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Use Cutting Edge AI to Create New Law and Justice Applications
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Virtual Competition from July 4 – September 11 2022
Deadline to Register was July 15, 2022. Watch the orientation, here.

Resources Shared During Orientation

Slides from the orientation

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Resource Kit

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Rhetorical Roles Model

A model that structures Indian judgments

Legal judgments are long, and unstructured. In order to enable faster research, bail recommendation, automatic punishment calculation, among other use cases, classifying a judgment into coherent categories is key. And this model does just that with 80% accuracy!

Named Entity Recognition Model

A model that defines entities in legal text

One of the most fundamental building blocks to enable Legal AI applications, it can help determine whether the name written in the judgment is the judge's, respondent's, witness', or the petitioner, among other entity identifications.

AI-Assisted Summarizer

A model that extracts summaries of Indian judgments

The extractive summary of judgement created using this Artificial Intelligence model finds the most important sentences in the judgement and files them under facts, issues, arguments, analysis and decision.

भ IndicTrans

A translation model for Indian language

What if all legal information is always available in all languages in India? IndicTrans provides such translation capabilities enabling ease of information access across all Indian languages and regions of India!

Speech to text

AI that understands Indian speech and converts to text

Speech to text is quite commonly seen in personal assistants such as Siri, Hey Google and Alexa. These models developed by AI4Bharat work very accurately with Indian speech. Court transcriptions and auto filling FIR are some interesting use cases made possible by these models.


Make-a-thon Timeline

Make-a-thon Partners

What are the prizes?

Upto 5 Lakh

Supporting grants to the best prototypes of the OpenNyAI Make-a-thon


Technical and Legal Mentor Support to build Solutions

2 Lakh Prize

Manupatra Cash Prize for Out-of-the-Box Solutions

Registrations are closed!

Last date for registration was July 15, 2022

Rules of the Make-a-Thon

Eligibility Criteria


  1. Indian Citizen
  2. 18 years or older
  3. No bar on current education level or employment status


  1. A Minimum of 3 members and maximum of 5
  2. It is preferable that each team comprise at least one lawyer/law student and one engineer/engineering student

Team Pairings

  1. Participants can apply individually or as a team. 
  2. Those who apply individually will be paired up based on their responses to the registration form
  3. A team can comprise a maximum of 5 participants
  4. If your team has less than 5 people, the organisers may match you with someone who has applied individually with a complementary skillset.
  5. After selection of teams, remaining applicants will be put on the waiting list. 
  6. In the event of an individual backing out from the team, the team may select any participant from the waitlist. It is not compulsory to replace the member who dropped out.

Make-a-thon Journey

  1. Participants that apply as a team can commence on their proposal as soon as they register.
  2. Proposals must be submitted in the format sent to the teams via email
  3. Once the proposal has been submitted, the evaluation panel will judge the submissions
  4.  Based on the proposal, teams will be shortlisted.
  5.  Shortlisted teams will have six weeks to build a product prototype, test their product and demonstrate its working during the pitch.
  6. Every week, teams must fill out the weekly progress report.
  7. Products built during the make-a-thon are mandatorily required to use openly available AI models and openly available data sets. The product built by the team must have applicability in the field of law and justice.


  1. Two mentors will be assigned to each team
  2. Teams shall be expected to reach out to their assigned mentors and schedule up to 4 mentorship sessions
  3. Mentorship sessions will be scheduled based on the availability of teams and mentors 

Product Demo and Pitch

  1. The Product Demo will be 15 minutes long
  2. Teams will present their product for 10 minutes and the last 5 minutes will be reserved for Q&As
  3. All team members need to be present for the Pitch. However, all team members need not speak, any combination of team members may speak and present the pitch
  4. The Pitch could either be in English or Hindi

Results and Grants

  1. The teams with the best product as determined by the judges will be awarded a grant to continue working on their product
  2. Grants upto INR 5 lakhs will be distributed among the best teams
  3. Grant money will be divided equally among the team and transferred to the bank account of each team member
  4. Grants will be announced 10 days after the product demo and pitch
  5. Grants will be transferred within two months of the announcement


  1. By submitting an entry, you warrant and represent that (a) it is your or your team’s original work; and (b) it does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; 
  2. Entries must not include information or content that is false, fraudulent, deceptive, misleading, defamatory, threatening, trade libelous, slanderous, libelous, disparaging, unlawfully harassing, profane, obscene, pornographic, hateful, indecent, inappropriate or injurious to any individual, or any third party
  3. Not complying with the above rules will result in disqualification
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How are winning applications determined?

Creative Use of AI models

The way in which the models have been applied and/or technological solutions have been harnessed

Participants can use one model or multiple in combination. To assess the quality of the applications created, one criteria will be the creativity with which tech solutions have been harnessed either by themselves or in combination with AI models to create a useful application.


What is the potential impact of the application

The power of the application to create impact in the legal industry. Impact doesnt just mean scale; it also includes transformative value for a specific group of people. For example, a solution may only affect one segment of industry or society but the effect may be a dramatic improvement or new value creation.


Whether the applications inspires new applications and approaches

The jury will also consider whether the applications created go beyond their own impact to inspiring other applications based on the approach taken by them.

I'm a technologist who doesn't know any law. Can I participate?

And other frequently asked questions

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No problem.

In case we’ve not answered your questions in the FAQ or other parts of this page, feel free to reach out to us with your queries.

Questions regarding Eligibility

Do I have to be a lawyer to participate?

No, you don’t have to be a lawyer to participate. It will take all kinds of skills to be able to create powerful AI solutions.

What if I don't have an existing team?

No worries. We will help you form a team if you need support to create AI solutions. We will match you with other participants who have registered for the Make-a-thon.

What if I am a lawyer but don't know any technologists?

No worries. Sign up as an individual participant and we will help you develop a team which includes a technologist.

What if we are a team of only students?

Not a problem. You can be a team of only students, a mix of students and professionals or only professionals.

Is it mandatory to have a lawyer and technologist on our team?

Yes. We believe to develop a workable law and justice solution using AI models it is essential to have a lawyer/ law student and technologist in your team. Bear in mind, that this technologist need not necessarily have formal training to be a technologist, but if they can work with AI models and develop solutions then we are on board. 

Regarding the Process

What happens after I register?

If you register individually, we will send you a message or email pairing you up with a team member.

If you have registered as team, you may start working on your proposal. Format of the proposal will be emailed to you as soon as you register.

What is the proposal submitted by each team?

The proposal submitted by each team will be an explanation of their product, their target audience and benefits of the product they will develop over the course of the Make-a-thon. Bear in mind that this will merely be a paper submission and no product development needs to commence before submission of the proposal.

Are teams eliminated after submission of proposals?

Yes, only shortlisted teams will make it forward to the next round.

When do we start developing the product prototype?

You may commence developing your product at any time once you register. We recommend developing the product once you have finalised the proposal, such that you have a fair idea of what you would like to build.
Regardless of when you start building, you must have a version ready to be demonstrated before on the jury on pitch day!