[Owasp-board] Project Summit timing

martin.knobloch at owasp.org martin.knobloch at owasp.org
Thu Nov 16 07:30:59 UTC 2017


As it is voted to be not a global OWASP Foundation  event, there is no conflict. 
There are no regulation about regional events conflicting the global event calendar or to be scheduled  close to a global event.
Nevertheless, this is unfortunate.


On Thursday, November 16, 2017, Andrew van der Stock wrote:
> Hi Board,
> It's come to my attention that the Project Summit is likely to clash in
> terms of dates with AppSec EU.
> June 4th - 8th
> https://owaspsummit.org/website/
> June 17th-21th (9 days later)
> http://2018.appsec.eu/
> As much as I want to support all events, particularly those that support
> projects, the timing of this couldn't be worse.
> We were already struggling with the location of AppSec EU next year (which
> I hope will be offset by a large local attendance), but if there's an event
> two weeks *before* one of our two global events, this is going to be a bit
> of a financial disaster for us if the events have the same attendees.
> The Project Summit, by design, is unlikely to make a profit, but even if it
> did, it's a regional event thus 90% of any profit would go to the event's
> organizers, which is only proper as we're providing no staff support and no
> financial support.
> AppSec EU is on the other hand, a global event which basically funds about
> 1/3rd of our annual budget.
> Even if we let this go for 2018, this will be a problem in coming years if
> there continues to be conflicts with scheduling. If we can't move the
> project summit for 2018 (and as we didn't sign any contracts, we possibly
> can't), this probably means redundancies for staff and scaling back funding
> mission and operations during 2019 depending on the success of AppSec EU
> and USA next year. If both are bumper events (unlikely at this stage), we
> should be okay. I can't see both being okay, especially if there's another
> event that's a lot cheaper / easier to get to than AppSec EU.
> Basically, I need for us to discuss scheduling. I don't want to stop
> events, but they need to be scheduled with sensitivity to allow OWASP to
> grow. For example, AppSec Cali is 8-10 months away from AppSec USA, and
> AppSec AU was ~1.5 months between AppSec EU/USA.
> Properly scheduled regional events build OWASP. This scheduling snafu has
> the potential to scale back OWASP, and potentially damage both events.
> thanks,
> Andrew

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