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Congratulations to Sparke Helmore Lawyers Law Graduate Jeanette Zhang who was part of a team of four that received the Global Impact Award at the Global Legal Hackathon held over the weekend.

Participants from law schools, government, law firms, in-house departments and legal technology companies meet at the Hackathon annually to rapidly innovate and develop solutions to improve the legal industry worldwide. 

Jeanette competed in the Hackathon with Jacob Lancaster, Olga Kubyk and Ravi Nayyar. The team received the Award for their solution, which addresses the disclosure of sensitive medical data for the benefit of patients investigating clinical trials, while preventing the mishandling of that data.

The team came up with a platform called "HealthMatch" to help patients easily find clinical trials run by researchers who have been thoroughly vetted. The underlying blockchain technology stores patient data immutably, records patients' consent to the disclosure of selected data, and allows clinicians to provide certified proof showing data was obtained in a way that complies with the Australian Privacy Principles.

"Well done to Jeanette and the team for devising such an innovative solution to a very real problem," said Jeanette's Managing Partner, Richard Chew, from Sparke Helmore's Intellectual Property & Technology team. "It's fantastic to see our graduates engaging in unique opportunities to use technology to overcome legal challenges and collaborating with others in the industry—and that such ingenuity is recognised."

About Sparke Helmore

We’ve come a long way since our doors first opened in the Hunter in 1882. We’ve had an office in Sydney since the ‘60s and we recently opened our ninth office in Darwin.

We cover five key areas of law – Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Insurance, Government, Statutory Lines of Insurance and Workplace – with more than 30 specialised areas of expertise. We’re a truly national, full service and proudly Australian firm that delivers results through deep collaboration with our clients. Wherever our clients need us, that’s where we’ll be.

Covering a big country needs a big team—we’re more than 900 people now and still growing. And in true Australian spirit, we’re friendly, approachable and easy to work with. And when you work with one of us, you get the expertise of all of us.

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