[Owasp-board] VOTE: Additional Funds for Summit Operational Budget

Jeff Williams jeff.williams at owasp.org
Sat Jan 22 19:33:55 UTC 2011

Hi all,


Vote: Please vote ASAP to authorize an additional $15K for the summit
*operational* budget, and $25K for the Summit *travel* budget.  Please vote
quickly as time is of the essence.


Background:  The Summit is shaping up to be a very impressive event.  We are
projecting about 150 people (amazing) and lots of really exciting working
groups.  I'm in the process of defining the expected deliverables from each
of the working groups, and even if we only get a handful of them done, it
will be a hugely successful event.  The importance of this event in terms of
OWASP's reputation and mission can't be underestimated.


Financials: The Summit Team is doing a fantastic job of getting value for
OWASP's money.  You can view the gory details in the linked spreadsheets,
but here is the birds-eye summary.

-        Travel Expenses
gt6gk-g&hl=en#gid=0> : $113,398 ($114,216 total budget available from
various sources) (see cell X2)

-        Current Operational Budget
=tYGmpkux4hafA5EGhPvTb4Q&hl=en&authkey=CIKL1f8M#gid=0> : $57,000 ($56,000
currently available)

-        OWASP Total Equity: roughly $213,000 (latest balance sheet after
accounting for $104K summit expenses)


Details:  Dinis has requested the $15K operational funds allow him to
arrange for press coverage, better food and drink, audio visual equipment,
banners and branding, and have some leeway to make decisions on the ground
in Portugal.  Dinis did not request additional travel funds, but I believe
we should authorize it to enable some additional key players (listed in
"grey cells" at the bottom of the travel spreadsheet above).  Some of these
include Steve Christey, Romain Gaucher, Sherif Koussa, Jeremy Long, and
Vishal Garg.  I have full confidence that the Summit Team will use these
funds wisely and get people to pay their own way if possible.


Recommendation: I believe these are critical expenditures for OWASP.  


I vote YES on both.





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