1I’m still coming down to earth after the Legal Geek conference! As always, it was a fantastic way of meeting up with the “Who’s Who” of the legal tech world and hearing about how tools are developing in response to customer needs.
One new addition to the Legal Geek conference scene this year (aside from the impromptu PE lesson from Joe Wicks!) was the showcase of Ukrainian businesses who featured in the ever-popular Startup Alley. The Ukrainian Ambassador to the UK, Mr Vadym Prystaiko, kicked off this year’s conference with his rousing entreaty to continue to support his people as they fight against the Russian invasion. Having brought along his tablet in order to fit in with the geeks, he referenced the totally digital Ukrainian state machinery which has seen his people able to access all state and court documents and systems on their smart phones. He gently mocked us Brits as he highlighted how Ukrainian refugees who have fled to the UK wondered “Who are these people?” as they have found themselves surprised at how comparatively behind we are in the UK without their digitisation of ID cards, medical documents, governmental institutions, etc. all on their smartphones!
These were my top takeaways from meeting the Ukrainian Startup Alley teams.