At its 10th annual Relativity Fest conference in Chicago last week, the e-discovery company Relativity announced the winners of the 2019 Innovation Awards, which recognize third-party applications that integrate with Relativity to streamline processes, solve complex workflows, or create an altogether new solution that positively impacts business strategy.

This year’s winners were:

  • Best Innovation: Solution Provider: icourts for Go X. Go X is an innovative iPad app that lets Relativity users go mobile. It allows users to review, code, highlight, and redact on the go. Reviewers can access their workspaces and documents anytime, anywhere, all while their work is synced back to their Relativity instance.
  • Best Innovation: Law Firm or Corporation:Kilpatrick Townsend for LitSmart AutoTasker. The app streamlines and automates routine manual tasks — such as index builds and field updates — that occur across all Relativity workspaces and ensures consistency of processes. The app can save teams hours of manual time and reduce risk of error.

I was one of the judges this year, together with Peg Gianuca, e-discovery technical solutions manager at The Walt Disney Company; Mary Pat Poteet, managing principal consultant at Poteet Consulting; Keith Carlson, chief technology officer at Relativity; Amanda Fennell, chief security officer at Relativity; and Aileen Tien, trace specialist at Relativity.

Community Choice Winners

Relativity also announced winners in the Community Choice category, which were selected by the Relativity community. They are:

  • Best Innovation: Community ChoiceClayton Utz for AcquiRE. Tasked with performing due diligence on 3,500 properties, this innovative app enabled the Australian firm to implement integrations that analyze assets and tenant agreements, and track the progress of each land acquisition.
  • Academic Innovator of the Year: The Institute for the Future of Law Practice (IFLP) for creating and delivering curriculum that complements traditional law school offerings. IFLP leverages industry best practices to create learning modules that allow current and future legal professionals to learn the latest techniques.
  • Attorney Tech EvangelistCristin Traylor, discovery counsel, McGuireWoods.
  • In-House Tech Evangelist: Sara Skeens, principal associate of cyber technical, Capital One.
  • Lit Support All-Star: Pavan Kotha, e-discovery manager, Deloitte.
  • Stellar Women in e-Discovery: Stephanie Clerkin, director of litigation support, Korein Tillery.

Presentation of the 2019 Innovation Awards was the closing event at Relativity Fest, which was Oct. 20-23 in Chicago.