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Rotman Decision Case Hackathon

January 22 - January 30, 2024

Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto are invited to participate in the first edition 2024 Case Hackathon series sponsored and organized by the BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab at the Rotman School of Management (Rotman FRT-Lab).

This consecutive 8-day online Case Hackathon will run 24 hours a day, bringing together students to compete in a simulated market challenge where they test their skills in real-time from the safety of a structured learning environment to construct a trading strategy and generate the maximum profit out of the decision case.


A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the winner!


Hackathon Timeline

Round 1 - Winter 2024

*Participants will submit their Trading Strategy Report on this website by the deadline.   When you are ready to submit your work, scroll down to the “How to Participate” section for further details. 

Round 2 - Spring 2024

To be announced

Round 3 - Summer 2024​

To be announced

Round 4 - Fall 2024

To be announced

Round 5 - Winter 2025

To be announced

Round 6 - Spring 2025

To be announced





Team Faculty Advisor

How to participate

Case Details

Algorithmic Forecasting Case

The Algorithmic Forecasting Asset Price Case is designed to challenge participants’ programming acumen as they create algorithms using the REST API Key to predict future asset prices and automate trading strategies. Throughout the case, these algorithms must utilize historical security prices, estimate market sensitivities with beta, forecast future asset returns using the CAPM model, identify price trends, and submit orders to capitalize on private information about evolving market movements. Given the high-frequency nature of the case, participants are urged to develop algorithms capable of swiftly adapting to rapid changes in market dynamics using their chosen programming languages.

Getting Started Resources


The panel will evaluate the top individual/team based on their presentation and performance on a weighted average basis:


The highest profit generated from the highest trading cycle only


Investment Strategy Adoption


Project Report**




**Must follow academic writing standard

***Selected from top-performing individual/teams

Portfolio Presentation

The presentation will take place on February 6th, 2024 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (EST) – VIRTUAL

Please use the following meeting link to join the trading strategy presentation session.

The panel of judges will evaluate the team presentations and this performance will factor into a team’s final score.

Presentation Format 


Case Server Details

Trading Cases will have new, randomized sets of security paths each time they are run on the server. Please, use the following credentials to access the server:

Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Excellence

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Our support for equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment as defined in the Ontario Human Rights Code.  In striving to become an equitable community, we will also work to eliminate, reduce or mitigate the adverse effects of any barriers to full participation in University life that we find, including physical, environmental, attitudinal, communication or technological.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

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