[Owasp-board] Starting a chapter questions

Andrew van der Stock vanderaj at owasp.org
Wed May 27 02:52:24 UTC 2015

Hi all,

This might be a question for the Foundation staff, but I have been in
contact with a gentleman who wants to start a local Philippines chapter. He
applied through the standard process, but was asked to become an OWASP
member by a "Patrick". I'm not sure which Patrick asked for this.

He doesn't have $50 USD to spare.

I looked at the starting an OWASP chapter page, and I didn't see any
requirement to be an OWASP member. In fact, I'm fairly sure that being an
OWASP Chapter leader is one of the ways of obtaining honorary membership.


1. Do you need to be an OWASP member to start a chapter? If so, we need to
change the by laws and the public pages leading to the start a chapter

2. Doesn't being a chapter leader confer honorary membership?

3. For developing nations, I had thought that OWASP has a lower membership
fee than $50 USD, which is quite a sum for many and a barrier to entry.

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