Prior to Suffolk University LIT Con 2019 on April 6-7, there will be a free skills training weekend and hackathon open to anyone. If you're not interested in the hackathon, consider dropping in for the skills building sessions. Judging and awards will be given out on April 8 from 4-6pm.

For a complete schedule see

Join the Tubman Project to learn new skills and help create open source tools for public defenders. We're looking for developers and attorneys since legal considerations will be just as important as technical ones. More to the point, they'll often be intertwined. For example, is there a possibility that communications across your app's encrypted channel may be subject to discovery?


Anyone who can get to the Boston Area on April 6th and 7th is eligible to enter. Winning the hackathon will require not just technical skills, but legal and design expertise as well. All participants are welcome, regardless of skillset.

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$3,000 in prizes

Grand Prize

Runner Up

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

This will be an in-person hackathon. To enter, just show up ready to hack!


Darrell Malone Jr.

Darrell Malone Jr.
Executive Director - Tubman Project

Dyane O'Leary

Dyane O'Leary
Co-Director - Legal Innovation and Technology Concentration

Adrian Angus

Adrian Angus
Staff Attorney - Committee for Public Counsel Services

Cynthia Mousseau

Cynthia Mousseau
Staff Attorney - New England Innocence Project

Anthony J. Benedetti

Anthony J. Benedetti
Chief Counsel - Committee for Public Counsel Services

Judging Criteria

  • Security
    The defendants' legal rights must be protected.
  • Design
    Ease of use and attractiveness.
  • Tech Appeal
    Innovative and interesting use of technology.
  • Impact
    Positive impact on the justice system or defendant.

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