After an awesome event in Amsterdam to open our #LGRoadTrip organised in collaboration with Nextlaw Labs. For Berlin we collaborated with the ELTA Conference to organise an after party and interview people outside the venue in Betty. Jimmy also chaired a 15 person fireside chat on LawTech with meetups around the world.
Back on the road, and it’s with fondness that we reflect on our German adventure.
After two pleasant days on the road with Betty (NB. more pleasant off das Autobahn), we arrived in Berlin from Amsterdam via Hanover on Thursday evening and pitched up at the ELTA Conference on Friday morning. For the first time on our trip, the weather was a bit dodgy, but this was more than made up for by the setup for the 200-person event at von Griefsfeld: a cool warehouse venue in North East Berlin topped with outstanding catering, which Marc made the most of as Jimmy made final touches in his preparation to host a record-breaking 15-person panel in the afternoon.
As talks went through the day, we were kept company in the courtyard by the hosts, guests and speakers, including familiar faces like Julien Lasala, Marie Bernard and Fabian Hollwitz. With 9 interviews scheduled either side of the panel, it was always going to be a full on day, and it only got busier as Betty’s pulling power combined with quality attendees meant we ended the day with fifteen on her back seats to be interviewed by Jimmy.
As for Jimmy’s record-breaking panel session, with the help of research from ELTA’s Tobias Heining and Julia Bruenjes, it emerged as a source of international wisdom. Jimmy opened by asking the guests to stand and position themselves on the stage according to how ready the tech-readiness of their international market, which set the tone for a dynamic discussion on the states, drivers, differentiators and regulatory frameworks of the law tech markets across Europe.
To sum up all the insights from another inspiring day would be difficult, but the range of perspectives – including Karl Chapman’s revelations on the extortionate profit margins and increased awareness of technology’s potential in the legal industry – highlighted the need and opportunity for such international meetings of minds.
We’ll have the video interviews soon, and in the meantime, it’s onwards to Brussels for Wednesday’s event with Belgium Legal Tech. Don’t forget you can join us on #LGRoadtrip, and auf wiedersehen!
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