[Owasp-board] Meeting Today

eoin keary eoin.keary at owasp.org
Mon Dec 5 11:34:55 UTC 2011


Hi,
I can not make it to today's meeting unless you are willing to move it
either way by 1 hour.

Comments below are in relation to the spreadsheet in googledocs "2012
Budget"
Some, you may disagree with but, it is our job to challenge ad make robust
our strategy and financial position.


*Expenditures*:
Summit 2013 - $100K - Should this be in 2012 budget? I believe we need to
do additional fundraising to achieve this funding goal.
The current revenue stream is related to "keeping the lights on".
If we want a summit in 2013 I believe we should think of options to promote
the event and seek corporate sponsorhsip, starting this now means we have a
year to do it.
Do we pay for a 2013 summit from 2012 revenue?
We should should offer corporate members the option of sponsoring the
summit as part of the membership fee? (Say an extra $1000 guarantees them a
ticket to the event, this has obvious benefits for an organisation).
We should offer individual members the option of donating to the summit
when signing up for membership (say $10 for a change to win a summit ticket
for OWASP Summit 2013).
We should approach the large corporates (IE, Goog, Moz, IBM etc) now via
the conferences committee (or board) to ask for summit support citing what
was achieved at the last summit and "how they can help change the face of
application security" by supporting such an event.

*Connections committee*:
I believe $21K for connections is very expensive? What did it cost last
year? $1000 per month for marketing seems rich unless such funds are
earmarked and there is a plan for it?

*Membership Committee*:
I think this budget needs to be increased given membership is a direct
revenue source. We need membership: corporate, individual, barter-in-trade,
the more the better and a strategy in getting more members and funding
behind this activity.

*Conferences Committee*:
Do we need $5K for cameras? Stats show that very few people look at
recorded events!! Sure AppsSec EU videos were not even released even
thought expensive transport costs for the equipment was paid for.
What does event sponsorship support do? why does it cost $10K. Sponsorship
is meant to make money!! :)
Should we continue to support loss making conferences? To what extent. Do
we have a cap of exposure?
Lets increase conference ticket fees and training by 10%

*Chapters*:
Should we consider a chapter "Summit Tax" which shall help fund the summit?
May chapters out there (including my one) have lots of money and don't seem
to spend it!!

*Training*:
I believe and after talking to Seba, We need to roll out a training
roadshow across USA/EU
This will work on the 40/60 split but can yield significant revenue for the
foundation. ($50K-$100K per region).
This is ala SANS model and needs to be considered.

*Membership*:
Lets increase membership by $10 and corporate membership fee by 10%!!
Industry is looking to increase corp membership by 10% ($18K) does the 2012
budget reflect this?

-ek





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