[Owasp-leaders] Moving to Global Initiatives Program & Retiring Committee Structure

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Thu Feb 14 07:55:42 UTC 2013

OWASP has grown significantly over our 10+ years of existence. As we’ve
grown the community has adapted and changed in many ways. Nearly five years
ago at the first OWASP Summit we created the global committees. This
structure created new channels where interested OWASP’ers could help shape
and grow the OWASP organization. Over those five years we’ve seen many
great results from the committees and many people have contributed
countless hours to further OWASP.

As we’ve continued growing it is now time to make another pivot. The
committee structure provided many successes but now there is a better
structure that will accommodate a growing population of interested OWASP

At this time we are retiring the committee structure and completely moving
to the Global Initiatives Program (
The Global Initiatives program will be the new way for any interested
individual to find and volunteer to assist with OWASP activities.  The
Global Initiatives program is a single place where individuals can post new
ideas to rally a team or can look for other activities that are in need of

This transition will allow for further involvement within OWASP by:

* Creating smaller, task focused objectives for OWASP’ers to volunteer
* Minimize barriers and red tape for OWASP’ers
* Create projects with natural end dates so OWASP’ers aren’t required to
make multi-year commitments just to get involved
* Provides tasks that are short or long term commitments – OWASP’ers can
match their availability and desired commitment with the best initiative in
need of resources
* Enables easier recognition for all the great contributions from our

The efforts put forth in the committees was truly valued. While the
structure may be changing, we encourage and welcome all of the great
volunteers from the former committees to continue growing OWASP through the
Global Initiatives program.

We’re all excited about this new transition and hope to see many more
OWASP’ers contributing and spreading application security.

Want to talk more about the OWASP global initiatives program? Join the
monthly call. Next meeting is February 14th.


   - February 14, 2013 10am EST (GMT

   - February 14, 2013 9pm EST (GMT

Michael Coates | OWASP | @_mwc
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