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

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Tue Apr 24 19:26:58 UTC 2012

Agree. Very positive use of chapter funds. It will help spread the message. :)

Rock on Josh.

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

On Apr 24, 2012, at 12:03 PM, Tin Zaw <tin.zaw at owasp.org> wrote:

> Josh,
> I think it is proper use of chapter funds and I support it.
> Thanks.
> 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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