[Global_industry_committee] AppSec Industry Table - industry networking event

Konstantinos Papapanagiotou Konstantinos at owasp.org
Wed Jun 13 06:44:58 UTC 2012


This is an amazing idea. We will be having a formal cocktail during
AppSec EU so we won't have a table but we can set up a meeting point
during the cocktail.
Just let me know. :)


On Wed, Jun 13, 2012 at 2:36 AM, Tobias <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org> wrote:
> Hello fellow Global Industry members,
> will someone of you be at the upcoming AppSec EU in Greece?
> Maybe a small idea, which I tried at the AppSec in APAC and found useful:
> Among the OWASP attendees, industry members are usually a smaller subgroup
> or even a minority and thus it can be challenging to find their peers in the
> crowd for them. To bring the different OWASP attendees from industry
> together and give them a good way to connect with each other, how about to
> give them a common meeting and networking opportunity.
> This has two objectives:
> 1. generate value through networking and exchanging ideas among industry
> peers
> 2. improve communication between OWASP and industry members (what do they
> need from OWASP, which projects could OWASP offer they might not be aware of
> yet)
> E.g. at AppSec APAC, there was a dinner for all attendees and I asked Sarah
> to setup one table with a sign "Industry Leaders" (or you could equally use
> any other title on the sign....) and prior to the event, I went through the
> list of all attendees, carefully selected people from industry companies and
> sent them invitations to join this table.
> During the evening at the table we had interesting discussions about
> industry experiences and they could exchange what they feel works well from
> OWASP for their organisations and also what they would like to get from
> OWASP. I found that they liked this exchange of ideas with their peers and
> many of them also exchanged business cards to later stay in touch and
> cooperate with each other.
> If there is no common dinner during AppSec EU (or next AppSec US), you could
> equally use one evening for an informal dinner/beer evening outside (just
> send the email for a meeting point to the select group of industry people).
> One thing you need to watch out for when doing this:
> Make sure you don't have vendors or consultants on the table.
> Generating value for the industry members is the main objective and that
> comes from exchanging ideas with their peers and not from people trying to
> sell to them during that one evening. (Vendors/services consultants preying
> on industry members to acquire customers during that evening would ruin the
> whole purpose.) - The only thing that might potentially be mentioned during
> that evening could possibly be how to become an OWASP company
> member/sponsor, but even that should be mentioned only casually and after
> first discussing on how we (OWASP) can help industry companies. So pick the
> invited people from the attendee list carefully (and don't allow targeted
> vendor sponsoring towards that sub-group).
> What do you think? Any volunteer to organise this for AppSec EU?
> Btw. I can also provide you with my invitation email from last AppSec to use
> as a template, and I am sure Sarah will be most happy to coordinate with you
> on how to bring them together (during dinner event, or just informal beer
> evening or so).
> Best regards, Tobias
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