[Owasp-board] Hawaii Conference
michael.coates at owasp.org
Mon Aug 10 20:12:46 UTC 2015
Here's one potential way to start digging into the opportunity. You of
course know most of this already from your board work, just providing some
1. Consider if you want to try for a national conference or a regional
conference. The tradeoffs here are largely around size and risk. A regional
conference is typically smaller (which by no means less awesome). Think of
the Southern California conference which is intimate at around 200 people
and absolutely amazing! As you've seen, these events still draw amazing
A national conference on the other hand is going to have more structure
around profit goals since it's a major fundraiser for the organization.
Most likely this would necessitate a bigger event 1000+ attendees.
2. Run the numbers on attendees - Based on location you would have the best
chance with West Coast from North America, some midwesterners and perhaps
Australia and asia. You can work with Laura to understand the attendee
demographics for conferences, but in general about 50% of attendees are
from the regional area.
3. Run the numbers on cost for attendees - What is the typical airfare for
an attendee to get to Hawaii? What is the lodging? It could be the same
costs as a mainland flight to NYC or SF, if so, that's a really good point
to make if it costs the same.
4. Other cons - have other security conferences been held on Hawaii? How
many people showed up? Perhaps they are bigger or smaller organizations and
this can give you an idea of how it went for them.
Hope this helps. My opinion (without knowing the above information) is that
you could go a regional conference route and create an amazing experience
for a few hundred people.
Michael Coates | @_mwc <https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=_mwc>
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On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 2:42 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:
> So again Michael et al...
> * Hawaii has a very small tech community scattered across several islands
> * Regional Hawaii tech conference are tough since our tech community is so
> * The OWASP Chapter is defunct in Hawaii
> I still want to do something. Perhaps just focus on a small conference on
> Kauai next year? Or propose something bigger?
> I am extremely flexible here. I have been asked about a Hawaii OWASP
> conference on many occasions and I have time to put in serious effort to
> make it happen.
> I think it will be easy to get good speakers, frankly. Shakacon has
> attracted a large number of amazing speakers - it's one of the more
> competitive conferences on the security circuit.
> What is the best path for the first run? 1-day no training? 2-day? 2-day +
> 1-day of training? I'd be grateful for more suggestions....
> Another possibility is to tag onto the end of Shakacon
> http://shakacon.org/. We would do our own thing of course - but just time
> a OWASP conference to happen right before or after Shakacon to leverage the
> community that will already be in town.
> Just thinking out loud. I'm eager for suggestions.
> Anyhow - I'll reactive the Hawaii chapter list and move a more serious
> conversation there, soon.
> Jim Manico
> Global Board Member
> OWASP Foundationhttps://www.owasp.org
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> On 8/7/15 1:32 PM, Michael Coates wrote:
> Proposing as a regional conference via the local chapter? If so, that is
> all in your court and more power to you.
> Get great speakers and people will follow. Provide a professional site and
> handout and people will realize it's the real deal and hawaii is a benefit
> but not the primary reason for people attending.
> Michael Coates | @_mwc <https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=_mwc>
> OWASP Global Board
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> On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 3:44 PM, Tom Brennan <tomb at proactiverisk.com>
>> > On Aug 7, 2015, at 3:05 PM, Jim Manico < <jim.manico at owasp.org>
>> jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:
>> > Board,
>> > I have been considering my plans for 2016/2017 and I would be happy to
>> spend a few months at home helping set up a OWASP Hawaii conference if the
>> desire was there for the community. I live on Kauai and there are several
>> conference centers on this island. For easier travel, I can also help set
>> up a conference in Honolulu near Waikiki - that main tourist center of the
>> state of Hawaii.
>> > This would be an expensive conference for many and the travel is tough
>> on everyone since Hawaii is in the middle of no where.
>> > But I have been asked to drive this several times and I would be happy
>> to get the effort started if the community wanted.
>> > I am really flexible on what this looks like. But I am willing to be
>> boots on the ground and put the work in to make it happen.
>> > What do you think?
>> > Aloha,
>> > --
>> > Jim Manico
>> > Global Board Member
>> > OWASP Foundation
>> > https://www.owasp.org
>> > Join me at AppSecUSA 2015!
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