Tips from Kids on How to Make e-Discovery More Fun

by Brendan Ryan on May 13, 2016

Community , Professional Development

We brought every bit of fun and excitement we could to e-discovery with the launch of the Relativity board game last year—or so we thought. 

In celebration of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 28, 90 kids aged 5-18 raided the candy bowl at kCura’s reception desk in our Chicago headquarters and joined us for a full day of education and sugar-fueled activities. Events included an interactive lesson on agile software development, an hour of code, yoga, and a sing-along.

Kicking things off was Julie Huner, manager of a “super secret project,” with a demo of a product designed to make e-discovery more fun. Stakeholder feedback was mixed. Had this been a real project, here are the ideas that would have sent us back to the drawing board—good tips in general for making e-discovery more fun:


alana-diaz_75x75.pngAlana Diaz, age 7

“Make it so people know how fast they’re going.”


ethan-ellis_75x75.pngEthan Ellis, age 14

“Make it more competitive, but in a good way. I’m not sure how people use e-discovery, but make it a competition about how good you are at it.”


sophie-jaroch_75x75.pngSophie Jaroch, age 10 

“I would add lots more color.”



Caleb Krecker, age 7

“Relativity is a game console, right? Make more games!”


sofia-pappas_75x75.pngSofia Pappas, age 9

“Add a lot of color to everything, and learn it in a fun way.”


theo-pappas_75x75.pngTheo Pappas, age 5

“Make it more good. My favorite part of the day was pizza.”


townes-robertson_75x75.pngTownes Robertson, age 10

“You could keep track of how much work you’ve been doing compared to your friends, and compete to see who’s getting through more. It should have animation too, so you could see who’s ahead.”


Fair enough. But by what authority was this feedback delivered? There wasn’t a single set of valid Relativity log-in credentials among the entire group, so we also asked stakeholders how they know so much about e-discovery and specifically, kCura and Relativity. They resorted to name-dropping:


chloe-bosley_75x75.pngChloe Bosley, age 9

“My mom helps other people who work here to solve problems for people who don't. I think her title is kHelper.”

[Chloe’s mom, Shakenna Bosley, is kCura’s senior product marketing specialist for Legal Hold and Collection.]


alana-diaz_75x75.pngAlana Diaz, age 7

“My mom goes to meetings. She works on the computer. She goes on work trips and she meets with people.”

[Alana’s mom, Lucy Melendrez-Diaz, is kCura’s enterprise renewal sales team lead.]


ethan-ellis_75x75.pngEthan Ellis, age 14

“My dad does security, both coding and protecting software from hackers, and also building security so a door can’t be opened with one finger, stuff like that.”

[Ethan’s dad, Scott Ellis, is kCura’s security architect.]


charlie-garvey_75x75.pngCharlie Garvey, age 7

“My dad tries to find people jobs.”

[Charlie’s dad, Matt Garvey, is kCura’s director of talent acquisition.]


sofia-pappas_75x75.pngSofia Pappas, age 9

“My dad talks to people a lot because he knows everyone. And he helps other people when they have problems they can’t solve on their own.”

[Sofia’s dad, Constantine Pappas, is kCura’s Relativity solutions team lead.]


townes-robertson_75x75.pngTownes Robertson, age 10

“I don’t know specifically what my dad does, but software programmer? Something along those lines.”

[Townes’ dad, Nick Robertson, is kCura’s chief operating officer.]


kCura is focused on providing the best software we can, striving to always improve our products and the experience of our customers—we are driven by every one of them to deliver innovative solutions to unique data problems. Inspiration can come from anywhere, however, and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day reminds us just how many people we are fortunate enough to have in our lives motivating us to do our best.

As for “Racetivity,” the gamified version of Relativity with a racecar track, reviewer leaderboard, and other “data visualizations,” we’ll have to put that in the backlog for now.

Katie Johnson, public relations associate at kCura, contributed the reporting for this post.

Brendan Ryan is the marketing communications content manager at kCura, where he provides editorial expertise on a wide range of publications, including the Relativity blog, and mentors a team of specialists and senior specialists. Brendan has been on the kCura team since 2014 and holds a Master’s degree in writing from DePaul University.


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