21 July 2020
In order to encourage innovation in the practice of law and put the spotlight on future talent, Gide 255 organised at the beginning of the year its student challenge "Shake The Law". This first edition met with resounding success, with over 100 applications received!
With a view to encouraging the emergence of young talent, Gide launched, under the impetus of its Gide 255 team, the "Shake the Law" challenge dedicated to law and innovation, in partnership with business magazine Challenges. The creativity and commitment of the candidates, as well as the unwavering involvement of the jury, composed of players active in the innovative economy, made their mark on this first edition.
Candidates had one month (from 8 January to 8 February 2020) to set up a multidisciplinary two-person team and send in their application, which included their CV and a two-minute video on the topic "Your team for law & innovation: why you make a difference".
The jury, made up of Hélène Boulet-Supau (FabWorkplace), François Bracq (Google France), Arnaud Caudoux (BPI France), Sarah-Diane Eck (Surprise, France Digitale), Pierre-Henri de Menthon (Challenges), Franck Guiader (Gide 255) and Stéphane Puel (Gide), then selected four teams they wished to see in action:
The final of the first edition of Shake The Law took place on 22 June 2020. The eight candidates, hailing from varied higher education curricula, worked on "European Commission, Digital Age and Artificial Intelligence". They all brilliantly defended their ideas for 15 minutes before the jury, and two teams eventually emerged:
"The Shake the Law challenge was the opportunity to think of future talent and the firm of tomorrow. Candidates from different universities and fields of specialisation worked together on a complex topic and showed that the law and innovation go hand in hand. They are the voice of a new generation that is fully involved in innovation. We would like to heartily thank the members of our jury who helped select the best teams from among prestigious profiles." Stéphane Puel, Gide Managing Partner
"We are delighted with this first edition and the quality of the pitches we were lucky enough to witness. The candidates quickly grasped the topic. The surprising ideas they came up with were drawn from their complementary backgrounds in engineering, law and business, and were testament to their high level of maturity. This demonstrates that innovation in the practice of the law is essential, and that the new generation of legal players is well and truly here!" Franck Guiader, Head of Gide 255.
Feedback on the challenge: