Crypto 2023

August 19-24, 2023

Santa Barbara, USA

Rump Session


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Call for Contributions

Do you have breaking news, progress reports, or other topics of interest to the cryptographic community? Can you keep your talk short and entertaining? The Rump Session is where people show off their talents, present breaking news, humorous takes on the subject, present their rejected CRYPTO submission to a rowdy audience, or present work under submission in the hope of influencing program committees.

Submission Guidelines

Time constraints: 1-5 minutes, 6 minutes if very funny

Submission deadline: Monday August 21, 2023 17:00 PDT

Your talk proposal will need to include enough detail to convince us your submission should be accepted. If your talk is accepted, you will have until noon (PDT) on Tuesday the 22nd to submit a final version of your slides.


The Rump Session will be livestreamed to Zoom attendees, and both video and slides will be made available online to the wider world afterwards. The act of submitting will be taken as your consent to these terms. Note that it is your responsibility as a Rump Session Contender that no plagiarism or copyright infringements take place.

In-person presenters should make sure they are close to the stage near the appointed time. Remote presentations will not be an option this year.


Your slides must be submitted as a PDF, which we will collect together to avoid laptop changes during the presentation. If you have a sufficiently entertaining reason why you should be exempted from this requirement, let us know in your submission. If you plan to give a talk without slides, or if you don't have slides ready yet, please prepare and submit one slide with your name and talk title. If your proposed submission has any special requirements — e.g. other presentation formats, extra microphones, extraterrestrial lighting cues, etc. — please describe your full requirements in the form under the format field in your original submission.

Detailed Instructions

Any submissions not following these guidelines may be rejected. Some submissions may have to be rejected or shortened because of time constraints. Please remember that the Rump Session is meant for short and entertaining presentations. We will only be accepting a very limited number of talks (if any) related to any conference/meeting announcements or job adverts since these types of announcements are now well served by the IACR's calendar of events and open positions in cryptology pages. However, if you want to submit one slide only for such events then we may display these during the break of the Rump Session.

To encourage you all to send in and give humorous talks, the "Best Paper" at the Rump Session is solicited to submit to the Journal of Craptology and will receive a special prize. At the discretion of the rump session chairs, other prizes may be awarded for talks of exceptional quality and/or hilarity.

A final reminder: do not play copyrighted music as part of your talks. Yes, we're serious. Yes, we know it's a bummer. Since the rump session is recorded and posted on YouTube, if you play copyrighted music, the IACR YouTube account is at risk of being shut down. Please don't put us at risk!

Rump Session Chair

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