Would you like to experience legal design in action?

An interdisciplinary legal design workshop that takes place over the weekend preceding the summit.

Attendees obtain hands-on experience in combining law and design, mentored by legal design professionals.

Furthermore, the teams will have the opportunity to receive feedback from the Brainfactory Board.

Brainfactory is an interdisciplinary hands-on workshop on legal design. No prior knowledge of legal design is required but the objective of the Brainfactory is to serve as a taster of what legal design may be in practise. During the weekend, participants will obtain practical tools on how to solve a legal problem through design. Brainfactory has two tracks: public and private track.


The application to the Brainfactory is open until the 9th of October. The participation is limited to 40 places and we will inform you of admittance as soon as possible after the application closes.


The Brainfactory will have two tracks: private and public. In the private track, the legal design problem to be solved relates to private law. It is thus more of commercial and consumer law in nature. In the public track, on the other hand, the legal design problem touches upon issues relevant in public law, like the right to privacy or access to justice. When making the team formation, we try to take into account which track you have marked as preferred in your application.


During the Brainfactory you will not only get to learn about legal design but you also get new friends! The workshop takes place in interdisciplinary teams of four people. The teams are formed on Friday.

For whom?

Brainfactory is meant for legal design enthusiasts with background in law, design or technology. Both students and professionals are welcome to apply.

On Friday we start at 6PM at the Hellon office. On Saturday and Sunday, we start at 9AM and the guided program ends around 6PM, after which the participants may still continue to work on the case until 22PM. The official program ends at 6PM on Sunday after which a pizza party follows at Dottir!



  • Meet your interdisciplinary team!
  • Opening and introduction to legal design
  • Presenting the problems
  • Snacks and Drinks


  • Brainstorming & producing a solution to a legal design problem
  • Expert lecture on legal design: providing the participants with tools
  • Producing legal design solutions with the support of mentors
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


  • How to transform a legal design idea into business?
  • Expert lecture on commercialising & pitching
  • Startup & business development coaches and venture capitalists present to support the participants to prepare to pitch their work
  • Pitching to the Brainfactory Board
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Drinks

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Laura Sivula
Program Manager at Aalto ITP

LinkedIn Website

Laura Sivula is positively obsessed with disrupting the higher education industry to better suit the challenges of tomorrow. She is the dynamo behind Aalto ITP and also doubles as a Lecturer in project management at Aalto University. Her most recent challenge is to support Aalto’s multidisciplinary and challenge-based programs to gain full potential by strengthening industry involvement.

Jameson Dempsey
Director, Legal Hackers; Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP


Jameson Dempsey is a telecommunications and technology attorney based in New York City. He also serves as a director of Legal Hackers, a global community that explores and develops creative solutions to pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. He believes that legal design is fundamental to improving access to justice, law, and knowledge.

Hanna Pakaslahti
Coordinator at University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab


Hanna Pakaslahti works at the Legal Tech Lab towards an inclusive, fair Justice 2.0 where law, technology, service design merge. Hanna wants to make legal systems, thinking and contracts better, more efficient and in-sync with today's demands. A particular interest is Access Services, which are formed to bypass or expedite existing legal practices by using technology and better service design. Visualization of legal processes is in many cases a necessary starting point.

Antti Innanen
Partner at Dottir Attorneys


Antti Innanen is the managing partner of Dottir Attorneys and the co-founder of the Legal Design Summit. Antti is a tech lawyer interested in the human aspects of legal business.

Juha-Matti Santala
Brand Hacker at Sofokus


Juha-Matti Santala is a technology and community enthusiast with guilty pleasure in education. He has worked as a developer in startups and helped young entrepreneurs get their companies off the ground. He is excited to learn more about legal design and meet fantastic people in Brainfactory.

Riikka Koulu
Director of the University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab


Dr. Riikka Koulu (LL.D. trained on the bench) is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki and the director of The University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab. Koulu specializes in digitalization of legal practice and legal automation. She has received her PhD in procedural law at University of Helsinki in 2016.

Cat Moon
Professor of Legal Design at Vanderbilt Law School
Co-Founder and Legal Designer at Start Here HQ
Chief Design Officer at Legal Alignment
Legal Hackers Chapter Co-Organizer


Cat Moon teaches legal design at Vanderbilt Law Law School and works with law schools across the U.S. to innovate legal education curricula using human-centered design methods. As Co-Founder and Legal Designer at Start Here HQ, she works with firms and legal departments to reimagine client services delivery through the lens of legal design. Cat also serves as Chief Design Officer at Legal Alignment, a legal technology startup, and co-organizes the Music City Legal Hackers.

Risto Hübner
Chief Legal Officer at Nortal, Founder of Estonian Legal Hackers


Risto Hübner is the Chief Legal Officer of Nortal, a multinational strategic change and technology company, as well as the founder of the Estonian chapter of Legal Hackers. Risto is passionate about everything concerning intersection of law and technology.

Sarah Van Hecke
Legal Design Consultant at Houthoff Buruma

LinkedIn Website

Sarah van Hecke, legal design consultant at Houthoff Buruma, independently set up Legal Design as a new discipline within Houthoff Buruma. With a background in strategic marketing research, a position at one of the top dutch law firms was not the obvious choice. However, the combination of different perspectives proved very successful. Sarah is a strategic sparring partner for our lawyers. With different areas of expertise, including behavioural psychology, design and law, Sarah works together with the teams on complex matters. Whether in court or outside the courtroom.

Sebastian Nemeth
Co-founder / CEO at Portyr


Sebastian Nemeth is CEO and lead developer at Portyr, a young Finnish startup tackling transparency, consent management and portability under the GDPR. He has spent years working as a technologist in creative and collaborative environments, ranging from consulting to marketing and innovation management.

Otto Markkanen
Co-founder / Legal & Privacy at Portyr


Otto Markkanen is co-founder of Portyr, a young Finnish startup tackling transparency, consent management and portability under the GDPR. Otto is trained as a lawyer and has years of experience in working in the field of technology and privacy law, with and for companies ranging from early phase startups to multinational corporations.

Anna Ronkainen
Chief Scientist at TrademarkNow


Anna is a scholar in legal artificial intelligence and cognitive legal theory and a legal tech startup co-founder. Within legal design she is particularly interested in human-computer interaction and design management. Anna thinks that design is desperately lacking in the legal system as a whole, and good service design can also be a relatively easily achievable key differentiator for legal service providers.

Scott Allan
Serial Entrepreneur and start-up advisor


Scott is a serial entrepreneur and start-up advisor. He has held leadership positions at Canada's first internet-only service provider (Interlog), the world's second largest domain registrar (OpenSRS), one of the largest internet security services (MessageLabs) and a consumer wireless service (Ting). He currently advises two legaltech start-ups.

Laura Lerkkanen
Service Designer at Hellon


Laura Lerkkanen believes that human-centric design approach is a key in creating successful service concepts and business strategies. She currently works as a service designer at Hellon and considers Legal Design as a change of a mind-set towards empathy, customer centricity and creativity.


Jose F. Torres
Director of the Center for Innovation in Law at the University Sergio Arboleda


Torres is a former fellow at Stanford Law School's Legal Design Lab and is the current Director of the Center for Innovation in Law at the Sergio Arboleda University in Colombia. He is working at the intersection of design, law & technology to develop innovative legal services, hack access to justice and train innovative lawyers.

Johanna Rantanen
Partner at Dottir Attorneys


Johanna Rantanen is the co-founder of Dottir Attorneys and an active spokesperson for legal design. She wants to bring design thinking into law by facilitating the co-operation between lawyers and designers. Johanna has several years of experience in assisting companies of all sizes in contract and IP matters.

Erkki Izarra
Independent Consultant at Izarra


Erkki Izarra brings in 19 years of experience that he has gained as Copywriter, Creative Director, Entrepreneur and Director at Nokia and Microsoft. He has worked in top international advertising agencies in Finland, USA and The Netherlands. In 2008 he co-founded 358, a multi-disciplinary creative agency, that brought together design thinking and marketing. As an ex-Copywriter and frequent user of legal services, he is very curious about Legal Design.

Jaakko Wäänänen
CEO at Hellon


Jaakko Wäänänen is the founder and CEO of Hellon Oy and his background is in service innovation, entrepreneurship and strategy. Jaakko is a visionary entrepreneur with strong leadership skills.

Jaakko Lindgren
Partner at Dottir Attorneys


Attorney, Partner Jaakko Lindgren, assists clients in technology law acting for both technology users and suppliers in the private and public sector. He regularly advises domestic and international companies on a broad range of technology law matters. He has had a leading advisory role in multiple technology-driven M&A transactions and in venture capital investments in technology companies. Jaakko has also been acting as a member of the board of several growth companies.

Ilkka Kivimäki
Entrepreneur & VC. Chairman Slush, Wolt, Umbra&Kasvuryhmä. ex-Beddit. Boardmember of Junction & Wave Ventures, RIC


Ilkka Kivimäki is an early stage investor and an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in running high- growth technology companies. His latest company was Wicom Communications which was acquired by SAP. After serving as a SVP at SAP, he has been very active in the Nordic startup ecosystem in various roles. Ilkka is the chairman of Slush and a board member of Junction hackathon and National Research and Innovation Council of Finland.

Emma Jelley
General Counsel at Onfido


Emma Jelley is the General Counsel at Onfido, the next generation identity verification and background checking company. Prior to joining Onfido, Emma was at Google, heading up legal affairs for the UK and Ireland. Emma loves working in the fast paced environment of disruptive tech.

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