[Owasp-leaders] Chapter Event Idea - Social Hour(s)

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Sat Sep 28 00:36:18 UTC 2013

(Chapter) Leaders,

This week we experimented with a new idea in the bay area OWASP chapter - a
social gathering for drinks and networking - no security presentations at
all. I think this idea may work well for other chapters and thought I'd
share for all.

In short, it went really well. We had 60 people RSVP and about 40 people
show up throughout the evening. The event space was donated by the sponsor
company and the company also paid for drinks and light snacks.

For 2 hours we had a solid crowd of bay area security professionals
networking and enjoying the benefits of "hallway con" without the
"conference". Lots of great informal discussions on security and several
people commented how they really enjoyed having this social event in
addition to our normal quarterly presentation meetings.

We're planning to do these events monthly in addition to our normal
quarterly presentation events. Also, several other companies have already
contacted me to offer to be the next sponsor of the event! This will allow
us to rotate around the bay and attract different people based on location
and availability.

For reference, the invite for the event is below. Feel free to ping me if
you have any questions on this idea.

Michael Coates | OWASP | @_mwc

*OWASP Social Hour in Mountain View
*Hosted by Shape Security*

Wednesday 9/25/13
5:30-7:30p Shape Security, 800 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA
~7:30-8:30p Cascal, 400 Castro St, Mountain View, CA


Shape Security Office & later Cascal restaurant bar area
Meet at 800 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA

*The purpose of the OWASP social gathering is:*

   - Informal security chat - the benefits of "hallway con" and security
   talk with others in the industry
   - Networking - meet other people in the field and industry
   - After work drinks - a nice break after a long work day

Note: These events won't have any formal presentations. They're meant to be
social gatherings to meet others in the industry and chat about security.
Check our quarterly OWASP Bay Area schedule for the security presentation

Is your organization interested in hosting an OWASP social hour in the bay
area (San Francisco, South Bay, East Bay)? Contact michael.coates at owasp.org
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