Brooklyn Law School hosts fifth annual CUBE Innovators Competition

Apr 16, 2018

Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) hosted its fifth annual Innovators Competition in conjunction with the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) at Stony Brooklyn University in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday.

The event was kicked off with the CUBE Innovators Competition and was followed by a CUBE networking reception and panel discussion.

The Innovators Competition is similar to Brooklyn Law School’s (BLS) own version of the TV show “Shark Tank,” where five teams of students present entrepreneurial projects to a panel of judges to address the legal aspects of various social and business issues.

“This year we changed the theme a little bit. We historically have allowed students to argue that their venture has a legal component to it,” said BLS professor Jonathan Askin, founder and director of the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic. “This year we required them to focus on legal technology so it was a bit more narrow, but in all the years we’ve done this competition, this year’s entries were my favorite.”

The top three winners split a $4,500 prize that was made possible through a contribution to CUBE by the Nancy and Stanley M. Grossman CUBE Fellowship Fund.

This year’s winners were Joseph Santiago and Christopher Aranguren. They created a program called “Taurus,” a machine-learning tool that is meant to help litigants test copyright infringement in music.

“There is a problem with how juries find songs similar — it is kind of random, and often, cases have to go all the way to trial because it’s hard for litigants to figure out if they have a winning case,” Santiago said. “This is a machine learning [artificial intelligence] project that learns user input and tries to predict what jurors are likely to determine.”