On Wednesday, Georgetown hosted its Ninth Iron Tech Lawyer Competition, featuring student-created apps that promote access to justice.
Appearing before a panel of judges, students compete for prizes for Excellence in Design, a Social Media Prize, and - for the all around best app - Iron Tech Lawyer.
This year's competition featured six apps designed for legal service providers around the country. The winning app, The New Orleans Release Date Calculator, helps attorneys and family members of incarcerated individuals calculate when they will be eligible for release, and helps keep track of prisoners detained past their release date. It was created for the New Orleans Public Defenders' Office.
The winner for Excellence in Design, STAN: The SNAP and TANF Assistant of New Mexico helps families determine their eligibility for public benefits and fill out the necessary forms for filing. It was developed for public interest client Law Access New Mexico, who worked with the students closely in developing the app.
The Social Media prize -- determined by several hundred voters casting their vote on competition day -- was The Florida Interpersonal Help App, developed for Florida's Office of the State Courts Administrator. The app determines what type of relief users can seek for domestic violence or sexual abuse, and helps users safely fill out forms to file in court.
You can read more about the apps and view the competition video on our 2018 Competition Page. Congratulations to all who participated!