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ABA Justice Hack Chicago 2018

  • John Marshall Law School 315 South Plymouth Court Chicago, IL, 60604 United States (map)

Join us at the ABA Annual Meeting 2018 for ABA JusticeHack Chicago 2018.  

Anticipate a collaborative, engaging hack-a-thon environment with diverse teams of community, academic, legal, law enforcement, faith-based, and technology stakeholders. Participants will develop innovative and technology-based solutions to address challenges facing law enforcement and communities of colors.   


Register today for the second annual ABA JusticeHack Chicago.  ABA JusticeHack Chicago 2018 is free.  All meals and refreshments, including breakfast, lunch, snacks and evening lite bites are complimentary. **Onsite Registration Available**


  • 8:00 a.m. - Arrival and Registration 
  • 9:00 a.m. - Ideation & Issue Exploration Session
  • 11:30 a.m. - Working lunch and Team Planning
  • 12:15 p.m. - Prototype Development (Issue, Solution, Data Set, Application, Framework, Initial Testing, Deployment Strategy)
  • 4:00 p.m. - Presentation & Judging
  • 5:00 p.m. - Closing & Awards Reception


Bragging rights. Critical acclaim and some great monetary prizes:

  • $550 First Prize
  • $300 Second Prize
  • $150 Third Prize


Sgt. Carl Hattula, Chicago Police Department
Thomas H. Prol, Partner, Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP
Emily Drevets, Software Engineer & Co-Organizer, Chi Hack Night
Terrence Neumann, Deployed Data Scientist, UChicago Crime & Education Labs

Directions & Special Instructions

Please enter the building  through the 304 South State Street entrance. Check-in/ Registration is located on the 12th Floor of the building.  There will be signage directing you to the registration/ check-in area.


Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged. The John Marshall Law School does not have parking facilities. Public parking lots and garages are located within a few blocks in any direction around the school. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED DRIVING DIRECTIONS AND LOCAL PARKING GARAGE LIST


What Should I Expect?

Fun (and lots of food).  Plus, an opportunity to develop a cool work product by working alongside individuals from outside of your normal sphere of influence, who hold different perspectives and professional and personal experiences. Monetary ($$$$) prizes designed to help you keep building out the solutions developed. Watch the ABA JusticeHack Miami Video for more details. Cash prizes: $550 - 1st Prize; $300- 2nd Prize; $150 - 3rd Prize

How Can I Prepare?

Come ready with your ideas.  In particular, be ready to share with the group your best solution to addressing a tension point between law enforcement and one (1) of the designated groups:  Immigrant, youth, bystander, individuals, or persons with disabilities.

Following our introduction, you will have an opportunity to share (in 60 seconds or less) your proposed solution.  And, you never know, your solution may be one of the 10 best ideas/solutions selected for teams to develop and build throughout the day.

Technology and I don't get along well. I'm not software development or programmer. Can I still participate?

Yes! You certainly can! ABA JusticeHack is a community initiated event and our goal is gather diverse participants from all segments of the Miami community. If the topic is of interest to you, please join us.

Do I need a laptop?
If you have one, please bring it. While not guaranteed, a limited number of laptop computers will be available onsite for use by participants and teams who do have access to personal computers.

Who Owns What?

ABA JusticeHack is operated on an open source model. We firmly believe that a free and unencumbered exchange of ideas, information, solutions, tools and learnings is critical to creating an environment where people are allowed to learn and use existing information toward creating new ideas. Accordingly, all work product is contributed via an open source model. More details here.

What are the goals for ABA JusticeHack ?

  • Identify and prioritize issues and solutions to tension points relating to interactions between law enforcement and  pre-designated user groups (youth, bystander, immigrant, individual and persons with disabilities).
  • Wireframe innovative and tech enabled solutions aimed at building alliances between law enforcement and communities of color.
  • Team objective: (1) Determine if selected solution is feasible; (2) develop a workable model that could be scaled up later; and (3) prepare a presentation to pitch your best solution.

Are there APIs or Data Sets Available?
Yes!  We have two recommended API sources made available in collaboration with the Chicago Police Department as well as other nationally accessible data sets. Please review the Chicago Tech Toolkit online at:

Who Made This Possible?

We''re so grateful to the following supporters and sponsors without whom ABA JusticeHack would not be possible: 



Earlier Event: April 7
ABA Justice Hack Durham 2018