[Owasp-leaders] Reaching developers = cooperative hackathons

Mark Bristow mark.bristow at owasp.org
Sun Sep 5 16:28:01 EDT 2010


This is a great idea John!  Actually just gave me a cool idea for a similar
"developer" based contest that perhaps we can do in DC.

-Mark

On Sun, Sep 5, 2010 at 4:16 PM, dinis cruz <dinis.cruz at owasp.org> wrote:

> Hey John, (as I mention on the chat) don't use the funding as an excuse :)
>
> If you're busy, well ... that's fair enough
>
> But if you can find the time, see you in Irvine :)
>
> Dinis
>
> On 5 Sep 2010, at 21:00, John Wilander <john.wilander at owasp.org> wrote:
>
> Dear OWASP leaders,
>
> At last year's AppSec USA I had several interesting discussions with you on
> OWASP's inability to reach developers. We've been stuck in "Preaching for
> the choir" far too long. The "Bring a developer" at this year's conference
> will hopefully make a difference.
>
> But we can make a difference on a regional level too, especially all of us
> who are chapter leaders! I have really been thinking "What can my chapter do
> to reach out to more developers?"
>
> The solution was cooperation.
>
> This weekend OWASP Sweden successfully held "Community Hack" – a two-day *
> hackathon* – together with the regional FOSS community (FOSS = Free Open
> Source Software). A majority of the attendees were developers. Developers
> who now know about OWASP. Many of them also joined our chapter.
>
> So what's the trick? Well, developers like to *do* things, such as develop
> software. During hackathons you bring your computer and you *do* things.
> You learn new tools, try out new languges and frameworks, develop new
> applications, and investigate the unknown. In other words appsec and foss
> communities have much in common! During a hackathon you can always mix in
> technical talks, demos and discussions. It's the perfect way of reaching
> developers. We did it and it was a blast.
>
> If you'd like to have a Community Hack in your region or country, this is
> what we did:
>
>    1. Make contact with the regional or national open source movement.
>    They're good guys. Try to set up a cooperation for hack.
>    2. Set up a wiki page where attendees can post which projects they're
>    going to work on. This helps to inspire others who want to come but don't
>    have a project yet.
>    3. Get sponsoring for breakfast, soft drinks, snacks etc. It's easy
>    since all the software companies want to sponsor. We had to reject a handful
>    of sponsoring offers!
>    4. Get a venue with office tables and a decent wireless network. We
>    cooperated with academia who provided us with a place free of charge.
>    5. Start the hackathon with a "stand up" where everybody gets to
>    introduce themselves and their project during ~20 seconds.
>    6. Hack away. Have breakout sessions with talks or workshops.
>    Socialize. Tell non-chapter members about OWASP.
>    7. End with a round of summaries or demos of what people have done.
>
> Please let me know if you try this out or if you already are running
> hackathons.
>
>    Kind regards, John
>
>
> PS.  I won't be attending the AppSec US in Irvine :(. Too busy and no
> funding. Hope you all have a great time!  DS.
>
> PPS.  Swedish blog entry with pictures from the Community Hack: <http://owaspsweden.blogspot.com/2010/09/cmtyhack-ii-ar-over.html>
> http://owaspsweden.blogspot.com/2010/09/cmtyhack-ii-ar-over.html .  DS.
>
> --
> John Wilander
> Chapter leader OWASP Sweden, <http://owaspsweden.blogspot.com>
> http://owaspsweden.blogspot.com
> Conference chair OWASP AppSec Research 2010, <http://owasp.se>
> http://owasp.se
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Mark Bristow

OWASP Global Conferences Committee Chair - http://is.gd/5MTvF
AppSec DC 2010 Organizer - https://www.appsecdc.org
OWASP DC Chapter Co-Chair - http://is.gd/5MTwu
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