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  • Citadel and Citadel Securities are looking to attract top tech talent with a world-wide data competition.
  • Such talent is in high demand as data revolutionizes Wall Street and other fields.

Citadel, the Chicago-based hedge fund, and its spin-off trading firm Citadel Securities are gearing up for their second annual Data Open competition.

Citadel will host dozens of one-day competitions throughout the year at top universities including Duke University, University of Texas at Austin, and UC Berkeley. Quants and mathematicians who win their local competition will then have a chance to compete for $100,000 at the final event at the end of the year. Those students will also get an interview with Citadel and Citadel Securities.

The competition, a key part of Citadel’s recruiting efforts, will expand into Europe and China this year and kicks off January 27 in Toronto.

In the finale, participants are expected to use various real life data sets to come up with an answer to a proposed question. Last year’s participants where tasked with figuring out where funding in the public education system would have the most impact. In the regional competitions, students can come up with their own research questions to address.

As technology transforms Wall Street, financial services firms have a greater need for high caliber tech talent. LJ Brock, chief people officer at Citadel, told Business Insider the hunt for top talent has never been more competitive.

“The evolution of firms in other sectors is driving competition for talent,” Brock said. “Retail, for instance, is evolving to compete with online platforms like Amazon. Whatever the case may be, businesses in all industries need to be able to access, process, and analyze data in order to succeed.”

Brock’s thesis appears to be backed by IBM research into the evolving demand for tech talent. The technology company Read More Here