[Owasp-board] GoToMeeting and Purchase of A/V Supplies for Austin Chapter

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Tue Apr 24 19:49:30 UTC 2012

I use Kevin Coons, manatribe at gmail.com

He masters the OWASP Podcast and specializes in video.


Jim Manico
VP, Security Architecture
WhiteHat Security
(808) 652-3805

On Apr 24, 2012, at 12:46 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:

Oh, one other thing.  I have recordings from our last four meetings, but
don't really have the time and equipment to properly produce the videos.
Does anyone have any suggestions on a company to do this?  This may need to
be another use for our chapter funds.


On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 1:53 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:

> OWASP Board and Chapter Committee Members,
> Today we experienced what I classified to Matt as a "good problem" with
> our April OWASP Austin Chapter Meeting.  For the last four months we have
> been experimenting with the capability to broadcast our meetings live to
> members of our OWASP community.  We've experienced minor issues here and
> there that we've overcome, but today was the first that may be outside of
> our chapter's control.  I was not aware of it, but apparently our
> GoToMeeting account is limited to a maximum of 26 meeting attendees.  At
> today's meeting, we hit that limit and people trying to join the meeting
> were greeted with a message telling them that our meeting was full and to
> try back again later.  From a meeting organizer perspective, I got several
> popups that showed people were attempting to join and asking me if I wanted
> to boot someone to let them join.  To state the obvious, this is a great
> problem to have since it means that we just spread the OWASP mission to 26+
> people beyond the physical boundaries of our meeting.  That said, it is
> still a problem and I would like to work with the board to see if it is
> possible to add additional licensing to the GoToMeeting contract to extend
> our ability beyond the current 26 person limit.
> Also, I wanted to give you all a heads-up that our Austin Chapter intends
> to purchase some equipment with our chapter funds in order to better
> facilitate these virtual meetings going forward.  Specifically, we intend
> to purchase two small netbook computers for use by the presenter and the
> virtual meeting organizer.  We also intend to purchase a wireless lapel
> microphone system for the speaker and a small audio mixer to better control
> the sound quality for the online attendees.  I doubt that anyone will have
> any issues with this since we plan on using money currently in our chapter
> account for it, but I wanted to share the plan with you before any
> purchases are made.
> The ultimate goal of this experiment is to create a template of equipment
> and procedures that other chapters can use in order to do the same for
> their meetings.  Imagine how far our mission can spread if we had a large
> number of our chapters syndicating their content on a regular basis!  We
> could create a catalog of both past and future presentations in many
> different languages from locations around the world.  Please let me know if
> you have any questions.
> Sincerely,
> Josh Sokol
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