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To celebrate the recent discovery of the Hat and Spectre tiles, which tessellate the plane but only in a non-repeating way,  the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and the National Museum of Mathematics were pleased to host the Einstein Mad Hat Awards, for renditions of the Hat and Spectre tiles.

Competition winners have now been selected – from the UK and internationally – and were awarded their prizes at the HAT Awards at The House of Commons on 12th December 2023.  

Click to view the results of the competition

Global Competition: Winners | Finalists | Honorable Mentions

Scholastic Competition: Winner | Finalists | Honorable Mentions

Submissions highlighting the connections between mathematics, art, design, and catering were encouraged.  There were two competitions offering $20,000 in total awards distributed.

The Global Einstein Mad Hat Award: This competition awards a cash prize to an adult winner.  The adult winner must be 18 years of age or older and must not be enrolled in high school, secondary school, or the equivalent.

The Scholastic Einstein Mad Hat Award: This competition awards a scholarship to a winner who is currently enrolled in high school, secondary school, or the equivalent.  The scholarship will be applied towards tuition at an accredited college or university.

Check out this New York Times article, What Can You Do With an Einstein?, featuring the winners of the Einstein Mad Hat Awards.

Special thanks to Edmund Harriss for creating the awards plaques.

The United Kingdom Mathematics Trust and The National Museum of Mathematics wish to thank everyone who participated in the Einstein Mad Hat Awards competition!


Global Competition Overall Winners

Evan Brock
Toronto, Ontario (Canada)


Shiying Dong
Greenwich, Connecticut (USA)

Scholastic Competition Overall Winner

Devi Kuscer
Greater London (UK)

Global Competition Finalists

Pierre Broca, Marseille, PACA (France)
Sy Chen, Rockville, Maryland (USA)
Garnet Frost, London (UK)
Emma Laughton, Colyton, Devon (UK).

Scholastic Competition Finalists

Mia Fan-Chiang, Abingdon, Oxfordshire (UK)
William Fry, New York City (USA)
Verity Langley, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire (UK)
Tadeas Martinat, Cardiff, Wales (UK)
Julien Weiner, New Orleans, Lousiana (USA)

Global Competition Honorable Mentions

David Bailey, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire (UK); Ellie Baker, Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA); Francesca Carter, Hayle, Cornwall (UK); Alec Dixon, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex (UK); Ildikó Fekete, Alcsútdoboz, Fejer County (Hungary); Geoff Ginader, Erie, Pennsylvania (USA); Maia Graff, Sarpsborg (Norway); Peter Hilgers, Ettlingen, Baden-Württemberg (Germany); Dominic Jenner, Salisbury, Wiltshire (UK); Micha Kalle, Zwolle, Overijssel (Netherlands); Fatma Kayatekin, Taipei City, Taipei (Taiwan); Brad Klee, Johannes Martin, and Bowen Ping, Champaign, Illinois (USA); Jonas Lannoo, Veldegem, West-Vlaanderen (Belgium); Petter Larsson, London (UK); Tyswan Slater, Blackheath, NSW (Australia); Ally Stanley, Greater London (UK); Ichiro Tanioka, Higashiosaka, Osaka (Japan); Albin Thorning, Jävrebyn, Norrbotten (Sweden); William Thuburn, Rome, Lazio (Italy); Edward Walker, Cooma, NSW (Australia); Christian Walther, Winterthur, ZH (Switzerland); James Westphal, Forbes, VIC (Australia); and Jon-Paul Wheatley, St. Louis, Missouri (USA).

Shameer Ali, Leicester, Leicestershire (UK); Rehan Basu, London (UK); Nancy Clark, London (UK); Leslie Fry, New York City (USA); Tasnim Hossain, Nottingham, East Midlands (UK); Emily Kelt, Edinburgh, Scotland (UK); Chelsea Lee, Twickenham, Middlesex (UK); Ilora Nandi Ball, London (UK); and Isabella Smith, Rugby, Warwickshire (UK).

Principal Sponsor

The Principal Sponsor for the Einstein Mad HAT Competition is XTX Markets, a leading algorithmic trading firm which partners with counterparties, exchanges and e-trading venues globally to provide liquidity in the Equity, FX, Fixed Income, Futures and Commodity markets. XTX has over 200 employees based in London, Paris, New York, Mumbai, Yerevan and Singapore.

Since 2017, XTX has donated over £100mn to charities and good causes, establishing it as a major donor in the UK and globally. The company’s corporate philanthropy focuses on STEM education and maximum impact giving, and also includes an employee matching programme and carbon removals. As part of this, XTX is the Founding Donor of a new £7mn ‘Maths Excellence Fund’, established to support schools in England to improve attainment and progression in maths from 11-18 years of age.

Over the past 18 months, XTX has also donated over £35mn in support of Ukraine, including humanitarian relief and academic sanctuaries programmes. As part of this, XTX has committed £10mn in direct funding for studentships, fellowships and research positions for 336 people across 45 institutions globally. XTX is also the Founding Donor of the new International Centre for Mathematics in Ukraine, the country’s first maths-specific research institute.

Associate Sponsors

G-Research is Europe’s leading quantitative finance research firm.  We hire the brightest minds in the world to tackle some of the biggest questions in finance.  We pair this expertise with machine learning, big data, and some of the most advanced technology available to predict movements in financial markets.

Jane Street is a quantitative trading firm with offices worldwide.  We hire smart, humble people who love to solve problems, build systems, and test theories.  You’ll learn something new every day in our office — whether it’s connecting with a colleague to share perspectives, or participating in a talk, class, or game night.  Our success is driven by our people and we never stop improving.  Learn more about our educational programs here and our internships and full-time roles here.

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