Passwords 2016

The 11th International Conference on Passwords 

Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
December 5-7, 2016

 The Passwords conference was launched as a response to the lack of robustness and usability of current personal authentication practices and solutions. Starting as a small workshop in 2010, the event has seen a drastic growth of participants, more than doubling participation in the past three years. Starting in 2014, the conference accepts peer-reviewed papers that appear in the Springer LNCS series (2014 in Trondheim/Norway, LNCS 9393; 2015 in Cambridge/UK, LNCS 9551).

The conference goal is to gather researchers, password crackers, and enthusiastic experts from around the globe, with the aim to better understand the challenges surrounding the methods personal authentication and passwords, and how to adequately solve these problems. The Passwords conference series seek to provide a friendly environment for participants with plenty opportunity to communicate with the speakers before, during, and after their presentations.

The 2016 event is organized at the Ruhr-University Bochum, located within the well-known "Ruhr Area", Germany's former primary location for coal mining and steel industry. Although most coal mines have been closed, the hidden beauty of these old days has been preserved in many places.

Official Twitter hashtag for 2016: #passwords16

Official IRC channel: #passwordscon on Freenode

Our local event page at Ruhr-University has information about venue, travelling, accommodation and lots more.

(Mercure Hotel Bochum City will be used by organizers)

 Conference homepage & archives:

Price is NOK 3125,-.
(Approx EUR 344, as of Nov 3, 2016)

The price includes 1 dinner, excursion (limited seats available), lunch 2 days, coffee/tea & snacks. Payment by credit card online at registration. After registration you will receive an email from with a receipt of your purchase. The receipt will also be attached as a PDF.

For local students at the university we have a price of NOK 100 (approx EUR 11,-) for participation only (no food or drinks). ID required at the conference.


We ask for the following information for all participants:
Name, E-mail address, mobile phone number, title and company / organization.

You can opt in to share this information with our sponsors, if you are interested in being contacted by any of them after the conference. If you do not wish to opt in for this, we will provide anonymous information to our sponsors on what type of roles/organizations we have with us at the conference. You may choose to talk to any of our sponsors onsite at the conference of course.

Without the generous support of sponsors PasswordsCon wouldn't exist. By sharing your personal information with our sponsors you are supporting us in keeping the conference running. If you are willing to share your personal information please check the appropriate box in the registration form.

The registration deadline has passed or the event is fully booked