2018 Levchin Prize recipients announced

Internet entrepreneur Max Levchin´s annual prize, the Levchin Prize for Real-World Cryptography honors significant contributions by entrepreneurs dedicated to solving global, real-world cryptography issues, the company said.

This year´s recipients are: Hugo Krawczyk of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, and The OpenSSL team, which provides a full-featured toolkit for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocols. More details about this year´s recipients can be found below.

This year´s recipients were recognized at the 2018 Real-World Crypto conference, which brings together cryptography researchers and developers who are implementing cryptography on the Internet, the cloud, and embedded devices from around the world. Organized by the International Association of Cryptologic Research (IACR), the goal of the conference is to strengthen and advance the conversation between these two communities.

The 2018 winners were selected by the Real-World Cryptography conference steering committee, which includes professors from Stanford University, University of Edinburgh, Microsoft Research, Royal Holloway University of London, Cornell Tech, University of Florida, and University of Bristol.

Hugo Krawczyk is an IBM Fellow and a Distinguished Research Staff Member with the Cryptography Group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center whose areas of interest span theoretical and applied aspects of cryptography.

The OpenSSL Team includes the following individuals: Matt Caswell, Mark Cox, Paul Dale, Viktor Dukhovni, Bernd Edlinger, Steve Henson, Tim Hudson, Lutz Jänicke, Ben Kaduk, Emilia Käsper, Ben Laurie, Richard Levitte, Steve Marquess, Bodo Möller, Andy Polyakov, Kurt Roeckx, Rich Salz and Geoff Thorpe.

OpenSSL is an open-source, robust, commercial-grade, and full-featured toolkit for the Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocols. It is also a general-purpose cryptography library.

Established in 2015, the Levchin Prize for Real-World Cryptography recognizes up to two groups or individuals annually who have made significant advances in the practice of cryptography and its use in real-world systems. In addition to a trophy modeled after the Jefferson Disk wheel cypher and a Cryptex (coined from the fictional writings of author Dan Brown´s “The DaVinci Code”), award recipients receive a cash prize of USD 10,000 each.

Max Levchin is the CEO of Affirm, a next-generation consumer finance company providing shoppers with instant point-of-sale financing for online purchases. Levchin also serves as executive chairman of Glow, an ambitious enterprise that uniquely applies the power of data science to women´s health.