[Owasp-board] OWASP not selected for GSoC

Noreen Whysel noreen.whysel at owasp.org
Tue Mar 3 17:36:07 UTC 2015


So maybe add a line about what a generous program GSoC is?

Noreen Whysel
Community Manager
OWASP Foundation

On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 12:29 PM, Fabio Cerullo <fcerullo at owasp.org> wrote:

> Noreen
>
> Thanks for putting this together.
>
> I would avoid the tone "we don't need Google" because effectively is one
> of the most generous donors regarding open source projects.
>
> In the last couple of years, OWASP benefited greatly from GSOC having
> students contributing vast amounts of code and hours.
>
> I would focus on "other ways to contribute".
>
> I'm planning to submit a proposal to the Board shortly so we could include
> it in the communication.
>
> Regards
> Fabio
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On 3 Mar 2015, at 16:07, Noreen Whysel <noreen.whysel at owasp.org> wrote:
>
> Here's a start on a writeup, with thanks to Paul for his thoughts:
>
> So OWASP was not selected for Google Summer of Code. Neither was Mozilla
> or Tor or the Linux Foundation. This isn't a huge blow for OWASP, since
> even though is is a valuable grant, it represents less than 5% of Community
> funding. If anything it is a blow to students and the public who would have
> benefited from they publicity and reach of these global mentoring
> organization.
>
> But we don't have to leave it at that. OWASP projects & innovation will
> continue with our University Challenge program at AppSecEU and the Project
> Summit which will also focus on new project ideas. Students around the
> world are eager to participate in and learn from OWASP activities. Our own
> Manila chapter has attracted a student crowd of 900+ people. We have more
> events coming up (FABIO: what else? I know Cluj is doing some kind of
> student oriented event and what other things are planned for students for
> LATAM and other upcoming tours?)
>
> Look at all these great ideas:
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/GSoC2015_Ideas
>
> History of GSOC @ OWASP - (need content here from leaders, why GSoC is
> important, something about OWASP mentors developing new AppSec leaders...)
>
> Find out how you can get involved with OWASP by reviewing our global
> projects or a local chapter near you.
>
> Projects: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_Project
> Chapters: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Chapter
>
>
>
>
> Noreen Whysel
> Community Manager
> OWASP Foundation
>
> On Mar 3, 2015, at 10:45 AM, Tobias <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org> wrote:
>
> Fabio,
>
> thanks a lot for this answer and info.
>
> That is an acceptable reason, though IMHO it would have been nice from
> Google to state such criteria before our team made the effort of preparing
> and submitting.
>
> Still good to know.
>
> @Fabio: could you (or another member of the GSoC team) maybe write a blog
> post about this for our OWASP blog?
>
> And a small question, just a thought: Should we as OWASP maybe hold our
> own SoC this year, using some OWASP funding budget for it (even thought
> surely much lower than what Google has)?
>
> What do you think?
>
> Best regards, Tobias
>
>
>
> On 03/03/15 22:10, Fabio Cerullo wrote:
>
> Tobias,
>
>  I don’t believe we lack in any particular areas.. the proposal was
> exactly the same as previous years.
>
>  The reasoning provided to Mozilla sums it up quite well..
>
>
> http://blog.queze.net/post/2015/03/03/Mozilla-not-accepted-for-Google-Summer-of-Code-2015
>
>  Some orgs could survive without Google support for a year.. while others
> depending on it. So I think this year Google decided to leave out the big
> players like Linux, Tor, Mozilla, OWASP and give those slots to smaller
> organisations.
>
>  Fabio
>
>  On 3 Mar 2015, at 14:01, Tobias <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org> wrote:
>
>  Hi all,
> it would be good if we could find out why we were not selected.
> E.g. did Google provide any feedback on their decision? Did they find
> OWASP lacking in any areas?
> Thanks, Tobias
>
>
>
> On 03/03/15 20:55, Fabio Cerullo wrote:
>
> Noreen,
>
> Thanks for your message. We are in discussions with previous GSOC mentors
> to come up with a plan for this year. I believe a message out to the
> community is in order through the OWASP blog. Could you please draft
> something and me/Kostas could review it before going live?
>
>  Regards,
>
> Fabio
>
> On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 12:49 PM, Noreen Whysel <noreen.whysel at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>
>>  We didn't get selected this year for GSoC. A few people on Twitter
>> tweeted about it. May want to have some kind of response. Linux Foundation
>> and Mozilla also did not make the cut so we are in good company...
>>
>>  There are some ideas floating around on the leader list of alternatives
>> we could be doing. Maybe we can say something to the effect that we didn't
>> make the cut but with so many great ideas we are working on a plan for a
>> similar effort for students this summer?
>>
>> Noreen Whysel
>> Community Manager
>> OWASP Foundation
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