Show us what you would do with 1.000.000 USD in just five days when investing in cryptocurrencies. The registration stage for 3-person teams opens on October, 11.

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The CryptoBrawl competition is first and foremost an invitation to have fun together and take a look at how far modern data analysis techniques can be useful in everyday life. None of the organisers is imposing a particular view, but we are only offering a possibility to confront one's own approach with the methods of other participants. After predicting the basic parameters of the COVID-19 pandemic, which developed dynamically last spring and continues to this day, this time we will look at cryptocurrencies, in which so many people around the world invested during the lockdown. However, we will not be focusing on the decentralised finance market as a means of performing banking activities outside the banking system, but instead aim to demonstrate the effectiveness of managing a virtual wallet of currencies comprising only the US dollar and the two dominant cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Allowed in the confrontation are ... any mixed techniques, and the effectiveness of the strategy will be judged solely on the value of the portfolio as valued at the end of each round based on real quotes. Therefore, this is not a competition only for prepared traders, financiers, mathematicians, programmers, data analysts, or machine learning experts. Paraphrasing the words of Professor Iwo Białynicki-Birula, we would like this to be yet another attempt to "bridge the gap that still exists between two cultures: natural and humanistic. Whether this will happen we will find out soon: the registration stage for 3-person teams opens on October, 11.

Regulations for the “CryptoBrawl” Hackathon

Section 1. GENERAL

1. These Regulations (hereinafter: “Regulations”) set out the principles and conditions for the event held in the form of a scientific competition named “CryptoBrawl” (hereinafter: “Hackathon” or “Competition”). 2. The Hackathon is organized by IBM Polska sp. z o.o. based in Warsaw at ul. Krakowiaków 32, 02-255 Warszawa (hereinafter: “Organizer”). 3. The Hackathon’s scientific partner is the University of Warsaw based in Warsaw at ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa (hereinafter: “Scientific Partner”). 4. The Hackathon shall be held from October 18 to October 29, 2021. 5. The winners will be announced on November 3, 2021. 6. The contests are split in two rounds scheduled as follows: a. The preliminary round: from 0:00 AM on October 18 to 11:59 PM on October 22, 2021. b. The final round: from 0:00 AM on October 25 to 11:59 PM on October 29, 2021. 7. The goal for the teams in each round is to manage virtual seed money (specified as a USD amount) by investing in two cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and Ethereum, using the competition’s transactional system with a view to reach the highest value of their portfolio, expressed in USD, as at the closing of each round of the competition to which they were admitted. 8. A maximum of 20 teams with the highest portfolio value at end of the preliminary round will be qualified to the final round. 9. The purpose of the Hackathon is to raise social awareness of how cryptocurrency exchange rates evolve and how to assess the risk related to investing in them. 10. The purpose of the Hackathon is to select 3 teams whose investment strategy will result in reaching the highest value of asset portfolios. 11. As part of the Competition, the Organizer and the Scientific Partner shall use their best efforts, to the extent defined by themselves, to inspire the participants with information related to the thematic scope of the Competition. 12. Any technologies can be used in the Hackathon.


1. Participation in the Hackathon is voluntary and open to all those interested, subject to the provisions of these Regulations. 2. Participation in the Hackathon is restricted to persons who are 18 or older when entering it, have full capacity under the law, are students at a higher education establishment and are not entering the Competition in relation to their economic activity. 3. Hackathon is a team competition, and each participant can only be member of one team. 4. A team must be composed of 3 persons. 5. A team may participate in the Hackathon provided that:   a. A notification of the team’s participation in the Competition is made by October 17, 2021 by registering the participants and the team at the Competition’s web page. The following data is required for registration: full names and e-mail addresses of the participants, names of higher education establishments they represent, and the team name.  b. By participating in the Competition, the participants accept these Regulations.  c. Each team member agrees that his/her personal data may be processed for Hackathon’s organizational purposes, including the announcement of Competition winners. 6. The Organizer reserves the ability to restrict the number of teams participating in the Competition.


1. The course of the Hackathon shall be supervised by a 4-member competition commission appointed by the Organizer (hereinafter: “Commission”). 2. The Commission’s chairperson and members shall be appointed by the Organizer. 3. The composition of the Commission shall be announced by October 15, 2021 at the Hackathon’s main web page ( and at the #cryptobrawl channel at 4. Members of the Commission shall not participate in the Hackathon. 5. The tasks of the Commission include:   a. Supervising the proper course of the Competition.  b. Making decisions in matters not regulated hereunder. 6. The proceedings of the Commission are secret. The decisions of the Commission are final and cannot be appealed from. 7. The tasks of the Organizational Committee include providing organizational support for the event.


1. The Hackathon shall be held as per the schedule set out herein. 2. All operations related to the managed asset portfolio are performed in the transactional system delivered by the Organizer. The following operations are acceptable:   a. purchase/sale of a selected amount of Bitcoins using USD as the currency,   b. purchase/sale of a selected amount of Ethereum using USD as the currency. 3. Information, data and resources delivered by the Organizer cannot be used by participants to the detriment of other entities, including other participants or teams taking part in the Hackathon.


1. The Commission shall announce the results on November 3, 2021. 2. The value of the portfolio expressed in USD, as specified in Section 1(7), is decisive for the final rank of a team after each round. 3. The decisions of the Commission are final and cannot be appealed from.

Section 6. PRIZES

1. Diplomas shall be delivered to laureates of the Hackathon who ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 2. Additionally, the Organizer or the Scientific Partner can award individual in-kind prizes worth up to PLN 1,500 to each member of the teams who ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 3. The laureates are not allowed to transfer their rights to third parties.


1. By entering the Hackathon, each participant guarantees to the Organizer that he/she has all intellectual property rights to works created during the Hackathon, and that his/her participation in the Competition shall in no event infringe any third-party rights. 2. The participants shall remain the holders of intellectual property rights to works created during the Hackathon by their respective teams.


1. Registration to the Hackathon consists in checking-in the participants and the team at the competition’s web page specified in Section 3(3). 2. Communications with all accepted teams shall be conducted through the Slack channel specified in Section 3(3). 3. The teams can cancel their registration anytime during the Hackathon. If the cancellation takes place during the event, it means all team members waive their rights, including the right to the final classification. 4. In the case of questions, reservations and complaints related to the organization and course of the Hackathon, the participants shall contact the Organizer directly. 5. Since Slack is a third-party service, the Organizer shall not be liable for it. In particular, the Organizer does not guarantee its proper operation.

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Partners for the event


Competition Comission

Author image Łukasz Ćmielowski Software Architect, IBM

Łukasz Ćmielowski joined IBM in 2008. In 2009 he successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in bioinformatics. Since then he worked as QA architect focused on putting AI into software quality activities. His domain was the automation of software failure prediction. In 2015 he joined a new team working on analytics solutions as a lead data scientist. Today, he is leading the Watson AutoAI development team focusing on automating the machine learning process. He is also also a big fan of Norman Davies' and Terry Pratchett's book series.

Author image Grzegorz Cimochowski Managing Partner, KPMG

Graduated with honors from Warsaw School of Economics and holds a Ph.D. in Economics. His Ph.D. thesis was devoted to capital markets cyclicality. Has more than 25 years of experience in professional services (BCG, Deloitte, KPMG) and the financial sector (ING, CAIB). At KPMG Poland is Head of Business Advisory (Managing Partner) and member of Management Committee. Crypto and DeFi (Decentralized Finance) are one of his hobbies he spends time on - if his 4 kids and wife allow :-)

Author image Piotr Krzyżanowski Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw

Piotr Krzyżanowski, Ph.D. in partial differential equations, works at the Institute of Applied Mathematics of the University of Warsaw. Author of the bestselling book "Scientific computing. Efficient, fast, impressive" (published by PWN, in Polish). Among his scientific interests are numerical linear algebra and partial differential equations, and fast solvers designed for parallel computers. He loves to hear stories about surprises (or disasters) resulting from careless use of computing packages.

Author image Michał Sierakowski Brand Sales Leader CEE, IBM

Michał Sierakowski, Ph.D. in Dynamical Systems. Works at IBM as the IBM Z Brand Sales Leader for Central and Eastern Europe (IBM Z, LinuxONE, HPVS) and at the University of Warsaw. Graduated from the University of Warsaw, Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Warwick. Interested in cloud native machine learning and DeFi. Founder of the cycle Ustawka Technologiczna, that entails also the actual contest. Loves to work with people across the generations and still aspires to be an athlete.

Development Team

Author image Mateusz Bieda Software Developer, IBM

Mateusz is a software developer (previously an intern) who works on decision optimization problems. Within his span of responsibility, there are user interfaces for web applications. He graduated from the Cracow University of Economics with a Master's degree in Applied Computer Science. His experience entails more than 3.5 years as a Web UI Developer. He likes football, skiing, and hiking. On the other hand, he also likes reading and watching endless TV series (with a special focus on fantasy).

Author image Szymon Brandys Software Architect, IBM

Szymon Brandys joined IBM in 2006. Since then, he worked as a software engineer and architect in the IBM Cloud project. He focused mainly on DevOps tooling. He later joined IBM Analytics and was one of the first architects to work on Data Platform known as CloudPak for Data. He currently leads the Decision Optimization development team focusing on UI/UX and CloudPak for Data integration. Szymon is the Chief Architect of the UI of the trading platform for the contest.

Author image Bartosz Dobrowolski Z Hardware Technical Sales, IBM

Graduated from Rzeszów University of Technology, currently at Poland and Baltics Technology Unit as IBM Z Hardware Technical Sales, where he is constantly putting into use his passion for technology. Interested in all projects related to cryptography and blockchain. Fan of mixed martial arts and game design. Stays up to date with edge technology edge news on DeFi and high-performance algorithmic trading.

Author image Kornel Domeradzki Software Development Intern, IBM

Kornel Domeradzki joined IBM Technology Unit in December 2020 as a Software Developer intern. His main areas of interest are cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and web development. Since April of 2021, he has been designing and then developing the transaction engine and backend system for the CryptoBrawl competition.

Author image Bartłomiej Kaczmarczyk Software Development Intern, IBM

Bartłomiej is skilled in IBM SPSS. He is still a student of Computer Science and Econometrics at the College Of Economics and Computer Science in Cracow. Keen on front-end development. His several hobbies entail excelling in English command, improving programming mastery, and reading business books.

Author image Filip Madej Advisory Software Engineer, IBM

After graduated from the Mercer University with degree in Informatics over 8 years ago he has been working as a full stack developer since. Currently, working for IBM on cloud and analytics solutions as an Advisory Software Engineer. A web and mobile development enthusiast with strong focus on user experience.


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