Bar Ilan University Receives Grant Award for the 12th BIU Winter School on Cryptography

January 5th, 2022 - The Algorand Foundation is delighted to announce that it has entered into a partnership with the Bar Ilan University for the 12th BIU Winter School on Cryptography. The partnership is part of the Foundation's ongoing efforts to support education and participation in blockchain technology in general and the Algorand blockchain project itself. The Foundation is supporting this partnership through the Algorand Foundation Grants program.

The program of the winter school will cover the following topics: advances in private-information retrieval and in oblivious RAM, function secret sharing and homomorphic secret sharing, vector oblivious linear evaluation, threshold signatures, and private set intersection. The program aims to give a taste of key topics in the area, focusing on the state of the art. The target audience for the school is graduate students and postdocs in cryptography.

The winter school organized by the BIU Center for Research in Applied Cryptography and Cybersecurity is a hybrid event and will take place from January 23rd to January 26th, 2022.

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Bar Ilan University today,” said Sean Lee, Algorand Foundation CEO. “We look forward to supporting the 12th BIU winter school which will support the next generation of cryptographers through educating them on the disruptive potential of blockchain. Education will facilitate further blockchain adoption, a key focus in the ongoing development of the global Algorand ecosystem”.  

“We are grateful to Algorand Foundation for supporting our winter school,” said Benny Pinkas, the director of the BIU Center for Research in Advanced Cryptography and Cyber Security, and a co-organizer of the school. “The school is an annual event that focuses on a different topic in cryptography each year. The recordings of all lectures will be posted on YouTube, where they will likely be used by students worldwide as a learning tool for advanced cryptography topics. We thank Algorand for making this event possible."

The Algorand Foundation is proud to support this project with funding through the Algorand Foundation Grant program. For more information about the Winter School and where you can register, please visit

If you are interested in submitting a project for support from the Algorand Foundation Grant program, please apply here when applicants re-open on January 12th, 2022.

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