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

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Tue Apr 24 19:25:37 UTC 2012

Use GoToWebinar if you can. It allows MANY more users. (1000, I think?)

Jim Manico
VP, Security Architecture
WhiteHat Security
(808) 652-3805

On 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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