Events at DSL

"The LSE Optiver challenge is a great introduction to Market Making while also providing an opportunity to improve Python coding skills. " MSc Student, LSE

News and Events

The Digital Skills Lab run a number of different events throughout the year. There are opportunities to join two different coding challenges with industry partners Celonis and Optiver.

Upcoming Events

We are excited to announce a new Python Coding Challenge with our industry partners Optiver. The challenge will commence on Thursday 18th January 2024. Further details coming soon.

In the meantime check out the details of the last challenge which took place earlier this year.


Python coding Challenge: Winter 2023

"This Coding Challenge really was a rewarding experience! It makes you think outside the box and pushes you to learn more about how you can independently apply Python to your individual tasks." - Sita


The recent coding challenge was successfully delivered in Winter Term 2022 - keep an eye out for the next one on the Digital Skills Lab Moodle site


The Digital Skills Lab are excited to announce an ongoing partnership with LSE Careers and international market maker Optiver for the Winter 2023 Python Coding Challenge.  

As with the Autumn term 2022 coding challenge, participants focused on options trading in financial services, utilising a cutting-edge virtual exchange developed by market maker Optiver. Participants worked in teams to develop trading algorithms in Python, testing and then optimising the algorithm's performance to achieve the best possible trading outcome. 

This year's challenge concluded at the end of the Winter Term, with the awards ceremony taking place on 20th March 2023.

If you want to take part next year, please keep an eye out on the Digital Skills Lab Moodle site.

Not sure if it’s for you? Check out the results and presentations from the participants of the Python Coding Challenge: Winter Term 2023

If you have another idea for a coding challenge you would like us to help develop, please do get in touch by emailing us at


Celonis Masterclass: Autumn 2022

3 Week Masterclass – Data-Driven Management & Digital Consulting with Celonis


The recent Masterclass was successfully delivered in Autumn Term 2022 - keep an eye out for the next one on the Digital Skills Lab Moodle site


Learn together with Germany’s and New York’s most valuable startup Celonis what the Management of tomorrow will look like in a world that is more digitized than ever. Celonis helps organizations track their internal processes based on digital footprints in IT systems. With this Celonis has turned into the market leader for Executive Management Technology with customers like Unilever, Coca Cola or BMW. Celonis uses Process Mining technology as well as different AI and ML capabilities to reveal insights into what is happening in an organization and to provide direct recommendations.

In this Mastercourse you learn about trends in Digital Transformation and Data Driven Management and how process-oriented data science can facilitate an analytical viewpoint internal organizations. You will furthermore gain business user skills the Celonis software and how to use it in a management and management consulting context.

Why participate in this Management Consulting masterclass?

  • Develop your consulting skill-set

  • Position yourself to provide consulting services

  • Gain skills to solve real-world challenges for companies

  • Study the impact of processes on businesses

  • Challenge yourself and delve into the world of management consulting

Target audience

Open to everyone interested in data science and its impact on business. Suitable from undergraduates to researchers, and anyone in between.


No prerequisites. An understanding of information systems and Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) can provide a good basis, but this is not a requirement.

Content Overview

Week 1: 

  • Kick-Off Workshop (live online wth Celonis )

  • Start of Online Training with Theory Introduction to Process Mining and Celonis Software Training

Week 2: 

  • Celonis Software Training

  • Introduction to Business Case “Pizzeria Mamma Mia” 

Week 3:

  • Deadline for Business Case Pizzeria Mamma Mia 

  • Process Mining and Prediction

This masterclass runs as a joint initiative of the LSE Digital Skills Lab, the LSE Data Science Institute and Celonis.