[Global_conference_committee] [Global_membership_committee] Conference/Chapter Revenue Splitting

Neil Matatall neil at owasp.org
Tue Dec 14 19:19:33 EST 2010

Well this thread has become epic and unfortunately I haven't been able
to catch all of the ideas.  I really hope I can catch up, but why
don't we have a conference call or discuss this at the summit (those
not in attendance will have to be accommodated somehow)?

Times like these make me wish my phone has an "threaded" email view :(

On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 12:13 PM, Jason Li <jason.li at owasp.org> wrote:
> So taking Michael's suggestion of starting fresh, I've cleared the long
> quote of the thread.
> As an observer to the thread, I'm going to capture what I think has been
> mentioned so far on the thread.
> And then I'll weigh in with my humble opinion, keeping in mind that I am not
> involved in the Conferences Committee, Membership Committee, Chapter
> Committee, or the Board (in other words, I'm a nobody in this conversation
> :)).
> ----
> Summary of Problem:
> Where does Conference revenue go?
> Points of Concern:
> 1) Conferences are put on with the assistance of local chapters and
> coordination/support from the OWASP mothership
> 2) We want a way to reward local chapters for their help with
> running/coordinating a conference
> 3) We want conference attendees the option to get OWASP Memberships bundled
> in with the conference
> 4) Chapters need money to do things
> -------
> Now with that out of the way, my personal thoughts:
> #4 is completely independent of Conference revenue. There are lots of other
> OWASP sectors that also need money to do things (Projects and Summits for
> example). If there is a need for Chapters to do something, then this should
> be allocated out of the main OWASP mothership budget and not out of
> Conference revenue.
> In my view, conference revenue should go to one of three places:
> 1) OWASP Mothership fund (where the Board can then re-allocate as needed to
> support Chapters or other initiatives as appropriate)
> 2) Local Chapter(s) supporting the conference (in order to recognize their
> support)
> 3) Conferences fund managed by the Conferences Committee
> I'm not even sure if #3 is really necessary as that could also fall under
> #1.
> The only real debate is what proportion of the revenue should go into which
> bucket. That's where I believe this debate originally started. All this
> other talk about chapter needs and a chapter fund has clouded the
> discussion.
> -Jason
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