Ready Trader Go

Ready Trader Go

Welcome toReady Trader Go

Prepare to feel the rush as you attempt to solve the complexity of algorithmic trading. Presented by Optiver, a leading global market maker, this competition is open to students from around the world who are studying for degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and finance. The challenge is simple; outperforming your competitors isn’t.

You’ll need to build a trading algorithm, or autotrader, that runs on a simulated exchange and optimise it over three rounds. Finish in the top 8 teams and you’ll qualify for the grand finals and a chance at a 1st prize of €30,000. It’s time to see if your programming and analytical skills are up to the challenge of the markets.


The task

Competition Timeline

Registration Opens

September 25, 2021
Form a team of two that incorporates both programming and data analysis skills and give yourselves a catchy name.
Note: You can play alone if you don't find a team member.

Registration Closes

October 20, 2021
Ensure you register your team before the deadline as no late entries will be allowed.

Competition Opens

October 22, 2021
You will receive the source code and resources that will explain everything you need to know about trading. We’ll also provide extra knowledge resources that you can use for your research.

Q & A Session

October 27, 2021
Attend a virtual session with one of our engineers to get clarification on any questions you may have.

Round 1 Submit Code

November 1, 2021
Submit your code for Round 1 into our Git repository by 10:00

Leaderboard Update

November 3, 2021
The 1st round of submitted code will be run on a simulated exchange. The results from Round 1 will be put up on the leaderboard page.

Round 2 Submit Code

November 8, 2021
Use the feedback in your log file(s) to improve your Autotrader and resubmit your code for Round 2 into our Git repository before 10:00.

Leaderboard Update

November 10, 2021
The 2nd round of submitted code will be run on a simulated exchange. The results from Round 2 will be put up on the leaderboard page.

Round 3 Submit Code

November 15, 2021
Use the feedback in your log file(s) to improve your Autotrader and resubmit your code for Round 3 into our Git repository before 10:00.

Leaderboard Update

November 17, 2021
The 3rd round of submitted code will be run on a simulated exchange. The results from Round 3 will be put up on the leaderboard page. The final top eight teams will move on to the grand final.

Grand Final Code Submission

November 22, 2021
The top eight teams will continue to improve their code for the grand final.

Grand Final Prize Giving & Webinar

November 26, 2021
The top eight teams code will run against each other to decide a winner at the grand final.

Entry requirements

Each team must be made up of two students who are registered at a tertiary institution for a degree linked to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or finance. If you’ve worked at a market making or electronic trading company previously, you’re unfortunately not eligible to participate.


Prizes

The prize money is in euros but can be paid out in the equivalent amount of the winner’s home currency:
1st = €30,000
2nd = €3,000
3rd = €1,000
4th to 8th = €500

€3,000
€30,000
€1,000

Learn more about Optiver

To discover more about who we are and what we do, feel free to visit optiver.com or follow us on any of our social media channels.


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