Students win KWM Transform Law prize with machine-learning powered search engine idea

5 Nov 2019

In a bid to transform the legal profession, four University of Queensland students have taken home $10,000 after winning the KWM Transform Law prize.

An initiative of UQ Law and law firm King and Wood Mallesons—who donated the $10,000 prize—the competition attracted students from across the University who took part in an eight-week program to create and pitch ideas for a new technology to address a common problem in law.

Taking out first place was the JustAI team with their product Minrva, an AI and machine-learning powered search engine that provides answers to the everyday legal questions searched for by Queenslanders.

“While there are many plain language legal resources available online like Caxton’s Legal Handbook, LawRight’s Legalpedia and Legal Aid’s fact sheets, they are not easy to navigate without a certain level of legal literacy."

Teams participated in a series of incubator-style workshops run by UQ Ventures, receiving a crash course in startups, entrepreneurship, testing the market and monetising a new technology.

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