[Owasp-board] Hawaii Conference
jim.manico at owasp.org
Mon Aug 10 20:30:10 UTC 2015
Don't worry Kelly - I'll go through the formal proposal and acceptance
process and get Laura and staffs feedback before moving forward with
anything. :) We are just doing to footwork to get pricing info and similar.
But yea, good point. We were thinking March or later.
On 8/10/15 10:24 AM, Kelly Santalucia wrote:
> 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
> <mailto: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.
> Jim Manico
> Global Board Member
> OWASP Foundation
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> On Aug 10, 2015, at 10:12 AM, Michael Coates
> <michael.coates at owasp.org <mailto:michael.coates at owasp.org>> wrote:
>> 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
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>> On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 2:42 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org
>> <mailto: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
>> 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
>> 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 Foundation
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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
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>>> On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 3:44 PM, Tom Brennan
>>> <tomb at proactiverisk.com <mailto:tomb at proactiverisk.com>> wrote:
>>> > On Aug 7, 2015, at 3:05 PM, Jim Manico
>>> <jim.manico at owasp.org <mailto: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
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