[Owasp-leaders] OWASP 2011 Summit fund raising initiative

dinis cruz dinis.cruz at owasp.org
Fri Jan 14 14:29:09 EST 2011

OWASP Leaders,

As you probably have noticed (or are about to), we are trying to do at OWASP
what Wikipedia did (see http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Summit_2011/Funding for
a bunch on links on Wikipedia's fund raising initiative)

Below is the email that I sent earlier today to the OWASP Board and that
was swiftly approved.

Although there are a number of objectives with this funding attempt, the
short term objective is to find a way to fund the OWASP Leaders (and key
industry players) that are on this list

*My view is that it would be a tragedy that those
amazing individuals/owasp-contributors are able to commit the time to go to
the Summit, and we are not able to find the funds to support them.*

*My request to you*, OWASP leaders,* is that you write a personal request
yourself, under your own name and with your own personal story about OWASP
(just like Jeff and Jim did).* Here is the template, and if you need help,
ping me directly
http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Summit_2011/Funding/example (once
that is done Kate will be able to put it live)

And btw, if you spot anything that can be improved on the text that is up
there, please let us know (Jeff and Jim pages are blocked)

Note that there is a still a couple tweaks that we need to do to the
top-banner, and if you can help (or have good php skills) please contact
Larry with your availability and ideas. Ideally we should add the
cookie-based 'close' button, that Wikipedia has, or people might get sick of
looking at those banners


Dinis Cruz

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: dinis cruz <dinis.cruz at owasp.org>
Date: 14 January 2011 12:01
Subject: VOTE REQUEST: Summit fund raising initiative almost ready, please
To: OWASP Foundation Board List <owasp-board at lists.owasp.org>


Ok, so now that the Summit is in full swing and we have allocated our first
round of funding for our leaders (in addition to the Active Committee
Members, OWASP board, OWASP Employees, Summit team and leaders sponsored by
their chapter), we are ready to launch a Wikipedia inspired sponsorship

To kickstart this I asked Jeff and Jim to write two 'Personal Requests'
(just like Wikipedia did) and here are their versions:

   - A personal request by Jeff
   - A personal request by Jim

There is also this 'A request by OWASP' which I'm not 100% happy with
http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Summit_2011/Funding/OWASP a and that it will
be rewritten before going live. Others 'personal requests' will also be
added as they are created (and reviewed)

Why should be do this?

   - get additional funds to pay for the other OWASP Leaders and Key
   Industry players that we would still like to take to the Summit
   - maybe (if we get a lot of donations) recoup some of the money OWASP is
   currently investing in the Summit
   - see if OWASP is able to create an independent revenue stream, that is
   100% driven by its community, and is independent from any vendor, company or
   conference (this was one of Wikipedia's core arguments to do this on their

The idea is to put the banner (currently used on the 'personal request
page') on  EVERY page at OWASP, to maximize coverage and impact (this is
what WikiPedia does)

As you can see, time is of the essence, so can we try to get this approved
in the next 24h?


Dinis Cruz
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