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Welcome to TraderHack 2022

Get ready to code against the clock in Optiver’s first virtual 24-hour hackathon! TraderHack kicks off on 2 April 2022 and is open to STEM students and recent graduates from US, EU and UK universities. Prepare to put your programming skills to the test and dive into the world of algorithmic trading.

Your team will race to develop an autotrader that will run on our simulated exchange and go head-to-head against your competitors. The team (or individual) with the best performing algorithm will qualify for the grand prize of €10,000. Do you have what it takes to perform under the pressure of the markets?

Due to the limited spots available, registrations are closed.

The Task

Your challenge is simple: build the best trading algorithm against your competitors.

After 24-hours optimising and building your Python algorithm, the Autotrader will be put to the test against other teams on our virtual exchange simulation, Optibook. To place in the top three winning teams, we’ll take into account overall trading strategy, risk management as well as code structure and creativity.

During the day, Optiver will also host additional coding workshops where you’ll get a chance to learn from professionals and win even more prizes!

The day will be fully virtual, taking place on Discord, Twitch and Zoom.

Entry Requirements

To enter you must either be a current student or have graduated within the last two years from a university in the EU, US or UK. You’ll also need some knowledge of Python to be able to compete. If you’re under 18 or previously worked at a market making or electronic trading company, you’re unfortunately not eligible to participate.

You can compete individually or with a team of up to five participants. If you would like to join forces but don’t have a teammate, you can join our Discord server to find someone to collaborate with! You will receive an email with the Discord server link once you’ve been accepted into the competition. When registering, you must use the same team name to be recognised as one team.

Please note: There are limited spots available.

For questions, contact [email protected]

Registrations are closed!

The Prizes

1st prize


*$11.300 USD

2nd prize


*$5.700 USD

3rd prize


*$3.400 USD


Meet the Trainers

Julian Brendl
(Software Engineer AMS office)

Julian is a software engineer at Optiver. He started as an intern in 2018 and transitioned to full-time later that year. He has been a part of both our data engineering and low-latency trading teams. He has a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the KIT in Germany and helped to build the Optibook virtual trading platform. He likes to spend his free time experimenting with various side projects related to programming.

Nils Voss
(Software Engineer AMS office)

Nils is a software engineer at Optiver and develops AutoTraders and market links. Before joining, he worked on using FPGAs in different high-performance computing applications in research, defence and finance. Nils studied Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen and Computing at Imperial College London. Over the course of 10 years, he has also tried to perfect the art of pizza making.

Kristen Viola
(Software Engineer CHI office)

Kristen is a software engineer on the Global Compliance team at Optiver. She interned in 2019 and returned full time after graduating with a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2020. In her free time, she likes to cook, explore new restaurants and rollerblade along the Chicago lakefront.

Max Huddleston
(Software Engineer CHI office)

Max is a software engineer on the Infrastructure and Controls team at Optiver. He joined Optiver shortly after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2020. In his free time, he likes to watch American football, travel and attempt to cook various recipes he finds on YouTube.

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