The Prize

The Levchin Prize was established in 2015 by internet entrepreneur, Max Levchin. The prize honors significant contributions to real-world cryptography and celebrates recent advances that have had a major impact on the practice of cryptography and its use in real-world systems. Up to two awards will be given every year and each carries a cash prize of $10,000.

Award recipients are announced at the
Real World Cryptography Conference.


Eligibility Requirements

Everyone is eligible. Awards winners must attend the award ceremony at the Real World Cryptography conference on the year when the award is given.


Nominations &
Selection Committee

To submit a nomination for the 2017 Levchin prize please visit the nomination page. Prize winners will be selected by the RWC steering committee.


The Levchin Prize for Real World Cryptography is made possible by a generous ongoing contribution of Max Levchin, an Internet entrepreneur and a strong supporter of the field of cryptography. 


RWC Steering Committee

Dan Boneh, Stanford University
Aggelos Kiayias, U. of Athens & U. of Connecticut
Brian LaMacchia, Microsoft Research
Kenny Paterson, Royal Holloway, University of London
Tom Ristenpart, Cornell Tech
Tom Shrimpton, University of Florida
Nigel Smart, University of Bristol

Real World Cryptography Conference 2017

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.

4-6 January 2017
New York City, NY USA


Phillip Rogaway

Phil is a giant in the area of symmetric encryption. The award is given for his groundbreaking practice-oriented research, authenticated encryption and his work on format preserving encryption which has had an exceptional impact on real-world cryptography.

More information about Phil’s work can be found here:

International miTLS team

In addition to developing its verified implementation of the TLS protocol the miTLS team also uncovered numerous mistakes in the design of TLS and mistakes in many other implementations. Their work is partially the reason for the upcoming updates to TLS called TLS 1.3. TLS is possibly the most used secure communications protocol, with a long history of flaws and fixes, ranging from its protocol logic and cryptographic design to the Internet standard and its diverse implementations.  

More information about the miTLS team's work can be found here: 

Cedric Fournet

Principal researcher for Microsoft Research Ltd in Cambridge, U.K.

Alfredo Pironti

Cyber Security Specialist.

Karthikeyan Bhargavan

Researcher at INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt, a French national research institution focusing on computer science and applied mathematics

Markulf Kohlweiss

Researcher at Microsoft Research