[Global_industry_committee] AppSec Industry Table - industry networking event

Colin Watson colin.watson at owasp.org
Thu Jun 14 06:34:22 UTC 2012


During last night's GIC meeting, I agreed to take this item forward
with you for AppSec EU. I will be in touch directly.


On 13 June 2012 07:44, Konstantinos Papapanagiotou
<Konstantinos at owasp.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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. :)
> Kostas
> 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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