[Owasp-board] Hawaii Conference

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Mon Aug 10 20:31:46 UTC 2015


Yup, I'm with you. There is a whole process for submitting conference 
proposals and getting them accepted which I commit to following.

Aloha,
Jim


On 8/10/15 10:27 AM, Michael Coates wrote:
> Awesome, glad it's helpful!
>
> One thing to also consider. I *think* we have a blackout period on 
> regional conferences within 1 or 2 months of the national conf. The 
> idea is to not compete with ourself.
>
> This would be a good item to double check with Paul and Laura so you 
> know when the national event is targeted for 2016.
>
> Aside from that, sounds awesome!
>
>
>
> On Aug 10, 2015, at 1:22 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.
>>
>> Aloha!
>> --
>> Jim Manico
>> Global Board Member
>> OWASP Foundation
>> https://www.owasp.org <https://www.owasp.org/>
>> Join me at AppSecUSA <http://appsecusa.org/> 2015!
>>
>> On Aug 10, 2015, at 10:12 AM, Michael Coates 
>> <michael.coates at owasp.org <mailto: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 
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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 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 Foundation
>>>     https://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!
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>     On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 3:44 PM, Tom Brennan
>>>>     <tomb at proactiverisk.com <mailto:tomb at proactiverisk.com>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>         +1
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>         > 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
>>>>         > OWASP Foundation
>>>>         > https://www.owasp.org
>>>>         > Join me at AppSecUSA 2015!
>>>>         >
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>>>

-- 
Jim Manico
Global Board Member
OWASP Foundation
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