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Ask Anyone Who Was There – Impressions from the Legal Geek Conference 2018

There is no doubt about it—three years in, the Legal Geek Conference is now an icon in the world of legal tech.

Doubling in size each year, last week’s event had an electric energy buzzing through a crowd of passionate professionals – startup founders, lawyers, in-house counsel, developers, venture capitalists, governmental institutions, academics, students, and more. It felt as if the whole legal tech ecosystem had gathered together for one day in London.

The Nextlaw Labs/Legal Geek partnership launched last year with the Legal Geek Road Trip 2017. Legal Geek founder Jimmy Vestbirk and members of Nextlaw Labs drove through Europe in the 70’s VW camper van, Betty, to meet local legal tech communities, thought leaders and startups. Taking it up a notch in 2018, Legal Geek, Nextlaw Labs, and Nextlaw Ventures left Betty in Europe to embark on the Around The World Tour to meet the best legal tech startups in farther-flung regions and select the best among them for the chance to attend the conference. At the Legal Geek Conference 2018, we had the opportunity to reunite with many familiar faces we had met along the way. Anton Pronin from the Skolkovo IT Cluster in Russia, Paul Neo from SAL and FLIP in Singapore, and Stevie Ghiassi of Legaler and ALTA from Sydney were among the many friends present and speaking during the day.

This year’s conference was rich with knowledge and sharing and offered a broad sample of the market’s newest technologies and initiatives. The startup village included winners of the Legal Geek Around the World Tour 2018 Anika, LawSwitch, TurboContract and Pravoved, as well as Nextlaw Ventures portfolio companies Doxly, Clause and Apperio. Main stage speakers included Amanda Smith from the UK Ministry of Justice, Noah Waisberg, CEO of Kira Systems, Stuart Barr, Chief Product and Strategy Officer at HighQ, and Dan Jansen, CEO of Nextlaw Labs and Nextlaw Ventures. Throughout the conference, one message was clear: there is no better time to get involved in the legal tech space, to integrate solutions with a modular approach, and to shape the legal system of the future with an inclusive, meaningful, ethical, and visionary approach. The optimal moment to connect and collaborate is now.

The Legal Geek Conference 2018 was a truly inspiring and enjoyable day! And I can’t think of a better way to conclude the evening than enjoying drinks with friends, rocking out to the music of Law Rocks! and dreaming about the future.

Catch up on everything that went down at the Legal Geek Conference 2018 here on Legal Geek’s website.