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Students Present Apps at Iron Tech

December 4, 2014 — The fifth Iron Tech Lawyer Competition, held December 3 in Gewirz Center, was billed as the “Administrative Agency Edition” and featured six three-student teams and the applications they built as part of an experiential class called Technology, Innovation and Legal Practice — E-Government.

 The apps “increase access to regulatory processes and administrative agencies,” said Professor Tanina Rostain, who teaches the class along with Adjunct Professor Kevin Mulcahy. 

Take the Business Inquiry Navigator. Developed for the City of New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs (each team worked with a real-world client), the application seeks to streamline the process by which the department provides information on the business licensing process and to ease the “disconnect between users and their ability to access information,” according to Jolene Wang (L’15), who designed the app along with classmates Matt Dulac and Lilly deSouza Burr (both L’15). 

The Business Inquiry Navigator was given the Best Iron Tech Lawyer award by judges Professor Angela Campbell; Carolyn Elefant, the founder of the Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant who blogs at MyShingle.com; Glenn Rawdon, program counsel for technology with the Legal Services Corporation; and Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase and an adjunct here. 

The award for best design went to the Inclusive Ed Parent Advisor, which was designed for the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education to help parents of children with disabilities better understand the Individuals with Disabilities Act and their children’s Individualized Education Programs. Maria Bonner, Emanuel Gawrieh and Michael P. Smith (all L’15) designed this app.

This year, attendees (both onsite and online) could vote in a straw poll for their favorite app. The Business Inquiry Navigator and the Inclusive Ed Parent Advisor topped the list. 

For a webcast and more information click here.  

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