21, 2019
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
As Africa’s fastest growing economy and the continent’s second most populous country, Ethiopia is at the precipice of unprecedented change. Thanks to extensive infrastructure investments across the last two decades, an ambitious structural reform agenda, partial privatization of the national telecom monopoly and the addition of two new providers, imminent liberalization in the financial sector, and a clear embrace of innovation as an economic driver, Ethiopia presents unparalleled opportunities for investment, entrepreneurship, and innovation in fintech.
The Africa Fintech Summit will gather disruptors, tech and finance professionals, regulators, and investors from across Africa and the world in Africa’s political capital, Addis Ababa. Join us on November 21, 2019.
Africa Tech Summit Kigali
February 4th-6th, 2020
Kigali Convention Center, Rwanda
The Africa Tech Summit will once again provide unrivalled insight, networking and business opportunities for African and international tech leaders and investors who want to do business in Africa.
Additionally, ALT members and summit delegates can benefit from discounted registration to the Africa Tech Summit Kigali, February 2020.
Find links to online guides, articles, webinars, podcasts and publications to gain further insight into the legal technology market and African technology sector.
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
Download 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.