[Owasp-board] Guidelines for OWASP leaders attendance of OWASP Conferences

dinis cruz dinis.cruz at owasp.org
Mon Sep 28 17:16:18 UTC 2009


Hi Jeff, I absolutely agree that in the future we need to tie this to the
Project Health (in fact I was just talking about this with Paulo and we were
thinking that this could be the 'carrot' we lost (or are about to lose) when
we move the OWASP SoC money to pay for 'non-OWASP leaders related work')
In fact if you look at the caveat I added here:

*'post AppSec DC conference' - from Nov 09, and once a year there after, the
OWASP Chapter and Project Committees will be expected to first create a
criteria to allocate memberships (based on they contributions over the past
year) and then use it to produce an annual list of Individuals who should be
allocated an Free 1 Year 'Honorary Individual Membership'. This list should
then be submitted for vote and approval
*
I've included the provision for us to add the Health Criteria for next
year's batch of Free 1 Year 'Honorary Individual Membership'

BUT, I really think that it will be massively unproductive and
un-Community-Building for us to try to do this for the past projects, and I
recommend that we try to be as fair as we can be with current/past
contributions, and even, allocate these 1 Year memberships to
project/chapter leaders that have done quite a lot of work/contributions for
OWASP in the past but have been MIA for the last year(s).

Again remember that this 2009 'owasp leader membership clearing effort'  is
a 1-off exercise. At the moment both Chapter and Project Committee have the
responsibility to come up with the proposed 2009 list of 'Honorary
Individual Membership' so lets see what they come up with :)

Seba just IMed me saying he is ok with this.

Dave, Tom and Kate, what are your views? (Paulo can also chip-in of course,
but I just spoke to him and he was OK with this :)  )

Dinis




2009/9/28 Jeff Williams <jeff.williams at owasp.org>

>  Hi – this is great.  I’m really glad we can do this for the leaders in
> our community!
>
>
>
> Since anyone can start an OWASP project by creating a web page, we’re
> probably going to have to limit it somehow. We absolutely want to encourage
> anyone to start a project anytime.  Like venture capitalists we can nurture
> these along and some may grow to greatness.  But I don’t want people to
> abuse the benefit by creating a project just to get free conference
> admission.
>
>
>
> I believe the answer is in the project health and project release criteria.
> I suggest that we limit it to projects with Level 2 health or "Stable"
> release quality releases. We should reserve the right to change this in the
> future. This is a very nice incentive to get people to move up the criteria
> levels.
>
>
>
> --Jeff
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* owasp-board-bounces at lists.owasp.org [mailto:
> owasp-board-bounces at lists.owasp.org] *On Behalf Of *dinis cruz
> *Sent:* Monday, September 28, 2009 12:06 PM
> *To:* OWASP Foundation Board List
> *Cc:* Global Projects Committee
> *Subject:* [Owasp-board] Guidelines for OWASP leaders attendance of OWASP
> Conferences
>
>
>
> Ok, guys following the AppSec DC threads around members/leaders/etc. here
> is what I propose (first draft for your comments)
>
>
>
> --------------------------------
>
> *Title: **Guidelines for OWASP leaders attendance of OWASP Conferences*
>
> *
>
> *
>
> In recognition of the enormous value provided to OWASP by its leaders
> (projects, chapters, committee & board members) , and the fact that it is
> beneficial for all that these leaders actively participate on one or more OWASP-organized
> conferences<http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_AppSec_Conference>(16 in 2009), OWASP would like to propose the following 'operation
> guidelines' for facilitating the *leaders participation at OWASP
> conferences:*
>
>    - All leaders who currently enjoy an 'OWASP Honorary individual
>    membership' (see details below) apply for a 'FREE' participation on as many
>    Conferences he/she is able to attend
>    - By 'FREE' we mean that there is NO (i.e. zero) cost for the OWASP
>    leader, but internally OWASP is marking up this cost between $100 USD and
>    $300 USD (depending on the conference) which cover the 'participation costs'
>    of a conference attendee (vunue, refreshments, lunch,etc..) .
>    - In order to simplify the process and to remove the potential
>    financial burden, this cost will NOT be allocated/paid by the Conference
>    Organizers, but will be covered by (in order of preference):
>
>
>     - a local chapter that has funds and wants to 'sponsor' a particular
>       leader to attend a conference (in most cases this should be in 'exchange' of
>       a chapter presentation of a debrief of what happened at the conference). See
>       'Notes for chapter with budgets' below
>       - a direct sponsorship of the leader's main employer or 3rd party
>       company that wishes to sponsor OWASP leaders
>       - OWASP on the Move funds
>
>
>    - In order to maximize OWASP resources and efforts, the following would
>    be expected from the OWASP Leader:
>
>
>     - Submit a presentation proposal with the conference RFP time period
>       (note that a separate thread (& guidelines) will be required to define the
>       recommended process (for conference organizers) to deal with these OWASP
>       Leaders presentations)
>       - Allow the conference to include the leader name in its marketing
>       efforts, i.e.: *"...come to the XYZ conference where you will be
>       able to meet personally the following OWASP leaders: {name - project}, {name
>       - project}, {name - project}, {name - project} .."*
>       - Help as much as possible the local organization team (conferences
>       are a LOT of work, and extra pair of hands are always necessary)
>       - If there is an OWASP-Stand, help with the 'manning the stand'
>       - Actively promote the conference in Blogs, Tweets, local chapters
>       and press
>
>
>    - To help with the OWASP Leader participation, and if required, OWASP
>    central (i.e. Kate) can send an 'official invitation letter' requesting that
>    the leader's employer allows the conference participation under company's
>    time (versus holiday time)
>
>
>     - Depending on the level of sponsorship given to the leader by its
>       employer, the conference organizers should add the leader's employer as a
>       conference sponsor (note: at the moment there is no standard name for these
>       type of sponsorships)
>
> *Notes for chapter with budgets*:
>
> The chapters that currently have budget available (see this document for
> the current list of funds available to local chapters)<http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p6IFyntQTi7t-yH-peiD8Aw&pli=1>,
> can and is encouraged (at the discretion of the chapter leader AND its local
> community) to use its funds to:
>
>    - 'Pay' the OWASP internal conference participation cost (100 USD to
>    300 USD) of the current Chapter Leader(s)
>    - Cover part of the current Chapter Leader(s) travel expenses to attend
>    the conference (the current guidelines are 250 USD for local travel (in US
>    or in Europe) and 500 for International Travel (Europe-> US, in Asia, etc)
>    - 'Sponsor' a particular OWASP Project leader to attend the OWASP
>    conference in exchange for a participation at their chapter (this could be a
>    presentation, a training session, etc...)
>
>
>
>   *Notes on "Who is eligible for OWASP Honorary individual membership'*
>
> Contributions to OWASP are highly valuable, so in order to recognize its
> effort OWASP is allocating 'Honorary Individual Memberships' (i.e. Free
> memberships) to:
>
>    - OWASP Board Members
>    - OWASP Committee Members
>    - OWASP Chapter Leaders*
>    - OWASP Projects Leaders*
>    - Individuals with Special Contributions to OWASP*
>
>  * The allocation of  'Honorary Individual Memberships' is going to be
> implemented in two phases
>
>    - 'pre AppSec DC conference' (i.e. now) - For historical reasons OWASP
>    chapter and projects leaders were not made OWASP Members in the past. So in
>    an effort to clean up the past and start with a clean state, the OWASP
>    Projects and Membership Committees is currently creating a list of ALL
>    active and past project and chapter leaders who will be given a Free 1 Year
>    OWASP Individual Membership
>    - 'post AppSec DC conference' - from Nov 09, and once a year there
>    after, the OWASP Chapter and Project Committees will be expected to first
>    create a criteria to allocate memberships (based on they contributions over
>    the past year) and then use it to produce an annual list of Individuals who
>    should be allocated an Free 1 Year 'Honorary Individual Membership'. This
>    list should then be submitted for vote and approval
>
>
>
>   --------------------------------
>
>
>
> OK, guys, what do you think?
>
>
>
> I'm taking this opportunity to create a set of guidelines to handle all
> similar type of requests.
>
>
>
> Note that I'm involving the Owasp on The Move (OoTM) as the clearing house
> for OWASP Leaders sponsorships since that program is still quite under-used
> and fits nicely with what we are trying to do here (the only change is that
> for 'OWASP leaders participation at OWASP conferences', the OnTM funds are
> ONLY used to cover the OWASP internal conference participation cost (100
> USD to 300 USD) )
>
>
>
> Dinis
>
>
>
>
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