ABA JusticeHack Miami 2017

We attracted over 200 diverse participants from community members and leaders, law enforcement representatives, police academy students, judges, lawyers, college and law students, law professors, bar association leaders, technologists, and ministers.  Venture Cafe Miami hosted a storytelling listening event on February 2, 2017 as well as the full day hackathon on February 4, 2017, held in conjunction with the 2017 ABA Midyear Meeting.

sponsors & participating supporters

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Venture Café Miami

ABA Coalition on Racial & Ethnic Justice

Community Justice Project


New Leaders Council Miami,

CIC Miami

winning projects

A team of expert judges evaluate concepts or apps on four main criteria:  user   experience, innovation, impact, and feasibility—as well as collaboration and scale.

Juvo (Winner), which means to provide help in Latin: The app is designed to help individuals who are fearful of law enforcement, particularly immigrants, to have more productive and meaningful interactions with law enforcement.  Unique features of the app include its ability to speak to the user in a friendly style and to anonymously report an incident and connect the user to a local law enforcement officer.  University of Miami School of Law team leaders Feras Ahmed and Ellen Degnan directed this effort.

See Something, Say Something (2nd place): This web- and mobile-based application is designed to disrupt the existing function of a neighborhood watch by democratizing access to all community members to anonymously report crimes or improper policing conduct using GPS-based location notification.  This platform also provides access to resources for bystanders or the families of victims.

Blue Cap (3rd place): This application is designed to provide a positive rating system on law enforcement interactions to improve professionalism and civility and encourage accountability.


Humberto Lee, Tesser Health
Monique Hayes, Esq., Goldstein & McClintock LLLP
Babak Farohideh, Esq., Farohideh Law