Student Challenge

WHAT: Compete head to head on a de-anonymization challenge!  Anonymous data of various complexity will be given to each team and students will be asked to re-identify the anonymous data source by cross-referencing with other data sources and/or other methods.  Teams will be allocated equal computational resources and, if needed, workspaces at SEAS.

WHO: Harvard undergraduates and graduate students up to the G2 level are eligible to participate. Students may form and register self-selected teams of 2-3 players or sign up as individuals to be matched with other players to form teams.  Individuals not on a team must register by Thursday, January 15 at 5pm to allow for time for placement on a team.

WHEN: The Challenge will kick off on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Students will be given sample test data on Tuesday and will have until Thursday, January 22, 2015 to prepare their methodology and test it.  On Thursday, students will compete in de-anonymizing unseen data sets. 

WHY: Students will play for fun, pride and prizes! (First place prize: Beats by Dre headphones and Runner Up Prize: Fitbit) The winners will be announced before academic and industry leaders at a ceremony during the "Privacy in a Networked World" symposium on Friday, January 23.

Pierce Hall, Room 301
29 Oxford Street


12:00 pm Tuesday, Jan. 20 Kickoff
12:00 pm Wednesday, Jan. 21 Dry runs
1:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 22 Team competition 
9:15 am Friday, Jan. 23 Awarding of prizes (at Symposium)

Registration: Now closed

Session Chairs: Verena Kaynig and Ray Jones - Lecturers on Computational Science

Thank you to our sponsor: 

Read about last year's challenge.

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