[Owasp-board] Cancelling AppSec Latam

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Thu Sep 12 13:34:12 UTC 2013


Thank for for this decision and for financially protecting the foundation.

Aloha,
Jim

> 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 <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/LatamTour2013> 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
> 
> 
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