Pwnie Awards 2016
About the awards

The Pwnie Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements and failures of security researchers and the security community.

The awards are given out once an year. The tenth annual ceremony will take place on Aug 3rd, 2016 in Las Vegas at the BlackHat USA security conference.

Award categories

In 2016, there will be 16 award categories:

  • Pwnie for Best Server-Side Bug
  • Pwnie for Best Client-Side Bug
  • Pwnie for Best Privilege Escalation Bug
  • Pwnie for Best Cryptographic Attack
  • Pwnie for Best Backdoor
  • Pwnie for Best Junk Hack
  • Pwnie for Best Stunt Hack
  • Pwnie for Best Bug Branding
  • Pwnie for Epic Achievement
  • Pwnie for Most Innovative Research
  • Pwnie for Lamest Vendor Response
  • Pwnie for Most Overhyped Bug
  • Pwnie for Best Song
  • Pwnie for Most Epic FAIL
  • Pwnie for Lifetime Achievement
  • Pwnie for Epic Ownage


The Pwnie Awards will accept nominations for bugs disclosed over the last year, from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.

Nominations will be accepted until July 1. The top five nominees in each category will be announced on the website and the judges will gather at an undisclosed location to vote on the winners. The judges are of course disqualified from winning any Pwnie awards.


The Pwnie Award nominations will be judged by a panel of respected security researchers - the closest to a jury of peers a hacker is likely to ever get.


The Pwnie Awards thank BlackHat for providing a venue for the awards ceremony. Please inquire below for other sponsorship opportunities, but keep in mind that sponsoring the awards will have no influence of the judges, but we will gladly take your money and spend it on things that we shouldn't.

Contact us

To contact the Pwnie Awards organizers, email us at

2016 Nominations open.
Deadline for submitting nominations.
The list of nominees is announced.
Awards ceremony at the BlackHat USA conference in Las Vegas.
Awards Ceremony
when Wed, Aug 3rd 2016
where BlackHat USA 2016, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas