CIBC Machine Intelligence Hackathon

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About the hackathon

The CIBC Machine Intelligence Hackathon is a 24-hr programming competition for undergraduate U of T Engineering students hosted by CIBC and  CIBC Data Studio Apply your machine learning skills to interesting real-world problems applicable to the financial industry.

The problem will be related to the area of risk, which is a dominant topic in banking and insurance.

Teams that make it to the final round of competition during the hackathon will present their results to an audience of engineering alumni in a session at the Return & Learn Alumni Machine Intelligence Bootcamp.  A detailed problem description, competition details and the dataset will be made available during the kickoff session of the hackathon.  Mentors from CIBC Data Studio, Daisy Intelligence and Dessa, both lead bootcamp supporters, will be on site during the hackathon to assist student teams.  Daisy Intelligence will provide a real-world dataset on which you will test your skills.

Time & place

The competition will take place at the University of Toronto (St. George campus) from Friday, September 21 to Saturday, September 22, 2018.  The finalist teams will present their results to the alumni bootcamp audience on Saturday.    See the schedule here.

Not a programming expert?

The competition has been designed for participants with a range of programming experience and skills.


Student teams will be graded on two major criteria:

  1. Measurable quality of machine learning approach developed by student teams that will be applied to a test data set.
  2. Quality of the presentation describing the methodology and ideas implemented by the student teams.

A scoring rubric will be provided on the day of competition.

  1. Teams will submit their analytical results against the test data and their presentation to the competition judging panel via email provided at the time of competition.
  2. Top teams will qualify for a semi-final where they will be able to present to a panel of judges from CIBC, Daisy Intelligence and Dessa.
  3. Five Finalists will present to the bootcamp attendees who will live-judge the presentations and select winners using audience technology in the Myhal Centre main lecture hall.


Winners will receive prizes and, for those interested, interviews with CIBC, Daisy Intelligence and Dessa for possible summer internships or PEY positions.


Students can register as individuals or teams.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you are registering as a team, each team member must fill in the registration form separately.

Registered teams log in here (password provided at kick-off session).