As of this afternoon, you can paper trade your algorithms using the Pipeline API and submit them for consideration in the November 2nd contest. This gives you just over one week to get your pipeline algorithms ready before the contest deadline!
We built the pipeline API because it will open up a new world of potential algorithms for consideration in the Quantopian fund. The API enables broad cross-sectional analysis of the entire universe of US securities, every day, so that you can build well-hedged portfolios with low volatility. Pipeline frees you from using hard coded universes, which are fraught with survivorship bias in favor of criteria based screening. We believe that this will result in more high-quality algorithms that can be used in the Quantopian fund.
We are very excited to see the pipeline API in contest submissions, but there are complications. The API is in beta and is under intensive development. We anticipate making changes to it in the future. It is in everyone's best interest to develop a great API; we must avoid limiting the creative process of the team working on the API. On the other hand, it's also in everyone's best interest to not break contest algos while they are building valuable out-of-sample track records. These two goals can be in conflict with each other.
So, what happens to contest algos using the pipeline API if the API changes in the future? When we have breaking changes for the API we will attempt to migrate the algorithms through the API changes, keeping them running in the contest and generating track records. We cannot promise we will always be successful, but it will be our goal. We don't want to deter anyone from using the API, but want to be transparent about the state of the API and the implications.
We can't wait to see the new contest entries at the top of the leaderboard!