Data for Justice Challenge 2019




The Simple Idea

Researchers, journalists, civil society organizations, law firms and companies have invested significant time and resources in the creation of valuable datasets in the field of law and justice.  What if they could share, build upon and collaborate on each others datasets and tools? What if easy-to-use tools could enable the analysis and interoperability of diverse datasets? It could lead to more insightful data-driven projects, grow the community of active data users and spur a collaborative culture that improves our systems of law and justice.

The Data for Justice Challenge invites entrepreneurial individuals and organizations to share their interest and ideas to create such a data hub.

The Challenge Fund

A dedicated fund of INR 1 CRORE has been earmarked to support those who will be selected to lead the creation of the Hub AND develop the data-driven projects that will first use the Hub.

How Can You Apply & Make This a Reality?

This idea demands entrepreneurial and committed individuals to lead its creation. You can apply in either or both the Challenge tracks below:


Create a Hub : In this track, we’re looking for entrepreneurs, technologists, universities, research centers, or others (individually or as a consortium), who can take on the task of creating a DataHub / GitHub equivalent for law and justice (“Hub”) as a public good. Applicants should seek to combine technology with design that encourages users to share and co-create datasets. One applicant will be selected under this track.


Create Datasets:
The first few users of the Hub will define its success. In this track, researchers, civil society organizations, journalists can propose compelling and strategic data driven projects in law and justice and commit to sharing datasets on the Hub. Two or more applicants may be selected under this track.

How Did We Get Here?

The Data For Justice Challenge was announced on May 29, 2019 with the goal of evolving and increasing the use of data in the space of law and justice.

Through June 2019, over 130 people - lawyers, researchers, CSO heads, data-journalists, technologists, students and more - got together at Agami Meetups in 3 cities (Bengaluru, New Delhi & Mumbai), plus a co-hosted session with PROTO, to help envision the scope of this Challenge. Their on-ground experiences, challenges and needs, have gone into framing the most strategic opportunity for action that can add value to all the diverse users of data in this field and create a multiplier effect.

What is Agami’s Role?

Agami in its role as a catalyst will :

  • Curate the selection of teams who lead the creation of a Hub 

  • Offer strategic support for 6 months to the selected teams to set the foundation for the idea

  • Curate and convene leaders and experts to support the development of the idea