GDA Hackathon for Advanced Crypto Trading Technologies

Are you looking to kick-start or accelerate your career in crypto, blockchain, machine learning, big data, quantitative trading and open source development? GDA Fund is hosting a Hackathon starting December 21, 2021, for third-year or later university students and early-stage professionals.

Participants will compete for $7,500 AUD in prizes. You will network and collaborate with like-minded individuals, industry professionals, and refine your skillset by working on some of the biggest challenges in crypto.

Apply Now

Follow this link to apply.


We are searching for passionate engineers, developers, quants, financial engineers and traders to be part of one of the largest open-source initiatives in crypto and the blockchain space. This hackathon is one of our initiatives to find amazing talent.

Last week, we reached a significant milestone — Project L3 Atom (the world’s first open crypto data initiative) Our next big milestone involves the world’s first all-in-one quant research & algorithmic trading solution for both centralised and decentralised exchanges.​

We are extremely passionate about building web 3.0 open source tools to innovate. M2M, blockchain, and crypto are the future. All of our proprietary tech will be given to the community for free under an Open License. Yes, no catch. We are true believers of the spirit of crypto and blockchain — the economic freedom, where everyone should have access to financial freedom. We are dedicated to making a difference. All of our R&D and operations are available for the public to verify.​

If this is something you are passionate about, we strongly encourage you to apply for this hackathon.


Programming Competition (5–7 Jan)

This challenge will involve optimisation problems for either C++ or Python code to be interfaced with our open crypto data initiative framework.

ML Competition (22–24 Dec & 5–7 Jan)

This challenge will involve implementing machine learning techniques to solve a computer vision problem for technical analysis, similar to our own ACPRI tool.

Trading Competition (3–5 Jan)

Individuals will be given training in proprietary systematic trading and using this approach, the competition will be run on BTC/USD futures on the Bybit exchange.

Data Science Competition (22–24 Dec)

The challenge will see you working with current crypto data and traditional market data to solve a data science-based predictive analytics task. The task will also involve data streams from our own open data initiative framework.

Blockchain Competition (28–30 Dec)

This challenge will involve the creation of high throughput execution smart contract adapters compatible with ecosystems such as Ethereum, Solana and Fantom — similar to those developed by Hummingbot.

How to Participate?

  1. Follow the link at the end of this article.
  2. Complete the application, filling out all the questions to the best of your ability.
  3. Your application will be reviewed and you will receive a status update.
  4. If you make the shortlist, you will be notified.

What to Expect?

You’ll work hard while having fun during some downtime. There will be social events and opportunities to just hang out and chat about bleeding-edge technologies. Some of our best work has come from those random moments chillin’ with the team.

These events are exclusive and only open to selected candidates that have applied. If you have not yet applied, you can start the process by following the link. Applications will close on the 20th of December. While it is recommended that participants have prior knowledge about blockchain technologies, it is not mandatory. However, we do require knowledge of your respective field. The challenges will be closely related to the work we are doing here at GDA Fund. If you would like some context, visit our website and read our articles on Medium. When attending the events, you are only required to bring a laptop and your charger. Participants will have 24-hour access to the event spaces and there will be support for continuing remote participation depending on other team members. Industry professionals will be on hand to provide supervision and answer any questions during the challenges.

At the conclusion of the events, in addition to remuneration and prizes, participants will receive recommendation letters certifying their participation in the event. Of course, the reason we host these events is to find amazing, talented people. GDA Fund has part-time and full-time employment opportunities which will be offered to the best participants.

Those who are offered employment will receive valuable training from industry professionals. If you are a university student that requires industry experience for your degree, we are also willing to work with your faculty to have your time spent during these events credited towards your degree.


The events will start on the 21st December and continue until the 9th of January. On the first day, candidates will be divided into small teams of three to complete activities. Attendance on the first day is compulsory.

11:00am — 3:00pm December 21, 2021

  • About the hackathon
  • Logistics
  • Q and A
  • Team selection

December 22, 2021 — January 7, 2022

  • Work on the challenge problem
  • Team building exercises


Office 4546, Level 45 680 George Street, Sydney CBD.

Apply Now

Follow this link to apply.

About Us

GDA Fund (previously known as Blockchain Partners Holdings) is a 6 years-old leading crypto research, financial engineering & technology firm. We are a team of experienced traders, data scientists, extreme programmers, financial analysts, and talented engineers based out of Sydney and San Francisco. We built our entire company without any external funding and will continue to run like a startup.

Our Big Innovations

First and foremost, we are a technology company that is driven by innovation. Our latest innovation, Project L3 Atom, was announced just last week which is a huge innovation that we are very proud of, this is an unprecedented innovation bringing crypto data in definition never before seen in this space to everyone. Our next big milestone involves the world’s first all-in-one quant research & algorithmic trading solution for both centralised and decentralised exchanges. Beta is launching on 15th Feb 2022. We are also working on cutting edge ML applications and trading tools, as well as more projects to be announced.

We live and breathe in crypto and blockchain 24/7. We love taking on big challenges. Crypto is a thriving, wild 24/7 industry. Solving problems and building the technology means we have to do a 100x better job than a typical one. It pushes our imagination and creativity to its limits. Often, we have to rethink everything from the first principle. This gives unprecedented value and opportunity for creativity, extreme engineering, and innovation. If you want exposure to this kind of work environment and mentality, and are equally passionate about these things, we strongly encourage you to apply.

GDA is developing the decentralized financial application development environment and rapid financial engineering protocol built on Ethereum.

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