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Colleen Sheeren

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Barchart Announces University Exchange - A FinTech Hackathon Event for Students

CHICAGO, IL - September 6, 2017 - Today, Barchart, a leading provider of financial market data and technology has announced University Exchange (, a full-day Hackathon event. The inaugural event is open to graduate and undergraduate students at Illinois Institute of Technology. The event takes place on October 27 at FinTank and will feature teams of 3-4 students who will be challenged to develop an automated news publishing solution using Barchart’s financial content and Barchart OnDemand APIs. The solutions will be judged by a group of industry professionals who will award cash prizes to the top 3 teams. Winning teams will also receive a featured spot at FinTech Exchange 2018 which takes place on April 25.

“We have been very active in the local fintech scene in Chicago through our annual FinTech Exchange event and we have wanted to continue to expand the event. Connecting with universities and students is a natural extension to another community that is producing the next generation of developers, quants and analysts,” said Mark Haraburda, CEO of Barchart. “We are excited to partner with Illinois Tech and FinTank to host University Exchange. In addition, sponsoring businesses will have the chance to meet new talent and see their skills up close,” added Haraburda.

“Employers in technology fields are looking more and more for the melding of strong technical skills, critical analysis, and creative, innovative thinking in their potential hires,” says BJ Engelhardt, Director of Operations for Illinois Tech Career Services. “Illinois Tech is providing this type of education to students to prepare them for the future economy, and opportunities to co-develop hackathons with companies like Barchart both supplements their educational experience and gives them much needed career and professional development,” added Engelhardt.

“With FinTank being Chicago’s first fintech incubator, we continually look for collaborative opportunities so we are excited to work with Barchart and Illinois Tech for this event,” said George Vukotich, Managing Partner at FinTank. “Working with a great school like Illinois Tech is crucial in building a pipeline for university students to find a way to make a smooth transition into the job market. Barchart has a great set of resources to give students the data and tools they will need to know how to use in the marketplace to succeed,” added Vukotich.

University Exchange is set for October 27. For more information about University Exchange or sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website.

About Barchart
Barchart is a leading provider of market data and services to the global financial, media, and commodity industries. Our diversified client base trusts Barchart’s innovative Solutions across data, software, and technology to power their operations from front to back office, while our Media brands enable financial and commodity professionals to make decisions through web content, news, and publications. For more information, please visit and

About FinTech Exchange
FinTech Exchange is an annual event where financial markets and technology collide. FinTech Exchange features firms representing software, market data, APIs, exchange technology, mobile, infrastructure, and emerging financial ideas and technologies like cloud computing, binary options, bitcoin and blockchain. The event is uniquely formatted and focuses less on seminars and panels, and more on concise and engaging on-stage presentations.