[Owasp-board] board meeting agenda: motion to add item about AppSec conferences

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Mon Sep 8 18:07:22 UTC 2014

Hi dear board fellows,

I would like to make the motion to add two items for the agenda for our 
board meeting next week:

1. I would like to talk about profit share for chapters from AppSec 
conferences and OWASP tour events and chapter days:
In particular about rules for "profit goal thresholds" and sharing of 
the profit with chapter budgets.
The reason for this topic is that over the last few months I received 
several feedback from chapters that some of the side-effects of the 
"rules" are confusing or do sound very unfair....
For that I would like to ask Paul or Laura if you could attend and 
provide an update on how we currently do this  - or if there is a 
documentation link on the wiki, it would be nice if you could send this 
round beforehand so people can read it before the meeting. As an 
alternative, I am also happy to talk with Paul off-list, but I think 
conferences and events are very important

2. AppSec conferences - handling of speakers:
Someone has brought to my attention the following topic for discussion:
the question being:
should we allow the conference team to provide accomodation support to 
non-keynote speakers?

(the recommendation I received: "If OWASP wants the AppSec conferences 
to grow in size I believe that also the hotel expenses for 'normal' 
speakers should be covered. The current model does not attract better 
speakers to register as they have to cover all expenses themselves to 
give a talk, the current model only provides keynote speakers with 
accommodation. It should not only be an honour to speak at an OWASP 
conference, we as OWASP should actively support this knowledge sharing 
by stimulating speakers and meet them with their expenses and take care 
of the hotel for them. I am aware that in the current model the Appsec 
conferences are used to generate revenue for the foundation, but I 
believe that you have to spend money to make money: to invest into the 
speakers, which in turn will attract more attendees and therefore 
generate more income.")

Anyone seconding the motion to discuss these topics?

Best wishes, Tobias

Tobias Gondrom
OWASP Global Board Member
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