Real World Cryptography Conference 2017
Date: January 4 - 6,  2017
Location: Columbia University in New York City
                    Co-hosted by the Columbia University DSI Center for Cybersecurity


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. 

RWC 2017 would not have been possible without the help of our sponsors (listed below), and the Columbia Data Sciences Institute Cybersecurity Center that has generously assisted in organization and hosting at Columbia University. 


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Videos of talks

We have posted the videos of individual talks to our YouTube channel, Real World Crypto


The program is now available

Video stream  

We have a live video stream of talks that agree to be recorded. Click here.


Registration Site

To contribute to the costs of RWC we offer two registrations fees. For those institutions or persons with limited budgets we set registration at £75, for those institutions who can afford to pay the full cost of attendance we set registration at £150. We rely on the discretion of the participants to select the most appropriate registration level.

The registration site (at the University of Bristol) will require you to register an account with them before allowing you to purchase your registration. This can be a little confusing if you have not used it before. 

Some people have been receiving errors preventing registration, most often when using Chrome on a Mac. Workarounds that have worked for some include clearing your cookies or using a different browser such as Safari. We apologize for the trouble and are working with the University of Bristol to try to fix it. If your problems persist feel free to email the local chair Tom Ristenpart.


The conference will be held on the Columbia University campus in Lerner Hall.  

Map of Campus (Lerner Hall entrance marked with a red star)


Columbia University's travel portal has information about nearby hotels, airports, etc. 

We have a block rate setup at Hotel NYLO with average nightly rate of $131.50 for Jan 3-6. Click here to see about availability of the block rate and to book. It mentions an urban fee but we were assured that wouldn't apply to the group rate. The block rate expires on December 4, 2016. 

We have a block rate at Aloft Harlem with nightly rate of $169. Click here to see about availability and booking. The block rate expires on December 21, 2016.

We have a block rate at The Hotel Belleclaire with nightly rate of $129 for Jan. 3-7. To get the rate, click here, or mention “Tom Ristenpart group” when calling 877-468-3522 or emailing [email protected] You will need to provide a credit card at time of reservation. The block rate expires on December 3, 2016. 

We are looking into more discount rates, and will post updates here shortly. 

Tourism and Travel advice 

Columbia has a beautiful campus, one can go on a self-guided walking tour.

For the latest on events in the New York City area, check out Time Out New York.

RWC 2017 attendees are advised to take the same personal safety precautions that they would when traveling to any major city.

Visas and Letters of Invitation

If you require a visa to enter the United States you are advised to apply for one way in advance of the workshop.
Please contact Tom Ristenpart if you need a letter of invitation to obtain a visa.

Financial Support

Requests should be made by October 1, 2016.  Initial support decisions will be made by October 15, 2016.  Requests can be made after October 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.

10/15: Due to the potential source of extra funds, decisions have been delayed until October 25th.

10/24: We encourage US-based women and members of other historically under-represented groups, as well as strong US-based undergraduate students, to request support.  Help us to expand the RWC community!

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


We are grateful for the support of the 2017 RWC sponsors. They help bring students to the conference and keep the conference going. Their logos will be placed here as we obtain their support.


DSI Cybersecurity Center




Galois Inc


Microsoft Research

NCC Group



Local Organizer

Steering Committee

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Call for speaker nominations

If you have suggestions for speakers at Real-World Crypto please let us know by November 1st, 2016.

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 Oct. 8th, 2016.   

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.   As RWC does not have proceedings, we accept contributed talks which are under submission as full papers to conferences and journals with proceedings.

Author notification:  Acceptance decisions will be sent out on Nov. 15, 2016