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2022 Crossroads Classic Analytics Challenge

Monday, January 10, 2022
12:00 am

Ross-Ade Stadium Buchannan Level

What we want

  • Ability to search, identify, and wrangle publicly available data that could be used to develop general insights for similar phishing problems.
  • Ability to cleverly use wrangled data with internal data (competition dataset) to detect if an email is a threat or not. Ability to predict will be evaluated via your Kaggle platform submissions.
  • What are the profiles of phishing emails? What could be anticipated from future phishing emails, where do they come from, who receives them, who are likely targets?
  • Can you sell your solution and knowledge from the point of view of a new cyber security consulting firm? Prove what you bring to the table with results and insights!

Key Dates

January 10

  • Competition opens! 
    • Teams of 2-5 register here
      • This process could take 24-48 hours (72 hours if you register on the weekend) 
      • Teams will receive an email from Pitch that their team has been added to the Pitch application, the application used here to manage case experiences    
      • After your team is accepted to the competition, teams will be added to the Pitch application to access the data

January 21

  • Team registration deadline, 5:00 p.m.

February 13 

  • Round 1 – Kaggle deadline, 5:00 p.m.

February 14

  • Advancing teams will be announced

February 18

  • Top 4 teams per school per division video presentation deadline, 11:30 p.m.
  • Advancing teams will submit one 5 minute video to Pitch
  • Submissions files to include
    • Name of School (Butler University-BU, Indiana University-IU, Notre Dame-ND, or Purdue-PU)  
    • UG or Masters
    • Team Name 
      • Examples
        • BU_UG_Data Pros
        • ND_Masters_ACE Consulting 
  • Minimum of 2 members speak and are visual in the video
  • Video to include an image with team members, names, photos, and expertise

February 21

  • Final round invitations sent out, key information listed 
  • 1 undergraduate team and 1 graduate team from each university will be invited to present in-person on the Purdue campus
  • Students are not to include any mention of their university in their presentation. This includes the team name or use of university colors in their slide decks
  • Slide deck  must include a opening slide with team names, expertise, and individual or team photo(s) 
  • Slides decks are are not to exceed 12 slides for the final presentation and an appendix area of up to 12 slides
  • Teams are to submit the final presentation to Pitch, name the file UG or Masters__[add: team name]

February 25

  • Final presentations, 8 Teams  
  • Teams submit final presentation slides before 7:00 a.m. on the Pitch platform  
  • 8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Purdue University West Lafayette Campus
  • Ross-Ade Stadium, Buchannan Level

Prizes, Award Money

$10,000 in total prizes! (All prize amounts are total amounts per team)
Money will be awarded via Purdue financial aid, students from other universities winning prize money need to complete paperwork onsite at event 
Following the awards ceremony report to the stage area for photos and to collect the paperwork 

Graduate Division (per team):

  • 1st Prize: $5,000
  • 2nd Prize: $2,000

Undergraduate Division (per team):

  • 1st Prize: $2,000
  • 2nd Prize: $1,000

There will be an overall competition winner. Those team members will also win a championship belt.  

Registration Steps

  1. Students from all universities should form their team and submit them here 
  2. Within 24 hours you will be added to the Pitch platform hosted by Purdue University. Instructions to complete registration and NDA requirements will be sent the emails you provided in Step 1. Weekend registrations could take up to 72 hours.
  3. Once all team members have had their registrations and NDAs reviewed via Pitch, you will gain access to the dataset that you will be generating phishing predictions for [Note: this dataset is not available via Kaggle].
  4. Only the leader from your team will be set up in Kaggle to upload your team’s predictions. That person will be added to the Kaggle site. All team members can view the Kaggle leaderboard to see where you stand.
  5. Advancing Teams will use the Pitch platform to submit presentation materials (video for round 1 and slide deck for round 2) 


  • Students must remain within their registered team once they register. They cannot change teams, form new teams, or be considered dropouts if a team wins.
  • Winning teams will split the funds equally among registered team members regardless of who contributed more or less.
  • All discussions and Q&A among sponsors, judges, and competition administrators should happen with Pitch (not Kaggle). We do not want to the “bad guys” to see what we are doing.
  • Teams can create videos using whatever software they choose, but should follow the rubric posted in Pitch.
  • Two undisclosed faculty members from each university will serve as judges to identify the top undergraduate team and top graduate team they feel would be represent their school and win the competition. Professors are your audience here.
  • The top teams from each school per division (8 teams in total) will present in person on February 25, 2022, to sponsor representatives from IN3, ECS, and MISO. The judges decisions are final. 
  • The final presentation event will begin at 8:00am EST with a provided breakfast among all invited teams, faculty, sponsors, and invited guests. Afterward the presentations will commence. The event will conclude with a lunch at noon, announcement of winners, and photos. Event is expected to conclude by 1:30 pm EST.
  • Dress is business professional
  • All guests must follow Protect Purdue Protocols and wear masks. 

Have Questions?

Please explore our Library Case Competition Guide

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