Currently an undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering, Luke rode the 3AM bus from Maryland to NYC in order to compete in the competition. He came across Quantopian after a recommendation from one of his teaching assistants. Luke's programming experience prior to Quantopian was in Arduino and MATLAB and he soon plans on attending the University of Washington to obtain his Masters degree in Computational Finance and Risk Management.
When asked about his approach to algorithmic trading, Luke credits his engineering background, using the same principles he uses to build control systems to build algorithms.
As the winner for this hackathon, Luke received $1,000 worth of premium data subscriptions as well as a $300 cash prize.
If you'd like to participate, we plan to host more hackathons in Boston and NYC later this year. The next hackathon will be held on May 14th, 2016 in Boston. You can register for that through this link.
Can't make it? Enter into the Quantopian Contest instead. We've already paid out over $15,000 in contest earnings so submit your algorithm by the next deadline on May, 2 at 9:30AM ET!