[Global_chapter_committee] GoToMeeting and Purchase of A/V Supplies for Austin Chapter

Tin Zaw tin.zaw at owasp.org
Tue Apr 24 19:03:33 UTC 2012


I think it is proper use of chapter funds and I support it.


On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
> OWASP Board and Chapter Committee Members,
> Today we experienced what I classified to Matt as a "good problem" with our
> April OWASP Austin Chapter Meeting.  For the last four months we have been
> experimenting with the capability to broadcast our meetings live to members
> of our OWASP community.  We've experienced minor issues here and there that
> we've overcome, but today was the first that may be outside of our chapter's
> control.  I was not aware of it, but apparently our GoToMeeting account is
> limited to a maximum of 26 meeting attendees.  At today's meeting, we hit
> that limit and people trying to join the meeting were greeted with a message
> telling them that our meeting was full and to try back again later.  From a
> meeting organizer perspective, I got several popups that showed people were
> attempting to join and asking me if I wanted to boot someone to let them
> join.  To state the obvious, this is a great problem to have since it means
> that we just spread the OWASP mission to 26+ people beyond the physical
> boundaries of our meeting.  That said, it is still a problem and I would
> like to work with the board to see if it is possible to add additional
> licensing to the GoToMeeting contract to extend our ability beyond the
> current 26 person limit.
> Also, I wanted to give you all a heads-up that our Austin Chapter intends to
> purchase some equipment with our chapter funds in order to better facilitate
> these virtual meetings going forward.  Specifically, we intend to purchase
> two small netbook computers for use by the presenter and the virtual meeting
> organizer.  We also intend to purchase a wireless lapel microphone system
> for the speaker and a small audio mixer to better control the sound quality
> for the online attendees.  I doubt that anyone will have any issues with
> this since we plan on using money currently in our chapter account for it,
> but I wanted to share the plan with you before any purchases are made.
> The ultimate goal of this experiment is to create a template of equipment
> and procedures that other chapters can use in order to do the same for their
> meetings.  Imagine how far our mission can spread if we had a large number
> of our chapters syndicating their content on a regular basis!  We could
> create a catalog of both past and future presentations in many different
> languages from locations around the world.  Please let me know if you have
> any questions.
> Sincerely,
> Josh Sokol
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