FAQ

Who Can Participate In The Quantathon?
Waterfront International Ltd. (WIL) is seeking aspiring, enterprising, talented students from the faculties of Computer Science, Finance and Statistics who want to take on the challenge of solving a real‐world quantitative finance problem using real data, in the context of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team.

The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Teams can be made up of all undergrads, or all grads. If a team has at least one graduate student, it will be considered a graduate team and be judged in that category.

Is There A Cost To Participate?
There is no cost to participate. Meals, snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the Quantathon.

What Is The Timeline?
The week of February 24 applicants will receive an email requesting an unofficial transcript and resume, a prerequisite to completing the application process.

Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by email on Friday March 4, 2016, when details about the Quantathon will be provided.

Participants will be emailed the Quantathon problem and presentation requirements on Friday March 18 at 5PM via email.

One solution per team must be submitted by Sunday March 20, 2016 at 5PM.

Finalists will be announced via email on Wednesday March 23, 2016. Those finalists will be invited to present their findings to the judges.

Teams will be judged on their solution and 10 minute presentation which will follow on Monday March 27, 2016.

How Do I Apply?
Apply here.

What Should I Bring?

  • Laptop
  • Statistical software such as R
  • An IDE for a language such as C++, Java or Python

Where Is The Quantathon Taking Place?
Meeting rooms will be reserved at the Gerstein Science Information Centre. Snacks, meals and beverages will be provided for Quantathon participants at no cost at this location. Teams may work on the premises or at the location of their choice.

Who Is Sponsoring The Quantathon?
Waterfront International Ltd is sponsoring the Quantathon in collaboration with University of Toronto professors. Funding, food, beverages and prizes are provided by WIL.