[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Global Chapter Meetings (was OWASP Canada)

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Fri Aug 16 06:47:37 UTC 2013

Sounds very exciting! I'm looking forward to hearing how this progresses!

On Aug 15, 2013 11:36 PM, "Yvan Boily" <yvanboily at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi OWASP Leaders,
> Earlier this month several of the OWASP chapter leads in Canada help an
> OWASP Canada [1] meetup which featured multiple host locations and a single
> speaker that was live streamed, and supported internet based and location
> based audience engagement.
> The experience was broadcast via Google Hangouts On Air and streamed live
> (and archived) on the OWASP Montreal youtube channel[2].
> We thought the experiment was very successful, and although the original
> objective was to create a recurring cross-Canada meeting, we realized that
> was too limited in scope.
> After a couple of discussions Jonathan, myself, and the other Canadian
> chapter leads decided it would be worthwhile to put together a regular
> monthly chapter call.
> This format would provide a regular, streamed opportunity engage the OWASP
> community, host speakers from all over the world, and most importantly,
> enable true global participation.
> The proposed model is a regular meeting with a repeatable structure, that
> occurs on the first Wednesday of every month.  In order to ensure a global
> reach, these meetings will be scheduled to have a different chapter lead
> the meeting each month, and on a monthly basis the chapters will progress
> through time zones covered by OWASP chapters, until next August the meetup
> returns to PDT.
> I realize that OWASP has a webex account and can use that to present to
> audiences, but I feel that the requirements for using Google Hangouts are
> less onerous (browser+flash+plugin, as opposed to browser+java) and
> provide a great deal of flexibility to the partipants, and unless there are
> overwhelming objections, I propose to continue using that platform.
> At this point I would like to invite chapter leads to visit the newly
> created Global Chapter meetup page[3] and review the schedule, and
> volunteer (or nominate) to host the monthly meetup.  From there, the OWASP
> community can help identify speakers, coordinate physical locations for
> meetups where the time zones are compatible, and generally get the ball
> rolling.  Over the next couple of iterations of the chapter meetups we can
> shake out the technical details and document what is required so that by
> the time chapter meetups move out of North American time zones there will
> guides and documentation on how to host and run the meetups.
> In order to facilitate this, I have taken the liberty of setting up a
> Google+ page[4] (and the associated channel).  I can add others managers
> for the page as the project grows.  Please let me know if you have any
> feedback, are interested in participating as a speaker, host chapter,
> online organization, or any other means of getting involved.  There are
> only a couple of weeks left until the September 4th meetup, and while I am
> happy to speak at the event (redoing the talk I will give at AppSecEU next
> week), it would be great to get a speaker who is located in the time zone
> engaged!
> Cheers,
> Yvan Boily & Jonathon Marcil
> [1] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZHp5Ssi67U
> [2] http://www.youtube.com/user/owaspmontreal
> Please note that using OWASP Montreal's YouTube channel is temporary since
> we are looking into making a Global OWASP Channel as another project that
> will mix live events and pre-recorded videos.
> [3] https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Global_Chapter_Meetup
> [4]
> https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/103605471334527511884/dashboard/canvas/managers
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