[Owasp-leaders] Measuring Intent and Funding Things

Yvan Boily yvanboily at gmail.com
Thu Mar 20 12:22:07 UTC 2014

Hi Leaders,

After seeing Jim's post about Cornucopia and buying a couple of copies of
the nicely produced OpenSAMM documents at AppSecEU last year, I was about
to post a response, but I realized that I had a bigger question.

For BSidesVancouver this year we used crowd-funding and I learned that it
is a powerful way for the community involved with that to signal intent
about priorities when organizing the event.  It worked out really well, and
allowed us to keep our event 100% free for those who couldn't or chose not
to pay to attend.  Since it was super successful, I pretty much drank the
crowd funding kool-aid.   Later this year some gaming (as in playing
dungeons and dragons every sunday night) folks and I will be running a
separate kickstarter to collect funds to print something that we have been
working on as a hobby; we have had a number of people say they would buy a
copy, but using crowdfunding will allow us to figure out how much to spend
on printing stuff and potentially allow us to get a higher volume printed
so we can reduce the unit cost.

In addition to this, I have pitched using crowd-funding to fund the
development of high quality training materials to at least one other OWASP

Has anyone else in the OWASP community investigated using crowd-funding via
Indie Go-Go, Kickstarter, or others to measure intent and make physical
copies of things available?

The reason I ask is:

* I would like a professionally manufactured version of Cornucopia (I am
talking print quality, not anything else).  This is expensive.  Also, I
want about 12 copies, not 1.

* I love the quality of the OpenSAMM guide; I literally carry it around
with me when I am attending security meetups and cons where I might talk
about OWASP because it's production values are simply superb.

* I really wish I could buy (by the case) professional quality printouts of
the OWASP cheat sheets to give devs in my community, and at work.

These things are expensive to produce (both the cost of manufacturing, and
the cost of producing good quality print materials).

Is this something that people are interested in looking at it?  Is it a
viable option?  Are people going to freak out[1] for my suggesting it?


[1] omg drama talking about crowdfunding in some other communities I am
involved with (gaming, local activism, etc)
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