[Owasp-board] AppSecUSA 2016 - Discussion

Alison Shrader alison.mcnamee at owasp.org
Mon Jun 29 23:43:18 UTC 2015

Just one note on the Baltimore area….I am the only one that is very close.

Kate would not need to pay for a flight, but is not close enough to not
need a hotel.  Everybody else would still need a flight as well.

Alison Shrader

OWASP Accounting

1200C Agora Dr, #232

Bel Air, MD 21014



*From:* owasp-board-bounces at lists.owasp.org [mailto:
owasp-board-bounces at lists.owasp.org] *On Behalf Of *Michael Coates
*Sent:* Monday, June 29, 2015 7:40 PM
*To:* Andrew van der Stock
*Cc:* OWASP Foundation Board List
*Subject:* Re: [Owasp-board] AppSecUSA 2016 - Discussion


Since we're in some ways putting the cart before the horse, from your
comments can I conclude you are for a foundation driven planning for
AppSecUSA 2016?

To your notes, I do like the following ideas you mentioned.

1. Picking a location where we've already been will drastically reduce
effort and work because we've already used the location.

2. Moving to a foundation driven planning event would open up more funds
since the split would be eliminated.

3. Proximity of staff is helpful. We have 2 in the bay area and several in
the baltimore area

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 Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 3:48 PM, Andrew van der Stock <vanderaj at owasp.org>


Agreed we need to get on it.

My views are to first pick a city, and then that should help crystallize
volunteer support once they know for sure that they are getting a major

   - *NYC* - we had a great event in 2013, and we know the hotel can help
   us even if we don't have bodies on the ground. We can use the additional
   revenue from a lack of splitting with a chapter to use more hotel resources
   in the planning phase.
   - *Baltimore* - this is close to OWASP HQ, and thus Foundation staff can
   do be there without hotel and travel costs. BWI is a great airport and has
   public transport linkages to Baltimore.This is a good option if we don't
   find any on the ground volunteers, as I'm sure Baltimore has similar
   convention capabilities to NYC, plus local OWASP staff.
   - I would suggest we consider *DC* as a distant third option for
   discussion as that DC is a hub for government agencies, but honestly, this
   is almost as bad as NYC in terms of getting OWASP Foundation staff to
   travel to DC as it's a good 1.5-2 hours from OWASP HQ to DC.

I think we need to pick a location, and then find volunteers to help once
they know that it will be in their neck of the woods.



On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 5:40 AM, Noreen Whysel OWASP <
noreen.whysel at owasp.org> wrote:

The most successful events I've attended already had a location and team in
place for the next year to announce at the current year's event.

Noreen Whysel

Community Manager

OWASP Foundation

On Jun 29, 2015, at 3:09 PM, Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org>


I'd like to suggest the following for discussion and information gathering.

*Motion to move full responsibility of planning and execution of the
AppSecUSA 2016 conference to the OWASP Foundation.*

*Current Situation*

- Open call for hosts conducted and conference is awarded to the most
qualified submission

- No submissions for AppSecUSA were submitted during first or second call
(took place December and January 2014/2015)

- A third call was recently announced by Laura just a few weeks ago.


- Conference planning needs 18 months. Planning within 12 months is
possible, but much more difficult

- If we don't make a decision to invest this to the full time resources of
the foundation, we won't have AppSecUSA 2016

- This would lead to a significant impact on foundation resources

Opening for discussion. Thanks for your thoughts.

Michael Coates | @_mwc <https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=_mwc>

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