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

Yvan Boily yvanboily at gmail.com
Fri Aug 16 17:35:09 UTC 2013

So far we have NYC in tentatively for October and London in for November.
Next week I will be at AppSecEU if anyone wants to meetup and discuss
taking future meeting dates!

On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 9:20 AM, Yvan Boily <yvanboily at gmail.com> wrote:

> Right now the big thing we need are chapters to sign up.
> For each of the meetings we need a local chapter host (and venue), a
> speaker, and someone to volunteer to work as essentially the production
> manager (managing the video and audio for the hangout, setting what is
> visible, and controlling who has the microphone ).  I would prefer the
> speaker to be at the host venue, but that may not be feasible for each
> location.
> The technical requirements for a host venue are pretty straightforward:
> * a decent quality microphone
> * a good webcam or video camera (preferably high-def)
> * a reliable, high-speed internet connection
> As we get each of those lined up for chapter meetings we can start to do
> promotion work around raising awareness of the upcoming meetings.
> On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 8:09 AM, Kate Hartmann <kate.hartmann at owasp.org>wrote:
>> This is exciting!  How can I help?
>> On Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 5:55 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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>> --
>> Kate Hartmann
>> kate.hartmann at owasp.org
>>  +1 301-275-9403
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