10 teams will hack—then present—to win cash prizes.

University Exchange 2017 Hackathon by Barchart

University Exchange Hackathon
October 27, 2017

University Exchange Hackathon
October 27, 2017

Register to be part of the inaugural UX Hackathon hosted by Barchart


  • Illinois Tech Students with a strong background in Computer Science
  • Ten teams of 3-4 Students
  • Registration is on a first come first-serve basis
  • Team captains must be pursuing a Graduate degree - Undergraduate team members are permitted


  • CNA Insurance Building, 333 S. Wabash
  • 8:15am - 5:30pm
  • Check-In: 3rd Floor
  • Hacking: FinTank Office, 27th Floor


  • Building cool stuff is fun
  • Cash prizes to be awarded to top three teams
  • Network with FinTech industry leaders
  • Free swag bags to all participants
  • Exposure for the winning teams at FTX18
  • Free attendance to FTX18 for participants


First Place: $2500  |  Second Place: $1000  |  Third Place: $500


Students will develop a system for publishing news stories based on the financial content delivered by Barchart’s Financial Content APIs.

Students may transform any of this information into captivating stories that could include: earnings summaries, dividend announcement summaries, daily stock performance summaries, and technical trading stories.

Big media is doing this today and automated content is only going to grow as a category.

Example - The Associated Press uses Wordsmith to transform raw earnings data into thousands of publishable stories, covering hundreds more quarterly earnings stories than previous manual efforts.

Registration is now closed.



  • Students should deliver a system for that is rendered in a simple web GUI that is capable of displaying both the headline and the story in a standard web browser
  • Students should deliver a system that can demonstrate the ability to handle multiple data events, and the ability to toggle from at least one event to another is required. The ability to handle multiple event types will be viewed favorably
  • Students may work with any other free third-party APIs that allow them improve the output of the text which is produced


  • Students will be given access to Barchart's APIs three weeks prior to the competition
  • Barchart will arrange a Q&A session to troubleshoot any team issues once registration closes
  • Work may be done ahead of time to build the GUI framework, and develop the libraries to support story generation. Students may also register for access to our free APIs to get experience dealing with our APIs
  • Schedule
    8:15am-9:00am - Opening remarks and breakfast
    9:00am-1:00pm - Hacking commences
    1:00pm-3:00pm - Presentations - Maximum of ten (10) minutes per student team
    3:00pm-4:00pm - Networking and tallying of the scores
    4:00pm-5:30pm - Winners are announced