[Global_chapter_committee] [Global_conference_committee] "Speakers" Sub Committee

Christian Heinrich christian.heinrich at owasp.org
Sun Mar 13 21:27:30 EDT 2011


On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 9:03 AM, John Wilander <john.wilander at owasp.org> wrote:
> Hi Christian & GCC!
> Just to make sure -- OWASP conferences aiming for academic submissions such
> as AppSec in Athens next year and IBWAS in Portugal must have their own PC
> and maintain a fully anonymous review process. Anything else would be
> sub-standard.

On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 9:03 AM, John Wilander <john.wilander at owasp.org> wrote:
> As always, selecting speakers is prone to biases so I'd advice some checks
> and balances in any newly formed speaker committee.

Yes, I agree - I was thinking of proposing that the speaker selection
committee for each event (excluding academic) would consist of:
1. 30% from where the event is held e.g. China
2. 30% from the region e.g. Asia Pacific
3. 40% from outside the region i.e. North and South America, South
Africa and Europe

The Speaker Selection Sub-Committee would provide these individuals
with access to EasyChair.

On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 9:03 AM, John Wilander <john.wilander at owasp.org> wrote:
> Note -- for AppSec in Stockholm I was the only one on my committe who knew
> who any of the authors were. We selected our whole program based on
> abstracts and screenshots, no names. All speakers got three different
> anonymous review notes upon notification. Many speakers who where rejected
> got back to us and thanked us for our organized process and non-biased,
> transparent review. Please take this into consideration when planning for a
> speakers committee.

I believe EasyChair offer this functionality i.e. removing the name
from the Abstract.

I would like to see that the CFP responders are allow a chance to
clarify based on the feedback i.e. two rounds of selection.  SecTor in
Toronto, Canada does this and that is why their process is highly
regarded by the speakers.

Christian Heinrich

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