Alphathon at Academy of Finance (AOF)
Academy of Finance and WorldQuant Virtual Research Center will be launching the Academy of Finance Alphathon, which is part of the WorldQuant Challenge, for Academy of Finance students beginning on 3rd January and ending on 24th January 2019. This would give students from Academy of Finance an exciting opportunity to learn about quantitative finance and data science.
The WorldQuant Challenge provides interested candidates with an opportunity to test their ideas and develop high-quality financial market signals (alphas) using WebSim, WorldQuant’s web-based simulation platform. Qualified candidates earn points by creating alphas — and these points can lead to Bronze, Silver and Gold status. Individuals who achieve Silver and Gold status may be considered for research consulting opportunities with WorldQuant.
How the Academy of Finance Alphathon Works
The Academy of Finance Alphathon makes the WorldQuant Challenge even more exciting by offering the top 3 Gold finishers the opportunity for each to receive a one-time special stipend once each qualifies to be a Research Consultant.
- Top Scorer: The top ranked participant in the Academy of Finance Alphathon will be considered for a one-time special stipend of up to USD $500 in our discretion.
- #2 Scorer: The individual whose final score ranked second within the Academy of Finance Alphathon will be considered for a one-time special stipend of up to USD $300 in our discretion.
- #3 Scorer: The individual whose final score ranked third within the Academy of Finance Alphathon will be considered for a one-time special stipend of up to USD $200 in our discretion.
For participants who demonstrate a strong understanding of alpha creation, WorldQuant may also offer the opportunity to interview for potential internship and, where available, full-time employment opportunities with WorldQuant.
Note that only Alphas created, simulated and submitted on or after 3rd January, 2018 and before 24th January, 2019, will be considered for Academy of Finance Alphathon scoring.
Please refer to the guidelines for a full explanation of how the Academy of Finance Alphathon works.
We encourage you to continue learning through all of the materials in the Help Section, and get ready to test your ideas!
If you haven’t yet registered for a WebSim account. Register now to ensure your participation in this exciting competition!
No consulting or employment opportunity nor any compensation is guaranteed; any engagement as a research consultant, intern or full-time employee is subject to satisfactory completion of a background check, execution of a relevant consulting, internship or employment agreement (as applicable) and any other applicable requirements in the discretion of WorldQuant.