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Contest rules: Web3 & Metaverse Project


A competition for students has been initiated by Givaudan and Bpifrance to promote and encourage innovative ideas on the theme of Web3 and the Metaverse

The terms and conditions of participation in the contest and the designation of the winners are described in the present rules “hereafter the Rules”.

ARTICLE 1 : Organizers

This contest is organized by :


Public limited company with a capital of € 5 440 000 000 

Whose head office is located in Maisons-Alfort (94710), 27-31, avenue du Général Leclerc.

Registered with the RCS of Créteil under the number 320 252 489,

(“The Organizer”)


Givaudan, a French Société Anonyme with a capital of € 5,005,760, whose registered office is located at 55 rue de la Voie des Bans, 95100 Argenteuil, France, registered with the Trade and Companies Registry of Pontoise under number 562 063 057 (“The Organizer”) 

The two companies Bpifrance and Givaudan will hereafter be referred to together as “The Organizers”.

The Organizers call upon a training company to assist them in the organization of the Contest: Educatia, a one-person simplified joint stock company whose registered office is located at 1 square d’Urfé, 75016 Paris, registered in the Paris Trade and Companies Register under number 908 943 723 (“The Provider”).

Article 1 – Purpose of the competition

This is a completely free contest 

The purpose of this contest proposed by the Organizers is to encourage students “hereinafter the Candidate(s)” to participate in a call for innovation projects, regardless of their academic background and professional experience. Candidates may propose innovative project ideas on the theme of Web3 and the Metaverse “hereinafter the Competition”. 

Article 2 – Condition of participation

Registration and participation in the Contest implies and carries with it the unreserved acceptance of these Rules and Regulations in their entirety, as well as the decisions regarding any aspect of this Contest, which shall be final and binding. Failure to comply with these Rules and Regulations will result in immediate cancellation of the application, participation and possible awarding of prizes.

This competition is open to any student who meets the conditions listed below:

– any natural person over the age of eighteen (18) years;

– currently enrolled in a (French) higher education institution or a recent graduate of a (French) higher education institution for less than 2 years in relation to the 2022 school year, and who can justify this by a student card or school certificate;

– residing in France at the time of registration to the challenge;

Registration under a false identity or with the identity of another person, providing false information or registering under multiple identities will result in the cancellation of participation.

Projects submitted by Applicants must comply with applicable legal requirements. 

Only one entry per person will be permitted in the Contest. 

Article 3 – Course of the Contest

The Contest will be held from September 1, 2022 at 9:30 am UTC+1 to January 20, 2023 at 11:59 pm UTC+1.

1. Registrations

The registration phase of the Contest is open from 01/09/22 at 09:30 (UTC+1) to 25/11/22 at 23:59 UTC+1.  Hereinafter referred to as the “Registration Phase”.

To participate, the Candidate must register on the dedicated website made available by the Provider, available at the following address: hereinafter the “Contest Website” in order to:

  • Fill out a registration form,
  • create a team
  • submit their deliverable no later than 11/25/22 at 23:59 UTC+1.

In order for the application to be validated, the applicant must fill in the following information: name, surname, gender, telephone number, name of the school, type of school, year of study, city of the school.

Applicants must form a team (of (2) two to (5) five members maximum), hereinafter referred to as the “Team” or a “Team”.

The competition will be held in person or remotely depending on the different stages. 

Each Candidate may be a member of only one Team for the duration of the Competition. Each Team will determine at its convenience the material and temporal conditions for the realization of its project. 

Any form that is incomplete or contains inaccurate, erroneous or false information, or more generally does not comply with the provisions of these rules, will not be taken into consideration and will be considered invalid.

2. Selection phase 

This phase of project selection will be held from 28/11/22 to 16/12/22. 

A maximum of 4 projects per Organizer will be selected by the jury on the basis of the evaluation criteria designated in Article 5.

At the end of this selection phase, four (4) teams will be designated to go to the Final Stage

Candidates will be informed of the results of the first selection stage before 22/12/22

3. Final

Teams selected to participate in the Final Stage will be contacted directly by the Organizers or the Provider. 

The Organizers reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any Team that does not confirm its participation in the Final stage after the announcement of the results of the selection phase. This disqualification, if any, will not give rise to any compensation from the Organizers.

The test of this final will consist, for each Team, in an oral presentation of their projects by the Candidate(s) member(s) of the Teams selected for the Final.

Teams are asked to produce a presentation medium in digital format for their oral presentation. 

The rules of presentation at the Final will be communicated at the announcement of the results of the selection phase.

At the end of the Final, the jury will rank the finalist teams and determine the winners based on their project and their oral presentation.

Article 4 – Characteristics of the Deliverables

During the registration phase of the Competition, Candidates may upload, via the Competition Website, any type of document or file to present their solution or project as a response to the Competition. Hereinafter referred to as the “Deliverable(s)”.

Participation is limited to one Deliverable per Team.

Any incomplete, non-compliant or late application will not be accepted.

The Deliverable shall:

  • respond to the theme submitted by the Organizers in the context of the said Contest;
  • be in one of the following formats: .doc, . docx, . pdf, . ppt, . pttx, .mp3, .mp4 ;
  • be written in French or English;
  • and comply with the conditions set out in the Regulations.

If a Deliverable cannot be uploaded, is not in the correct format, or is incompatible, illegible or unintelligible, the project will be disqualified.

By submitting a Deliverable, Applicants represent and warrant that the Deliverable consists solely of contributions from the Team in question.

If third party content has been used in the development of the Deliverable, Applicants warrant to the Organizers that all necessary rights, permissions and agreements to submit the Deliverable and grant the rights herein have been obtained.

The existence of a third party contribution in violation of these rights will result in the disqualification of the Deliverable and the Candidates concerned.

Entrants warrant to the Organizers that no other natural person, legal person and/or legal entity, regardless of its form, may claim any right to the Deliverable submitted in the context of the Contest.

Applicants warrant to the Organizers that the content of the Deliverable does not and will not violate any rights of any third party, including (but not limited to) intellectual property rights, privacy rights, competition rights, confidentiality, or any other contractual or non-contractual rights. 

Any Deliverable suspected of violating third party rights and/or law(s) will be ineligible for the Contest.

Respondents are responsible for all costs and expenses related to the preparation and submission of Deliverables. Respondents are solely responsible for damaged, lost, delayed, incomplete, invalid, incorrect or misdirected Deliverables.

Article 5 – Jury and Evaluation Criteria

The composition of the jury will be freely determined by the Organizers. Each Organizer will select the Teams of its choice during the selection phase and the Final.   

The jury will be sovereign and will not be required to justify the choice of the teams selected during the different stages and the attribution of the prizes.

The jury will evaluate, rank and select the submitted deliverables based on the following criteria:

  • Technical and legal feasibility of the solution: speed of implementation of the proposal in the context of an experiment 
  • Coherence of the project: understanding of the issues related to Web3, the needs and expectations of the target
  • Satisfaction of functional and technical requirements
  • Innovative nature of the solution: use of innovative technologies

At the end of the selection phase and with the exception of the provisions set out below, a maximum of 4 projects per Organizer having received the best evaluations by the jury will go on to the Final.

At the end of the Final and with the exception of the provisions set out below, the 4 finalist Teams per Organizer will be ranked by the jury. This ranking will lead to the awarding of the prizes provided for in Article 7 of these Rules.

Article 6 – Prizes

The prizes refer to the prizes awarded to the winners of the Contest as defined below.

The winners will receive the prizes described below according to their ranking.

The prizes are awarded to the winners of the Contest and are subject to the following cumulative conditions 

  • compliance by the winning Candidates with the participation conditions mentioned in Article 2.
  • The delivery by the team of a Deliverable that complies with the criteria set out in Article 6 ;
  • The acceptance and respect by each Candidate of the team of the present Rules;

No prize can be awarded to winners who do not meet these three cumulative prerequisites

The winners selected by the Givaudan Organizer will receive:

Prizes for the 1st team:

Each participant will receive a 300€ gift certificate or a virtual reality headset (value of 300€ including tax)

Prizes for the 2nd team:

Each participant will receive a €200 gift certificate or a virtual reality headset (worth €300 including tax)

Prizes for the 3rd and 4e team:

Each team will receive a Live Escape Box (value of 120€ including tax)

The winners of the Organizer Bpifrance will receive:

Prizes for the 1st team:

The first team will be invited to an exclusive lunch with a digital director or a member of the BPIFrance codir. The team will receive 1 Live Escape Box. 

Prizes for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th team:

Teams will receive a Live Escape Box 

Each Candidate of a Team will receive his/her own prize. The prize offered is strictly nominative and cannot be transferred to another person. No assignment or transfer of the prizes by a winner is permitted between winners. In case of unavailability or out of stock at the time of the designation of the winner, the Organizer reserves the right to award a prize of equivalent nature and value

No prize will be awarded to a winner who does not meet the conditions of these rules

The prizes offered may not give rise to any dispute as to their nature. No cash or vouchers may be paid for the prize won, nor may it be exchanged.

In the event that a prize is awarded to a Candidate who does not meet the conditions of participation at the time of registration or at any time during the Contest, the Organizers reserve the right to require the Candidate to return the prize awarded.

The Organizers are not responsible for the quality of the prizes or for any consequences arising from the possession of a prize. The Organizers will not be held responsible for any incident/accident that may occur during the use of the prize.

The Organizers reserve the right to carry out all verifications and to request any necessary proof in order to ensure the conditions of participation in the Contest as well as the conditions of attribution of the prize.

Article 7 – Intellectual Property


For the purposes of this article, the following definitions apply:

– Intellectual Property Rights” means any invention, copyright or other rights relating to a trademark, design, patent and, more generally, any item (including trade secrets and know-how) that may be protected by national and/or international laws or conventions relating to intellectual property (“Intellectual Property Rights”);

– Prior Rights” means any intellectual property rights and/or associated know-how owned by Candidates prior to the start date of the Contest (“Prior Rights”);

– Creations”: any software (including source code and object code), database, technical specification, text, design, model, information, knowledge, method, process or product, as well as any element and/or process resulting therefrom, developed by a Candidate as part of a Deliverable submitted in the course of the Competition and which may be protected or may be susceptible to protection under applicable national and/or international laws and conventions relating to intellectual property (“the Creations”)

Non-Counterfeit Guarantee. By submitting a Deliverable or a Creation at any stage of the Competition, each Candidate guarantees to the Organizers that he/she is the co-owner and/or co-owner with the members of his/her Team of the Intellectual Property Rights relating to all or part of the Creations contained in the Deliverables, and/or that he/she has obtained all the necessary rights and authorizations relating to these pre-existing Creations or those belonging to a third party, allowing them to propose the Creations and Deliverables concerned to the Organizers.

In entering the Contest, Applicants shall use only royalty-free source materials to the extent possible. All third party intellectual property, including third party software, must be identified with its version, applicable license terms or other details regarding its use. The Organizers will take these elements into account in selecting the winners of the Contest. Under no circumstances may projects infringe on any intellectual property rights or image rights. 

Representations and warranties

Each Applicant member of the applicable Team individually represents and warrants: 

that he/she is the co-owner and has full and unrestricted rights to all intellectual property rights to submit the Deliverables and Creations submitted in the Contest. 

-that he has regularized with the members of his Team, if necessary, the authorizations, agreements, assignments or licenses of rights necessary for the exploitation and use of the Deliverables and Creations, with any third party who may hold rights on all or part of the elements comprising the Deliverables;

Each Candidate declares that he/she owns all rights to his/her production and personal participation in the Deliverables and Creations and guarantees the Organizers against any opposition, action or claim from third parties.

In particular, he/she declares that his/her work is original and free of any borrowing from another work that could engage the responsibility of the Organizers.

In no case, its production and personal participation can contravene the legislation in force, nor incite hatred or be offensive.

Each Applicant warrants to the Organizers that each of the Projects and Deliverables does not constitute an infringement, an act of unfair competition or any other violation of a right belonging to a third party. 

Any Deliverable that has been developed by more than one Respondent constitutes a collaborative work and should be treated as such under applicable regulations.

 Prohibition on the use of the Organizers’ distinctive signs 

Candidates agree not to use the Organizers’ distinctive signs (including trademarks and logos) without the Organizers’ prior written consent


The Organizers shall not be held liable in any way for any violation by Candidates of the above provisions. Each Candidate shall indemnify the Organizers in the event of claims, oppositions, actions or attempted eviction by a third party concerning any of the Creations contained in the Deliverables. Candidates guarantee the Organizers against any third-party action, in particular for infringement, relating to any intellectual property right used, transferred or granted in the context of the Contest. This guarantee covers all amounts that the Organizers would have to bear as a result of the action and/or claim concerned

It is further specified that nothing in these Rules may be interpreted as conferring on Candidates any right of ownership over the trademarks, names, logos and other distinctive signs owned by the Organizers. 

Each Participant remains the owner of his or her prior rights and of all intellectual property rights relating to his or her Creations

The Organizers shall not, under any circumstances, be held responsible for any damage caused by the failure or delay in delivery of the Deliverable, and in particular for the refusal to consider the Deliverable due to submission outside the time limits set out in the rules, by the failure or delay in delivery of any e-mail sent in connection with the contest or by any alteration made to the Deliverable independently of the Organizer.

The Organizers will not be held responsible for the consequences of a disqualification of a Candidate due to his/her violation of the rules.

License to use

By participating in this Contest, the winners of the Teams selected by Givaudan agree to grant Givaudan a license to the Creations comprising the Deliverable and the Deliverable itself for a period of one (1) year from the date of the Contest Final.

This license is exclusive, worldwide, transferable within the Organizers’ group of companies and royalty-free.

This license includes, but is not limited to, the right to use, exploit, reproduce (in whole or in part), represent, display (in whole or in part), incorporate or integrate, analyze, adapt, modify, disseminate, arrange, transform, translate, including for commercial purposes, any element contained in the Creations, as well as any prior rights necessary for the exercise of the rights thus granted (hereinafter the “Granted Rights”).

The Parties shall formalize the concession in writing.

Promise of transfer of rights (purchase option)

By accepting the Rules, the Candidates making up the Teams that have been selected as the winners of each Organizer agree to grant to the Organizing Body that selected them a unilateral promise to assign all or part of the intellectual property rights associated with the Deliverables and the Creations that make up the Teams submitted during the contest.

In the context of the promise to transfer the Intellectual Property Rights mentioned in this article, Candidates declare that they possess the rights allowing them to transfer the Intellectual Property Rights on the Deliverables and Creations presented during the Contest to the Organizers.

Candidates expressly guarantee, prior to the presentation of the Deliverables and/or Creations, to have obtained from all third parties having participated directly or indirectly in the production of the Deliverables and/or Creations, including in particular any other person likely to be able to claim intellectual property rights over them, the assignment or concession of their rights or their authorizations allowing the Organizers to use said Deliverables and Creations in accordance with the terms and conditions herein. 

It is understood that the Organizers remain free to exploit the Deliverables and/or Creations directly with any third party of their choice and in particular in association with any other Creation, or not to exploit them.

As an exception to the above, if the legal feasibility of transferring the Intellectual Property Rights concerning all or part of the Deliverables and/or Creations cannot be determined, Candidates undertake to contact the Organizers to inform them as soon as possible. In this case, Candidates undertake to contact the third parties holding the rights in order to reach an agreement, so that the Intellectual Property Rights can be transferred to the Organizers. 

This promise is subject to the following cumulative rules:

  • The Organizers will benefit from a unilateral promise of exclusive transfer for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of the announcement of the winners of the Challenge;
  • It is understood that the partners and/or subsidiaries of the Organizing Company concerned may benefit from this purchase option;
  • The Organizers will notify the Participant in writing of their intention to exercise the option
  • Negotiations shall be conducted in good faith between the Parties concerned;
  • If the Parties agree, the amount of the prize may be considered part or all of the purchase price. 

The Parties shall formalize the potential assignment in writing. 

Article 8 – Image rights 

For the duration of the Contest and for a period of one (1) year following the Final, the Organizers will be free to communicate within its company and its subsidiaries but also for advertising and marketing purposes on the progress and nature of the projects in any format, means and medium (website, banner ads, social networks, newsletter, press release, etc.), known or unknown to date, free of charge or against payment. 

The Organizers may also communicate, in particular, the identity of the Candidates, subject to the prior consent of the Candidates obtained when they registered for the Contest.

The image of the participating teams and Candidates may be used by the Organizers subject to their prior authorization. In such a case, the Organizers will inform the persons concerned in advance and provide them with the terms and conditions and documents required for this purpose.

Article 9 – Limitation of liability

The Organizers reserve the right to postpone, shorten, extend, modify or cancel the Contest and shall not be liable for any such postponement, shortening, extension, modification or cancellation. The Provider and the Candidates shall refrain from making any claim or request for indemnity or compensation in this regard.

Likewise, in no case will the Organizers be held responsible in case of litigation with the companies responsible for the prizes offered. 

The Organizers and the Provider shall not be held responsible for any disruptions to the Internet network or for access difficulties due to a large number of participants or Candidates. The Organizers and the Provider cannot be held responsible in any way for communication or access interruptions, loss of data, computer viruses or any direct or indirect prejudice whatsoever that may be suffered by a Candidate before, during or after his/her participation in the Contest.

The Organizers and the Provider shall not be held liable for any facts or damages that are not directly or indirectly attributable to them, in particular those resulting from errors or delays in the submission of the Deliverables by the Candidates, including the refusal to accept these Deliverables due to their submission outside the scheduled dates, damages resulting from errors or delays in the sending of e-mails by the Participant in the context of the Contest, as well as damages resulting from any alteration made to the Deliverables beyond the control of the Organizers and the Provider, or from an event of force majeure that may disrupt, modify or cancel the Contest.

Consequently, Candidates waive any recourse against the Organizers and the Provider for damages and/or prejudice they may suffer in the context of the Contest, except for direct damages caused by the Organizers or the Provider.

The Organizers and the Provider shall not be liable for any incident that may occur in connection with the services provided for the prizes, and any liability in this regard shall be borne by the third party company or companies with which the winners contract directly.

The Organizers and the Provider shall in no event be liable for the consequences of a Participant’s disqualification due to the Participant’s violation of the Rules.

Article 10 – Confidentiality

Contestants agree not to disclose any information about their projects to any third party other than a member of their Team until the winners are announced by the Organizers.

They undertake to guarantee the strictest confidentiality of any data, information or confidential documents that they may have knowledge of in the context of the Contest, or that have already been communicated to them directly or indirectly by the Organizers for the purposes of the Contest.

All information and/or data is considered confidential, regardless of its purpose (technical, financial, commercial, etc.), nature (know-how, methods, processes, etc.), medium (written documents, printed matter, samples, drawings, etc.) or method of transmission (written, oral, computerized).

Candidates for the Competition also undertake, from the date of their receipt:

  • To apply the same safeguards to the Confidential Information they receive as they would apply to their own Confidential Information, if any;
  • To use the Confidential Information only for the purpose of conducting the Contest;
  • To transmit the confidential information received only to the members of their Team who will strictly need it for the exclusive accomplishment of their mission within the framework of the Competition;
  • Not to divulge directly or indirectly all or part of the confidential information without the express prior consent of the Organizers;
  • To inform the Organizers of any loss of Confidential Information as soon as possible and in compliance with the regulations in force;
  • At the request of the Organizers and for any reason whatsoever, to return all Confidential Information;
  • To ensure that this obligation of confidentiality is respected, in particular by the members of the Team and any partners (if applicable).

This confidentiality obligation shall not apply to information that Respondents can prove, including:

  • that they were, at the time of their communication by the Organizers, already in the public domain; 
  • or that they have fallen, after their communication by the Organizers, into the public domain without any fault on their part; 
  • or that they were, at the time they received them from the Organizers, already in their possession;

The confidentiality obligations in this section will be effective upon registration of the Candidates and will remain in effect for a period of three (3) years from the end of the Contest. 

Article 11 – Protection of personal data

Participation in the Contest requires the provision of the Candidate’s personal data (“Personal Data”).

The Candidate’s Personal Data is subject to computer processing in accordance with the regulations on the protection of personal data. 

In accordance with the applicable regulations, in particular the European Regulation 2016/679 and the national provisions relating to data processing, files and freedoms, the Organizers, as data processors, collect and process your personal data on the basis of your consent: The Organizers are likely to collect your name, first name, email, telephone number, name of your school, gender, year of study, city of your study institution in order to validate your participation Contest.

. The Service Provider is designated as a Subcontractor under the RGPD for the processing of personal data.

The purposes of this processing are:

  • to meet the organizational needs of the Competition;
  • to organize the intermediation between the Candidate, the Organizers and the Provider;
  • ensure the identification, communication and conservation of exchanges with the Candidate;

In accordance with the provisions of the RGPD, the Organizers undertake to implement organizational and technical security measures to protect all Candidates’ Personal Data. Likewise, the Organizers undertake to allow Candidates to exercise their rights under the RGPD.

The personal information collected by the Organizers from the Candidates will be used exclusively for the management of the Contest. 

Thus, the recipients of personal data are the Digital Department of Bpifrance for the Organizer Bpifrance 

Thus the recipients of the personal data are the innovation/legal department for the Organizer Givaudan.

Their recipients are the organizers of the Contest and the Provider. No data will be transmitted to any outside organization.

Personal data is not transferred outside the European Union and Switzerland. 

They will be kept for the duration of the Contest and will be kept for one (1) year after the end of the Contest (prize-giving).

In accordance with the Data Protection Act of n°78-17 of January 6, 1978 as amended, the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and the Law for a Digital Republic of October 7, 2016 and subject to the conditions provided for by the latter for the exercise of these rights, Candidates to the Competition benefit from: 

-A right of access, rectification, deletion, as well as the right to portability of their personal data;

-The right to request the limitation of the processing that concerns them and to object to receiving commercial prospecting or to being the subject of profiling related to commercial prospecting. In some cases, Candidates may, for reasons related to their particular situation, object to the processing of their data. 

-The right to organize the fate of their personal data post-mortem.

– the right to file a complaint with the CNIL.

The aforementioned rights may be exercised by contacting the Bpifrance Data Protection Officer at the following postal address: “Délégué à la protection des données (DPO), Bpifrance, DCCP, 27-31 avenue du Général Leclerc, 94710 Maisons-cedex” or at the following email address:


These rights can be exercised with the Givaudan Data Protection Officer, Corporate Data Protection officer, Váci Greens, Building B, Bence u. 1/B – H-1138 – Budapest GBS – Hungary

You can also contact to exercise your rights.

The Applicant may also file a complaint with the supervisory authorities, in particular the CNIL (

As the data collected is necessary for the proper conduct of the Contest, any request to delete the information relating to this data is likely to result in the automatic cancellation of his/her participation. 

Article 12 – Complaints

Any complaint from a Participant regarding the Contest must be sent no later than (30) thirty days after the end date of the Contest to the following email address:

All complaints must include full contact details (name, address, email address and telephone number), the reference of the Contest and a clear and detailed explanation of the complaint.

Article 13 – Applicable Law and Dispute Resolution

These rules are subject to French law and regulations.

If any provision of these rules is found to be invalid, the remaining provisions and the rules themselves shall continue to apply.

Any possible dispute on the application and/or interpretation of the rules will be decided by the Organizers.

In the event of a dispute, only a registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt sent within a maximum of thirty (30) days after the end date of the Contest to the following address will be accepted:

Any dispute or claim that would reach the hands of the Organizers after this period would not be taken into account except in the case of obvious errors, it is agreed that the information resulting from the Organizers have probative force in any dispute, particularly as regards the connection elements and the computer processing of said information relating to the Contest.

Prior to any legal action related to or in connection with these rules, Candidates agree to seek an amicable and informal resolution from the Organizers.  

Any dispute arising in connection with these rules and regulations and which cannot be settled amicably, will be submitted to the Commercial Court of Paris, except in the case of public policy provisions to the contrary. 

Article 14 – Legal deposit

The rules are deposited via, at the SELARL 812 – HUISSIERS, associated bailiffs, 88 boulevard de la Reine, 78000 Versailles.

The Rules may be amended at any time in the form of an amendment by the organizers, in compliance with the conditions set out, and published by online announcement on the site.

The amendment shall be registered with the SELARL huissiers de justice associés, custodian of the rules, prior to its publication. It will come into force as soon as it is posted online and all Participants will be deemed to have accepted it simply by participating in the Contest, as of the date the amendment comes into force. Any Participant refusing to accept the modification(s) must stop participating in the Contest.

The rules are sent free of charge to any person who makes a written request by mail, before the closing date of the Contest to the following address:

The complete rules can also be consulted online on the Contest website. The postal charges necessary to obtain the rules will be reimbursed upon request on the basis of the current “letter” rate.