02 November 2015
The first ever Man AHL Coder Prize will launch on December 1st, and is open to UK & Ireland residents in full-time education. Entrants will be tasked with writing code, using the Python programming language, to control a player for the classic game Hexplode1. Python is a widely used programming language, which Man AHL utilises for its systematic models.
To encourage a diverse range of entrants, including those attempting to code for the first time, Man AHL will provide instructional videos and a ready-made programming environment. Furthermore, entrants will have until January 15th, when the first stage of the Man AHL Coder Prize ends, to develop their skills. The coders behind the eight players that perform the best will be invited to a day of live coding at Man AHL’s offices in London, with the chance to win a £5,000 cash prize, and have the opportunity to apply for an internship at Man AHL.
Sandy Rattray, CEO of Man AHL, said: “The success of Man AHL is founded on its ability to attract the best talent and ideas, and so we are passionate about finding the next generation of coding professionals. We hope that this competition will encourage a wide range of students from across the UK and Ireland to try their hand at coding, and give them the chance to put their skills to use within our business. Good luck to all the entrants!”
Man AHL is a technology-driven investment business, and a pioneer of systematic trading, bringing a scientific, empirical mind-set to investing. The firm’s technologists mix mathematics, computer science and terabytes of data to understand the investment universe, working side by side with the investment teams.
For more information on how to register, visit the competition website - www.ahl.com/coderprize. To join in the conversation, visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/manahlcoderprize and for all things tech at Man AHL, follow @ManQuantTech on Twitter.
1. The Hexplode game is based on a game which first appeared in a Personal Computer World article, written by J. Ansell.