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

Tom Brennan - OWASP tomb at owasp.org
Mon Sep 28 17:33:55 UTC 2009


I think this is great and I agree with Jeff's comments too



On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 1:16 PM, dinis cruz <dinis.cruz at owasp.org> wrote:

> 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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