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Double Dose of Datathons

What’s better than one Datathon? How about two?!

On Friday April 19, Quantbot was thrilled to participate in Schonfeld’s Early Engagement Summit PhD Datathon. Using Code Willing’s dynamic data processing and modeling platform, PhDs from around the country worked in competing groups to find and model alpha signals from pre-determined datasets. This event gave PhD candidates, whose disciplines ranged from Mathematics and Statistics to Economics, the opportunity to test quantitative methods on real financial data, and to encourage their future engagement in the Quant space. 

Ashar welcomes PhD candidates before the Schonfeld Datathon

Quantbot employee, Greg, mentors his team through the Schonfeld Datathon

The winning Schonfeld Datathon team

Since everything comes better in pairs, the very next day Quantbot sponsored a separate Datathon at Carnegie Mellon, also powered by Code Willing’s platform. Participating students came from either CMU’s Computational Finance Master's program (MSCF) or their undergraduate Math program. It was a victory for MSCF since a group of their students took home the top prize, but the 2nd-place undergraduates were equally competitive. After introducing the students to each competition, Ashar Mahoob, Quantbot’s CIO, handed out the prizes on both days to the winning teams. We were thrilled to foster an interest in Quant Finance in all the students, from PhD to undergrad, and we hope they will consider it as a viable career option. We are excited to repeat our success in future!

Quantbot mentor, Rui, celebrates with her winning team at the CMU Datathon

The official victory photo of the CMU Datathon-winning team

Some thoughts from the Quantbot mentors:

Mentoring cwiq-team-central was extremely rewarding.  They are a bright and enthusiastic group of students who worked together quite well and sought my guidance regularly.  I think the most important lessons I hope the team took away are how rich the field of alpha research is in terms of the breadth of both datasets and the machine learning techniques that can be applied, and how powerful Quantbot’s platform is for quickly developing new ideas and evaluating their performance. – Greg Sternberg

It was a rewarding experience mentoring the winning team, cwiq-team-code. They were a group of motivated young professionals who were highly collaborative and eager to learn. I was amazed by the abundance of brilliant ideas they tested in such a short time. The Quantbot platform proved indispensable in handling these computationally heavy and data-intensive tasks. I hope this victory will inspire them to take on even more interesting and critical challenges that impact global markets – Rui Xiong, Datathon winning team mentor

And an afterword from our CIO, Ashar:

Quantbot Hackathon 2024 provided CMU's Masters and Undergrad students a first-hand opportunity to work on a real-life alpha research project, under tight time and budget constraints, using real world datasets. I wish I had had an opportunity to participate in such a project when I was completing the MSCF program at CMU years ago. The students had a fun day of learning and competing. Additionally, all the mentors were very impressed by how well the students coordinated the research process and were able to come up with out-of-sample model performance that was in-line with observed performance in-sample.

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DTL Visits NYSE!

On February 2nd, members of our Data and Trading team visited the historic NYSE building for a tour and to watch the Closing Bell.

The visit was a great experience and we are thankful for the opportunity!

(from left to right) DTL members Zeta, Iris, and Minh at the end of their tour.

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Quantbot Intern Recruitment Continues at NYU

On October 17, the usual trio of Ashar, Ricky and Katharina traveled under the river to Brooklyn and  inaugurated our first-ever Company Info Session at NYU's MSFE Program. The engagement from the students was phenomenal and we feel grateful to be able to highlight the quant space as a viable option for internships.

Ashar Mahboob, CIO, speaking to prospective interns.
Ricky Der, speaking about his role at Quantbot.
Katharina, giving an overview of our intern program.

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Quantbot Attends the MIT MFin Networking Night

Recruitment continues apace with a visit to Boston for MIT Sloan’s Master of Finance Networking Night. As a premium sponsor on the night we had a great time meeting the graduating class and the incoming class of the MFin program. Joining Katharina Botlo, Quantbot’s Intern Program Coordinator, were Shrinath Viswanathan, a former Quantbot intern and current Quant Researcher, and Rui Xiong, a fellow Quant Researcher, former Quantbot intern and herself an alumni of MIT’s MFin program. We had a great time fielding questions from enthusiastic students who wanted to learn more about opportunities at Quantbot.

Rui, Shrinath, and Katharina ready to meet everyone
Talking to prospective interns!

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Summer Intern Recruitment Season Kick Off with CMU MSCF

It’s officially intern hunting season. After a bumper summer of interns at Quantbot, our office is looking a little empty now and needs to be filled by..more interns! We started our Fall recruitment with our good friends at CMU’s MSCF program. First, at the end of August, we participated for the first time in their annual NYC Trek, where small groups visited various financial companies throughout the city. After hearing a company presentation, the students then had a chance to speak one-on-one with senior quant researchers at Quantbot in smaller breakout rooms. It was a great chance for a section of the incoming MSCF class to visit our new office, ask questions to actual quants about the job, and finish off with some pizza.

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However, we didn’t want to leave the rest of the class without an impression of Quantbot, so we traveled down to their campus on Broad Street to give a company presentation to the whole incoming class. Ashar Maboob, our CIO, started with a run down of the company and what it takes to be a successful quant at Quantbot. Our second speaker, Ricky Der, Director of Quantitative Research, gave a deft overview of the quant research process from alpha generation to trade execution, and the pitfalls along the way. Katharina Botlo, our Intern Program Coordinator finished off the presentation by highlighting Quantbot’s intern program and the opportunities for them to apply for summer 2024. We always enjoy starting off our intern recruitment at CMU and this year was no different!

Ashar, our CIO, giving the introduction to Quantbot
Katharina, our Intern Program Coordinator, speaking about our intern program and the opportunities for 2024.

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Quantbot hosts NYC Quantum Computing Meet up

On Wednesday, September 13 Quantbot had the pleasure of hosting the NYC Quantum Computing group in our office for their monthly meeting.

Vinod Menon, this month's presenter, gave a presentation on "Half-light half-matter quasiparticles (polaritons) as a platform for Hamiltonian simulators and quantum optical nonlinearity".

Tom Crimi, Quantbot's CTO, giving the opening talk about Quantbot.

It was a great night of discussion with great minds. We look forward to hosting future events in our space as we continue to grow in our space.

Vinod Menon is a Professor of Physics at the City College of New York and doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America (now Optica) and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in Photonics (2018-2020). More details about his group can be found at: https://lanmp.org/

And for those curious as to the content of the presentation:
Abstract: Strong light-matter interaction results in the formation of half-light half-matter quasiparticles called polaritons that take on the properties of both its constituents. In this talk I will first introduce the concept of polariton formation in low-dimensional semiconductors. Following this, I will discuss the formation of Bose Einstein like condensates at room temperature using polaritons formed in organic molecules. Approaches to create condensate lattices in such systems and their potential application as Hamiltonian simulators will also be presented. In the second part of the talk, I will present our recent work on polaritons in atomically thin (2D) materials and their potential to reach quantum nonlinearity. Finally, I will discuss our quantum education efforts at the City College of New York (CCNY) including the development of undergraduate level quantum optics lab and the potential for outreach efforts at the high school level using these systems.

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PhD Datathon Co-hosted by Quantbot Technologies

Back on April 14, Quantbot Technologies, along with Schonfeld Strategic Advisors and Code Willing, had the pleasure of hosting a PhD-focused Datathon, featuring participating students from across the United States. The event started with presentations from the three data vendors that freely provided their data for the Datathon: Estimize, Wall Street Horizon, and RedGraphs. Each team was then given 3 hours to run backtests, using the data provided by the vendors, to generate alpha and develop an out-of-sample strategy.

Paul White, Quantbot Technologies CEO, gives opening remarks to the group
Ashar Mahboob, Quantbot Technologies CIO, watches as Schonfeld Strategic Advisors CEO, Ryan Tolkin, starts the competition portion of the event.

Each team was provided with a senior mentor. Two of Quantbot's researchers, Keywan and Zihao, each mentored a team where they dispensed expert advice on how the students should build and tweak their strategies. The most successful strategy across several parameters was deemed the winner. Congratulations to CWIQ team Sim for your win!

Keywan, Quantbot researcher, mentors his team during the competition.
Zihao, the other Quantbot mentor and researcher, advises his team during the competition
The winning team: CWIQ Sim
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkNf04Pz4mk
A big thank you to the team at CodeWilling for making this highlight video!

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Neudata Data Summit September 28, 2022- San Francisco

On September 28, the Quantbot Technologies team was in San Francisco for the September Neudata Data Summit. The conference had over 400 people in attendance with over 60 speakers discussing the latest advancements in the cryptocurrency space and how blockchain technologies are enabling adoption for institutional investors.

Paul White, Quantbot's CEO, was given the opportunity to participate during the Neudata event. Once during the "Panel: Navigating Turbulence in Crypto Markets", where Paul and two other panelists "[e]xplore[d] how DeFi has challenged many aspects of traditional capital markets and discover how it can create alpha returns".

Paul participating in a panel discussion about Crypto Markets.

Paul was able to also participate as a judge in a Shark Tank-like event during the conference. During this event, "four new data providers pitch[ed] their data proposition for established data providers" with one being declared "best in their class".

You can find the programme with the list of speakers here .

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We are Quantbot. We are Serious

Hosted the first Game night at our very own office filled with games, pizza and of course, beer

We're serious at poker...

Jenga...

chess...

but we always make sure to have fun :)

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Spin it to Win it

Last night, our Quantbot interns headed to Spin to attend Schonfeld's Farewell Intern Event. With internship projects slowly wrapping up, it was a great opportunity for our interns to hang out and engage in friendly ping-pong competition with interns from Schonfeld and other quant groups before they all head back to their respective campuses this month. There was an informal tournament, and one of our interns was on the winning team! It was a fun night and we thank Schonfeld for inviting us.