[Owasp-board] AppSecUSA Free Trainings

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Thu May 28 19:50:52 UTC 2015

First of all, this is a great idea. But it's not a new idea - there have 
been many volunteers offering free training at a number of levels and we 
should be grateful for them. :)

Part of our mission statement is:

" Everyone is free to participate in OWASP andall of our materials are 
available under a free and open software license."

So by all means do more free training. It's what we are supposed to be 
doing. :)

What I want to challenge the foundation to do is let these free 
trainings, free materials and open source be the focus of what we do 
*even at conferences*. The fact that we do paid commercial training at 
conferences using proprietary materials is against our mission in my 

Rock on AppSecUSA and thank you for doing this.

Jim Manico

On 5/28/15 8:16 PM, Michael Coates wrote:
> Note: This idea is not fully finalized. Anyone watching this thread 
> should wait to prepare any materials until the final doc is publicly 
> shared on appsecusa.rg
> Board,
> The AppSecUSA team is planning to launch a new idea - free 1 hour 
> training sessions held during the conference.
> A few quick points:
> 1. These won't compete with our 2 day paid training courses offered 
> before the conference
> 2. This approach will only accept open source materials (see the link) 
> and no freemium tools from vendors
> 3. This idea will result in building an owasp repository of open 
> training decks
> 4. We are standardizing on virtualbox (free) so attendees can setup 
> their environment with no software costs.
> 5. Presentation decks must be submitted ahead of time and must use the 
> owasp template.
> I'm circulating this idea to the board since there have been previous 
> discussions around free training and it's role at conferences.
> Current plan:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D8FnjonO4BFQXZmW0NPYs7wei1p-vH3dmAp_qGngcfE/edit?usp=sharing
> Other note - while I appreciate feedback on the specifics of the plan. 
> This is something we're ironing out at the AppSecUSA planning team. 
> We'll certainly take anyone's feedback, but ultimately we'll make the 
> final call on the details.
> --
> Michael Coates | @_mwc <https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=_mwc>
> OWASP Global Board
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