Location: Special event with LatinCrypt 2021.

Date: 9th October, 2021.

Organizers: Abdelraham Aly, Gustavo Banegas, Fabio Campos, Sofía Celi, Jesús-Javier Chi-Domínguez, Daniel Escudero, Octavio Perez Kempner, Fernando Virdia, and Arantxa Zapico.

Criptolatino is a community of the Latinamerican cryptographers focused on creating a welcoming community for anyone on Latin America wanting to pursue the study and work of cryptography.

With the above in mind, we aimed to create this workshop as an event where people who are interested in cryptography in Latin America can learn more about it: from the experiences of Latin Americans working in the academia and in the industry. We want to share with them what we work on, the topics we study and the challenges of being a Latin American in this field.

The idea of the event is to present various panels of senior Latin American cryptographers where they share the challenges, successes and their current work. We will also have presentations explaining what cryptography is (from a mathematical, electrical engineering, software development and cryptanalysis perspective) and short presentations of the work that we currently do. The goal is that participants feel encouraged to start working in this field and understand what it means to be a Latin American cryptographer. By introducing our community and inviting world-class Latin American researchers to present their work and experience, we hope that students and participants with little experience feel more encouraged to get involved in the field. Hence, our main goal is to provide a grasp on the alternatives that people from Latinamerica can have to pursue a career in cryptography.

The Event:

The event will be entirely virtual. We will be using Zoom and Wonder.

The event will be held in English.

Be aware that it is not a place for people to be exclusionary. We’ll use the SNAPL Friendly Environment Policy, and follow all the guidelines and policies of the LatinCrypt2021 conference.

The schedule will follow this format (all times are displayed in UTC):

Time Event Presenters/Panelists Moderators
3:00pm - 4:00pm Presentation: ‘Criptolatino: the Latin American community of cryptographers’. Fabio Campos and Sofía Celi. None.
4:00pm - 5:00pm Presentation: ‘From theory to practice: elliptic curve cryptography’. Diego Aranha. None.
5:00pm - 6:00pm Panel of senior cryptographers from the industry and academia. Paulo Barreto, Juan Garay, Rafael Misoczki, Patrick Longa, Anderson Nascimento and Francisco Rodríguez Henríquez. Gustavo Banegas and Sofía Celi.
6:00pm - 7:00pm Lunch break All ;) All ;)
7:00pm - 8:00pm Panel of senior cryptographers that have researched topics from Latin America. Diego Aranha, Daniel Carbarcas, Alejandro Hevia, Pilar Sáenz and Jeroen van de Graaf. Daniel Escudero.
8:00pm - 9:00pm Panel of Latin American cryptographers discussing the challenges/advantages of working/studying abroad in cryptography. Abdelrahaman Aly, Sofía Celi, Alejandro Hevia and Patrick Longa. Arantxa Zapico.
9:00pm - Socializing time All ;) All ;)

The socializing times can be used for us to meet each other, come up with new ideas or propose paths to explore.


Registration is free; but you must be aware of the SNAPL Friendly Environment Policy.

We require that every participant represent themselves by the name that they use for their professional work (this can be a pseudonym that they generally use for their professional work). No participant can impersonate another person.

On the Internet, signing up is cheap. Showing up is hard. Check your calendar to make sure you're free, and block off the dates: commit to participating before you sign up. Do not sign up until you've blocked out the dates in your calendar.

Nevertheless, we understand that things can change. If you have signed up but won't be participating, let us know.

Registration form

Note that you have to provide a valid email address at registration, as subsequent communications regarding the event will be sent to that address.

There are two ways of registering:

  • By using this google form.
  • By sending an email to criptolatinos2021 (at) gmail (dot) com, with the following information (* means mandatory):
    • Last Name*,
    • First Name*,
    • email address *,
    • affiliation/institution*,
    • The statement: 'I confirm that I understand the SNAPL Friendly Environment Policy to be used at the event' *.