Hedge fund manager Man Group is challenging bright young graduates to write gaming code using the Python programming language with a view to recruiting the best entrants for an eight-week internship.
The Man AHL Coder Prize will launch on 1 December and will challenge participants to write code to control a player for the classic 1980s game Hexplode, originally developed for the BBC micro console.
The coders behind the eight players that perform the best will be invited to a day of live coding at the fund’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.
As a technology-driven investment business, Man is keen to attract the best raw talent to join its tech team. Participants will be tasked with developing their programmes in Python, a widely used programming language which Man utilises for its systematic models.
Sandy Rattray, CEO of Man AHL, says: “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.”