About the Competition

Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition is jointly organized by the China Association for Science and Technology, the Alibaba Foundation, and Alibaba DAMO Academy. It is open to math enthusiasts all over the world, and integrates competition, training and communication.

The goal of the competition is to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of math in the global tech community, and to facilitate math research.

Alibaba DAMO Academy seeks to serve society through inspiring a love of math and fundamental sciences. By organizing global mathematics competitions, the Academy hopes to help more young people see the beauty of mathematics and encourage them to pursue a career in it.

Alibaba is willing to contribute to expanding the role of mathematics in society, to original research and breakthroughs, and to the development of math talents.

Organizing Committee

Honorary Chairman
  • Jinpeng Huai

    Secretary of the Leading Party Members' Group,
    Executive Vice President, and Chief Executive Secretary of the China Association for Science and Technology
Steering Committee
  • Jeff Zhang

    Chief Technology Officer of Alibaba Group
    President of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence
  • Gang Tian

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,
    Chair Professor of Peking University
  • Jianshu Li

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Director, Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics, Zhejiang University
  • Yitang Zhang

    Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Weinan E

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Professor at Peking University and Princeton University
  • Tao Tang

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Chair Professor of Mathematics, Southern University of Science and Technology
  • Jianya Liu

    Professor at Shandong University
  • Yurii Nesterov

    Professor at Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium
  • Frank Kelly

    Fellow of the Royal Society, Professor at University of Cambridge
  • Xing Tang

    Vice President of Alibaba Group
  • Alessio Figalli

    Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich),
    2018 Fields medalist
  • Ling San

    Deputy President and Provost at NTU Singapore,
    Professor at Nanyang Technological University
  • Binyong Sun

    Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,
    Professor at Zhejiang University
Organizing Committee
  • Xiangwen Liu

    Assistant Dean of Alibaba DAMO Academy
  • Wotao Yin

    Professor at University of California, Los Angeles
  • Chenchang Zhu

    Professor at University of Göttingen
  • Yi Liu

    Researcher at Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research
Event Overview

2020 Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition


2020 Alibaba Global Mathematic Competition includes 2 qualifying rounds and 1 final round.  The finalists will be determined by the total score of the 2 qualifying rounds.


Qualifying Round (Online)  - Completed

The results of the qualifying round and finalists will be available on April 10th, 2020.  Please log in first and check your competition status under “ Profile”.
Question type: Mathematical questions that are close to real life.
Competition Rules: The competition is divided into two qualifying rounds. Each of the qualifying round has 4 questions. The finalists are selected based on the total points of the two rounds.  For each of the qualifying rounds, participants will have 48 hours to answer the questions, during which they may save their answers and take a short break. 
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are supported. Adobe Flash must be enabled.


Final Round  

The final round is an individual online competition. It consists of four tracks of different subject areas:
➤ Algebra & Number Theory (5 problems)
➤ Geometry & Topology (5 problems) 
➤ Analysis & Differential Equations (5 problems)
➤ Applied & Computational Mathematics (5 problems)
When the final round begins, we will ask you to select one major track and one minor track. The selection, once made, is final.
You can submit solutions to all the five problems in your major track. In the minor track, however, you can choose any of the five problems to solve but submit solutions to no more than two problems. Every problem is worth 20 points. You can obtain up to 100 points from your major track and up to 40 points from your minor track. The final awards are selected based on total points. 
Date & Time:  April 18th, 2020; 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM (GMT+8), 6 hours total.
Language: English or Chinese



Gold scholarship (4 winners) with 20,000 USD each
Silver scholarship (6 winners) with 10,000 USD each
Bronze scholarship (10 winners) with 5,000 USD each

Hornorable Mention (50 Winners) 


Topic coverage

➤ Algebra & Number Theory: Group Theory, Diophantine Equation, Galois Theory, Algebraic Number Theory, Abstract Algebra, Commutative Algebra
➤ Geometry & Topology: Algebraic Topology, Differential Topology, Manifolds and Lie Groups, Riemannian Geometry
➤ Analysis & Differential Equations: Real Analysis, Harmonic Analysis, Partial Differential Equation
➤ Applied & Computational Math: Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Probability, Optimization Theory, Ordinary Differential Equation, Partial Differential Equation, Numerical Analysis

2018 Alibaba Global Mathematics Competition

Qualifying Competition (Individual)

Question type: Mathematical questions requiring analysis and solution of problems close to real life
Competition duration: 48 hours (9:00am Sep. 18th - 9:00am Sep 20th 2018 GMT+8)
Answering method: Online
Assessment: According to the results, the top 300 contestants will be selected to enter the final competition

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Final competition (Individual)

Preliminary mathematics knowledge:
➤ Geometry and topology: Four questions
➤ Number theory and algebra: Four questions
➤ Analysis and differential equations: Four questions
➤ Applied mathematics and computational mathematics: Four questions
Competition duration: 4 hours (8:00am - 12:00am, Sep. 25th 2018 GMT+8)
Answering method: Online
Assessment: 40 contestants with the best ideas will be selected. The top 20 contestants will be recommended to the selection round of gold, silver and bronze medals. The following 20 contestants will win the Excellence Award. The Steering Committee collectively decides the final gold (4 people), silver (6 people), and bronze (10 people) award winners, and provides letters of recommendation for winners who are willing to continue their studies. Meanwhile, these 20 winners will enter the Master Class and study with the experts.

Shortlist for Final Match



Gold Award (4 people): US$20,000 scholarship per person, with tickets to the Master Class
Silver Award (6 people): US$10,000 scholarship per person, with tickets to the Master Class
Bronze Award (10 people): US$5,000 scholarship per person, with tickets to the Master Class
Excellence Award (20 people): Tickets to the Master Class

Final Contest Awards List


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