[Owasp-board] Hawaii Conference

Kelly Santalucia kelly.santalucia at owasp.org
Mon Aug 10 20:24:37 UTC 2015


Hi Jim,

I am not sure how early in 2016 you were thinking, but just an FYI
AppSecCali is taking place again in January 2016.

On Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 4:22 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:

> This is just the advice I was looking for. Thanks Michael.
>
> I'm going to propose a regional for early 2016. My wife has agreed to
> help. We are calling hotels in the area, getting pricing info, and will
> then make a formal proposal with the numbers.
>
> Thanks again, Michael.
>
> Aloha!
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> Jim Manico
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> On Aug 10, 2015, at 10:12 AM, Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>
> Jim,
>
> 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
> perspective.
>
> 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
> speakers.
>
> 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 small
>> * 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.
>>
>> Aloha,
>>
>> --
>> Jim Manico
>> Global Board Member
>> OWASP Foundationhttps://www.owasp.org
>> Join me at AppSecUSA 2015!
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> 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
>> Join me at AppSecUSA <http://AppSecUSA.org> 2015 in San Francisco!
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>>
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 3:44 PM, Tom Brennan <tomb at proactiverisk.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> +1
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> > 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,
>>> >
>>> > --
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