The 1st winner will join Lykke in launching a crypto-index investment fund


The competition and voting have completed. Winners were determined by the citizens of Lykke City.

  • Submissions

    Sep 6 - Oct 8

  • Voting

    Oct 8 - Oct 15

Interest in cryptocurrencies for investment is rising. Recently the Business Insider UK wrote, that an analyst at Goldman Sachs stated to portfolio managers that it is getting harder for institutional investors to ignore cryptocurrencies. The crypto world is still young with no easy way to get representative exposure. Lykke wants to build a crypto-index and want your help to achieve that goal and shape the future of investing!

We are looking for a talented person to help Lykke’s research team in building a crypto-index. Upon successful completion of the competition, you have the unique chance to join us to set up a crypto-index.  

What is a Crypto index?

When people talk about the performance of financial markets or its direction, they are looking at the market through the eyes of an index. To help investors understand the stock market, the journalist Charles Dow introduced the first stock market index in the late 19th century and was followed by much more. The U.S. equity markets alone have hundreds of indexes to choose from. Indexes work like a summary of the market by tracking the top stocks within a market. Different indexes differ in how they track the market, namely in their specific rules for how they are calculated and maintained. These rules are predefined and known, as they are the core element of an index. Different rules are due to different goals of indexes and are sometimes at odds with each other, liquidity and representativeness for example.


Each index has a unique methodology. See for example the index methodology for the S&P 500 Equal Weight Index Methodology: methodology-sp-500-equal-weight-index.pdf

These documents state how the index is constructed (selection of assets and calculated), how it is maintained (rebalanced), return calculation etc. When setting up a new index, one has to think of how to track the market best. In our case, the specific features of cryptocurrencies have to be taken into consideration, namely the technology behind it as well as the infancy of the market, like liquidity, risk exposure, regulatory considerations etc.

We invite all researchers to familiarise themselves with index theory and cryptocurrencies and write a short proposal on how to construct a crypto index.


Requirements for the research

  • The contestants need to write a paper that highlights the goal and main specifications of the crypto index (weighting method, rebalancing interval, dividend policy etc.) and discusses possible advantages and disadvantages of the picked set of rules.
  • The paper should be well written and short.
  • Any formulas or plots should be also included in the document.



The first prize is the opportunity to join Lykke in launching the first crypto-index!
Additionally, the first 4 contestants will receive a prize money of 400 $.



Please refer to the Terms of Use for the organization and remuneration issues. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments to the contest. 


A few disclaimers:
There is no guarantee of winning a prize. The prizes are only awarded to entries that the Lykke judges find worthwhile. Prizes are awarded in Lykke coins, which may be redeemed for currency and sent to your bank. You must be at least 18 years of age. You must not submit twice — your first submission is the one that counts. You will be responsible for declaring your own income to your local tax authorities. All submissions will be disclosed to the public. The prizes are given at Lykke’s sole discretion. The decisions of the judges will be final — there is no appeals process if your project does not win a prize. No other compensation will be given at this stage. 


Anton Golub
Lykke co-founder and Chief Research Officer
Demetrios Zamboglou
Lykke Chief Business Development Officer
Mihail Nikulin
Lykke co-founder and Chief Technical Officer
Seamus Donoghue
Lykke Singapore Director
Sergey Ivliev
Lykke co-founder and and Chief Operations Officer
Username Registration date Result
Pablo Mendez
September 30, 2017 04:30
Enrique Gonzalez
September 11, 2017 05:01
Daniel Ian West
September 19, 2017 09:49
Bonifacio David Corbacho Roman
September 25, 2017 09:55
Dawoud Ahsan Ayoub
September 11, 2017 02:53
Denis Smirnov
September 11, 2017 07:26
Garrett MacDonald
October 02, 2017 09:19
Federico Octavio Villagomez Garcia
September 14, 2017 02:30
Gokhan Mukader Memis
September 25, 2017 09:36
Guido Schmid
September 29, 2017 04:57
Halim Jaouadi
September 11, 2017 07:02
Truong Hoang Nam
September 08, 2017 01:26
John Caleb Gibbons
September 25, 2017 10:22
Joel Lee Bibby
September 12, 2017 03:15
Yulia Mizgireva
September 12, 2017 08:09
Calvin Chu
September 16, 2017 05:51
September 12, 2017 02:33
Onno Kleen
September 22, 2017 08:57
Mathias Fontaine
September 12, 2017 02:18
Josef Lukas Bernhard Hutzler
September 25, 2017 10:56
Racquel Bongulielmi
September 15, 2017 01:24
Hyunchen Park
September 26, 2017 01:22
Stjepan Begusic
September 11, 2017 07:13
Sune Bjørn Andersen
September 11, 2017 06:22
Thomas Ludwig
September 25, 2017 09:49
Ulysses Proteau
September 12, 2017 08:54
Varvara Eremeeva
October 02, 2017 08:25
Willy Flor
September 20, 2017 10:15
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Username reg. and Subm. Date Result Score Vote
Pablo Mendez
October 08, 2017 05:52 0/100 1
Daniel Ian West
October 04, 2017 06:30 0/100 1
Federico Octavio Villagomez Garcia
September 14, 2017 02:32 0/100 1
John Caleb Gibbons
September 25, 2017 12:16 0/100 0
Yulia Mizgireva
September 25, 2017 10:09 0/100 1
Calvin Chu
October 08, 2017 11:04 0/100 4
October 09, 2017 06:18 0/100 3
Onno Kleen
October 03, 2017 11:47 0/100 2
Mathias Fontaine
October 08, 2017 05:28 0/100 1
Sune Bjørn Andersen
September 11, 2017 06:51 0/100 0
Varvara Eremeeva
October 07, 2017 10:09 0/100 4
Willy Flor
September 24, 2017 06:04 0/100 7
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