Real World Cryptography Conference 2016
6-8 January 2016
Stanford, CA, USA
co-hosted by the Stanford Cyber Initiative


The RWC annual conference aims to bring together cryptography researchers with developers implementing cryptography in real-world systems. The main goal of the conference is to strengthen the dialogue between these two communities. Topics covered will focus on uses of cryptography in real-world environments such as the Internet, the cloud, and embedded devices. 


We have a great program lined up.   Check it out here.


The venue has a capacity for 450 participants. We are now full and registration is closed.


The 2016 RWC workshop will be held at Stanford University on January 6-8, 2016. The conference venue is the Arrillaga Alumni Center located at 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305

Map to alumni center        Arrillaga Alumni Center


Please see the Stanford Lodging Guide for a list of nearby hotels.   

Tourism and Travel advice 

The closest airport is San Jose airport (SJC, 16 miles) followed by San Francisco airport (SFO, 22 miles) and Oakland airport (OAK, 29 miles).  There are several shuttle services from SFO and SJC to the Stanford campus.  

RWC 2016 attendees are advised to take the same personal safety precautions that they would when traveling. 

Visas and Letters of Invitation

Depending on your nationality and status, you may require a visa to enter the USA. If you require a letter of invitation in connection with a visa application, please first register for the workshop and then contact Ruth Harris, stating your full name, affiliation, gender and salutation (Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms./Dr./Prof.), and including a copy of your workshop registration receipt as an attachment. We will not be able to provide letters of invitation unless you have already registered for the event.

Financial Support

Requests should be made by November 1, 2015.  Initial support decisions will be made by November 15, 2015.  Requests can be made after November 1, but they will not be considered until after the initial support decisions are made.   All requests must be accompanied by a short email from an advisor or supervisor that supports and justifies the request.  

Please contact Tom Shrimpton to request financial support to attend the conference.

Note (11/17): Initial notifications have been sent.  Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to offer support to all 40 students who made requests by November 1.  We will consider requests that were made after November 1 if additional funds become available.

Call for contributed talks

The steering committee is looking for submissions to be considered for presentation at the workshop.   The deadline for full consideration is November 1st, 2015.   

To submit a position paper please visit the submission site.   

Submission instructions:  paper submissions can be full 10 page papers, short two page abstracts, or presentation slides.   Please make sure that the submission provides sufficient detail to explain what the talk will be about.

Author notification:  Acceptance decisions were sent out on Nov. 25

Call for speaker nominations

If you have suggestions for speakers at Real-World Crypto please let us know by November 1st, 2015.


We are grateful for the support of the 2016 RWC sponsors.   They help bring students to the conference and keep the conference going.



Local Organizer

Steering Committee