[Owasp-board] Cancelling AppSec Latam

Tom Brennan - OWASP tomb at owasp.org
Thu Sep 12 03:54:00 UTC 2013

Thanks for the update.

Tom Brennan
m: +1 973.202.0122

OWASP Foundation

AppSecUSA 2013 18-21 Nov

On Sep 11, 2013, at 5:55 PM, Sarah Baso <sarah.baso at owasp.org> wrote:

> Board Members -
> I just wanted to let you know that the staff, along with input from the AppSec Latam planners decided to cancel the upcoming conference (October 1-4) in Peru.  We are only 3 weeks away from the event and we had no one registered for the conference and only 15 people (10 of which were speakers) registered for the conference.  
> We had not committed to any translation, food and beverage, or other logistical costs for the event and were getting the venue for free so the only costs we are "out" are the changes in travel fees for the staff and keynotes which will be about $800.  Kate and Laura were planning on going and will just use the airline credit for their next trips and we ask the keynotes to participate with their airline "credit" in the Latam Tour or other Latam OWASP event.  
> We have communicated the cancellation to the trainers, speakers, and those that had registered for the event. We have also updated the event website.
> We also had one sponsor for the event - Checkmarx - who Kelly is following up with to work out options to make sure they understand the reasons for the cancellation and have the ability to apply this money elsewhere (other sponsorship opportunities or upgrades).
> After a couple of discussions with the staff and key Latam liaisons in the OWASP Community such as Fabio Cerullo and Mateo Martinez), I think the main reason for the lack of participation in this event goes back to lack of local support. One of the two main local planners in Peru moved out of Peru since the onset of the planning process and the other has had other priorities outside of OWASP making communication and participation difficult for him.  Without local support it is really hard to get participation in the area and excitement built up for people to register.  Addionally, Laura was doing a great job of hitting the ground running with logistics, but doing this 100% remotely has challenges.
> The interesting/positive thing to consider is that the Latam tour earlier this year organized by Fabio Cerullo brought a combination of 1300 people together in the various stops and was hugely successful in raising awareness of OWASP and our mission.  We are considering for next year that instead of having the one stop AppSec Latam, maybe we should try the tour model as our main fundraiser and outreach effort in the region.    No decision has been made, but after a couple of years of difficulty in planning and gaining momentum in the region for a larger appsec, it seems best to build on our successes and what IS working.
> Please let Laura or I know if you have any additional questions or concerns.
> Regards,
> Sarah Baso
> -- 
> Executive Director
> OWASP Foundation
> sarah.baso at owasp.org
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