[Owasp-leaders] Try Something New...

David Montero david.montero at owasp.org
Sat Apr 21 09:52:08 UTC 2012

+1 Tony

On Sat, Apr 21, 2012 at 5:57 AM, Tony UcedaVelez <tonyuv at owasp.org> wrote:

> Late reply on this thread, but here it goes. Rapid fire suggestions for
> trying something new are as follows.  I'm sure some are repeats at least
> they'll serve as emphatic points:
> 1. Meetup.com.  If you haven't tried it, its great.  Best part is twofold
> - RSVP ease of use, ease of communication on new updates, and seeing what
> other groups people belong to.
> 2. Use the newly creater Chapter Sponsor Designation - Before there was
> corporate and membership sponshorship choices.  Now companies can sponsor a
> local chapter.Get a lead to focus only on this. Sponsorships truly make a
> break a chapter in my opinion. Sponsorship comes in many forms technology
> contributions, locales, money of course, etc. All makesto enhance the
> monthly events.
> 3. Get technology sponsorships.  We're using WebEx (free of charge by
> Cisco) to stream meetings live. Works great so that your members can stream
> the prezos/ labs/ demos to their home.  Video enabled and best part is that
> its free. Get inroads to a technology vendor so that your members can watch
> remotely, definitely adds interest.
> 4. University Ties - So important to tie in with CS faculty members in
> order to get them to mention the groups role and presence in class, etc.
> 5. Run a lab - At least twice a year (if not more) forego the powerpoints
> and make a lab happen. Get VMs on a local network so that people can get
> their hands dirty.
> 6. As a leader, do at least one prezo a year on an OWASP project or tool.
> It'll help to truly show a dedicated time period on a specific project.
> Even better is to have a dedicated 5-10 minutes on a particular tool/
> project in order to inform the chapter on what's brewing in the land of
> OWASP projects and may even catapult a member to get involved.
> On the note of teaming up with other local associations, all I can say is
> that its always nice to get a fuller audience, it better to get an audience
> that understands and appreciates the content being delivered and are not
> necessarily CPE hunting. For that matter, I for example, have been
> approached for teaming up with various orgs in ATL and I'll say thanks but
> no thanks b/c it will dilute from the level of experience that we have from
> our regular attendees.  If you do merge for a month or, I would do it under
> the context of an open house.  December is a good month to have an InfoSec
> open house and get multiple InfoSec or Dev groups together and understand
> the format and content that is spoken of at various groups.
> Hope this helps.
> Tony UV
> On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 9:26 PM, Justin Searle <justin.searle at owasp.org>wrote:
>> While not new advise, one of the best things you can do for your
>> chapter is schedule the next year worth of meetings in advanced.
>> Choose to do meetings monthly or quarterly and put a calendar on your
>> OWASP chapter page.  This will help people plan for the events and
>> encourage them to share those plans with other.  We avoided doing this
>> in the SLC chapter due to fact that the chapter leaders were traveling
>> consultants and couldn't predict our schedule and would schedule
>> meetings one week in advance on every other month or so.  We finally
>> just committed to finding someone to lead the chapter meeting even if
>> none of the official leaders could attend and scheduled the next year
>> worth of monthly meetings.  Within 2-3 months we doubled our meeting
>> attendance and also found a lot more volunteers to help present at our
>> meetings.  If we don't have a volunteer, we always plan on just having
>> an open hacking night where we just spend some time learning whatever
>> new tools we've been wanting to play with.  Regardless, most of our
>> meetings, with or without a volunteer presenter, are hands-on where we
>> learn more skills.  This also helps drive attendance and distinguishes
>> us from other groups like ISSA.
>> Here is another suggestion, which is somewhat new.  Considering
>> joining forces with other local security groups.  I recently formed a
>> new group "UtahSec" and merged the local SLC OWASP chapter, our local
>> DEFCON 801 chapter, and the local Snort Users Group under that UtahSec
>> title.  We've set up a board with representatives for each group and
>> try to cycle through subjects in our meeting.  This helped make us
>> have one strong local security group instead of three weak security
>> groups.
>> --
>> Justin Searle
>> Managing Partner - UtiliSec
>> 801-784-2052
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> Tony UcedaVelez
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