Bishkek Legal Hackathon 2019

Bishkek Legal Hackathon 2019


May 6-7, 2019 

AUCA, 7/6 Aaly Tokombaev



GRATA International is an international law firm founded in 1992. Today the firm has more than 250 experts in 20 countries with experience in advising practically all branches of law.


The American University of Central Asia is an international university founded in 1993. It is a multidisciplinary community in the best American traditions in the humanities. The university's curriculum includes a preparatory program (New Generation Academy), 14 undergraduate programs, and 9 master's degree programs for students wishing to pursue a master's degree.


What is a Hackathon?

Hackathon (eng. Hackathon derived from hack and marathon) is usually a two-day event during which specialists from different areas, including software developers, work intensively and together on a technical solution to a problem.

Hackathon areas 

The first area: access to justice 

  • Creation of products to help people exercise their legal rights and fight discrimination 
  • Development of projects to improve the legal literacy of the population 
  • Accessible legal services for the public 
  • Alternative ways to resolve or prevent disputes.  

The second area: innovations for legal businesses and companies 

  • innovative solutions to automate routine legal processes 
  • innovative algorithms to perform repetitive operational tasks


Who can participate in the Hackathon?

We are primarily inviting law and programming students, as well as practicing lawyers and programmers. Representatives of such areas as business, marketing, design and others are welcome as well.


Prize fund




Click here to register for the event



By registering for the Hackathon, you agree to the rules of Bishkek Legal Hackathon 2019.


Hackathon schedule


6-7 May 2019 

May 6


Registration of participants, coffee break, networking



Welcome speech from the organizers



Lectures from the event speakers 



Brainstorming and final formation of teams 



Lunch for the participants and the event organizers 



Teams start working (24 hours)



Online checkpoint (to check the progress of participants)




May 7 


Breakfast for the participants 



Team gathering, coffee break, drawing of lots for presentations, technical preparation for presentations 



Teams start their presentations 



Coffee break, break



Teams continue with their presentations 



Completion of presentations, judges ' assessments, selection of the winner



Announcement and awarding of the Hackathon winners


The Hackathon speakers and judges

Zhanabil Davletbaev is a member of the Association of Lawyers of Kyrgyzstan. Participant of the initiatives related to judicial reform, member of the expert working group of the Judicial Reform Council under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic. Coordinator of PF "Lawyers for Human Rights" programs. Co-founder of the Association of Blockchain Community in Central Asia.

Azis Abakirov is an IT entrepreneur, chairman of the Kyrgyz Association of Software and Services Developers, founder of the High Tech Park of the Kyrgyz Republic, founder of the IT Academy.
Kanybek Cherikov is an entrepreneur, tax lawyer. He has more than 10 years of experience in taxes, including in the "Big Four" companies. At present, he is the Director and co-founder of the accounting company "Cherikov and Partners". He has experience in creating two legatech startups. An active supporter of the value-based approach to business and IT solutions.
Kanat Seydaliev is a partner and head of GRATA International offices in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He advises financial institutions and corporations on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and international project finance and advises foreign companies on investments in the banking, telecommunications, natural resources and industrial sectors both in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well.
Galina Kucheryavaya is a Director for legal issues and interaction with state bodies of Sky Mobile LLC (Beeline TM). She has 19 years of experience in the banking system. In 2015, she joined Sky Mobile LLC as Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of Demir Kyrgyz International Bank CJSC. She is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the International Business Council, a member of AmCham Board of Directors, a member of the Board of the Association of Communication Operators. She was repeatedly recognized by her colleagues as the best bank lawyer in Kyrgyzstan according to "TheBestLawyers". For more than 10 years, she has been an arbitrator of the International Arbitration Court under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kyrgyzstan.


Altynbek Ismailov has been Director of the High Tech Park (HTP) of the Kyrgyz Republic since 2018. Under Altynbek's leadership, the HTP opens new markets for its residents, creates favorable conditions for startups, and physical infrastructure for technology companies. He is a part-time researcher and instructor for the Introduction to Experimental Research course at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). Altynbek is a graduate of the AUCA Economics Department and has a master's degree in Public Administration from Columbia University (New York). He has over 7 years of experience in the private, non-governmental, and government sectors.


Emanuele Costa has been with AUCA since 2009. He is currently a lecturer and Director of the FII Institute at SEBA. Emanuele holds a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lancaster University (UK) and an MA in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Bologna (Italy).


Meder Akeneev is a lawyer in the Bishkek office of GRATA International. He deals with financial and corporate issues as well as mergers and acquisitions in the banking and infrastructure industries in the Kyrgyz Republic. Meder received his M.A. from Central European University and his B.A. with honors from the American University of Central Asia. He is a co-organizer and moderator of Bishkek Legal Hackathon 2019.



Q: How will the Hackathon proceed? 

A: On the first day, the participants expect speeches and discuss ideas for potential projects, followed by the final formation of teams. The teams will work for 24 hours to develop their own projects. On the second day, the teams will continue working on their projects and present them to a panel of judges. At the end of the second day the winning team of the Hackathon will be selected.  

Q: How do I register for the Hackathon?

A: You can register for the Hackathon using the following link

Q: How many people can participate in the Hackathon?

A: A maximum of 60 (sixty) people or 10(ten) teams can participate in the Hackathon.

Q: How much does it cost to participate in the Hackathon?

A: Participation in the event is free.  

Q: Can I just attend as a guest and not a participant?

A: Yes. As a guest, you can listen to speakers on the first day and team presentations on the second day. 

Q: Who can participate in the Hackathon?

A: Primarily, law and programming students, as well as practicing lawyers and programmers. Additionally, representatives of such areas as business, marketing, design and others are welcome to participate!

Q: How many people should be in the team?

A: The team can consist of 4 (four) to 6 (six) people. Each team must necessarily (!!!) have at least 1 (one) lawyer and 1 (programmer). Additionally in teams can be and are welcomed marketers, designers and representatives of other areas.

Q: Do I need to know how to program/code?

A: No. Participants with any level of technical background are welcome to participate! You can help the team with your ideas, legal and business knowledge, and presentation skills.

Q: Can I stay overnight at AUCA?

A: Yes. The Hackathon format provides an opportunity for the most motivated participants to continue product development without an overnight break. For those who decide to spend the night in AUCA, it is better to have all the necessary tools, including a sleeping bag.

Q: Can I register for the Hackathon if I don't have a team?

A: Yes, you can register without a team and join one of the teams during the event or assemble your own one from among the other non-team participants. A final team formation will take place on the first day of the Hackathon.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: It is highly desirable to bring a laptop, a smartphone, and the necessary chargers.


  • Kyrgyz Association of Software and Services Developers (КАРПОУ);
  • IT-Academy;
  • Cherikov & Partners;
  • Association of Lawyers of Kyrgyzstan;
  • Lawyers for Human Rights Public Foundation;
  • Sky Mobile LLC (TM Beeline);
  • High Technology Park (HTP).




Ten teams participated in the Hackathon, including law students, programming students, practicing lawyers and programmers, as well as representatives of marketing, design, and other areas. The teams competed for the $1,000 prize fund. Leading lawyers and IT-entrepreneurs of the country acted as speakers and judges.

In 24 hours of non-stop work, all teams managed to develop and present to the judges prototypes of their legal tech products, including legal document constructors, solutions for the unification and digitalization of identity documents, a website for legal assistance to foreign students, and even an online quest game for legal literacy.

The winner of the Bishkek Legal Hackathon 2019 was the Ala-Too team, which presented to the judges a project of an online platform for litigation funding. The team managed to show the relevance of their product, a sustainable business model, and demonstrated a working prototype of their website.



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