[Owasp-leaders] Measuring Intent and Funding Things

Dinis Cruz dinis.cruz at owasp.org
Thu Mar 20 14:07:39 UTC 2014

I think having those professional materials are super important for OWASP
and I also tend to have the OpenSAMM printed book at hand since it one of
most professional ones we have :)

So yes, Yvan you are spot on (from my point of view) on your analysis and
OWASP should be helping to pay for those materials (specially since they
are an investment into the OWASP brand, and who knows how many new members
and conference attendees we would get from the recipients of
those materials)

My view is that we should be using some of the OWASP funds (currently
available) to pay for this type of materials (so that our leaders can
distribute it). I'm still waiting for the idea of '*OWASP Projects Funds
bucket*' or '*OWASP Chapters Funds bucket'* so that us (the OWASP leaders)
can 'just get on with it' and distribute the great stuff that is created at

Basically Yvan should be able to quickly order the materials he mentions
below (all from a global fund that is available to all OWASP leaders).

That is what I tried to do with the OWASP GSD
as you can see on https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_GSD_Project that
money has been put to good use (Yvan I think there is still some in there,
so feel free to use it).

BTW.. and if we can't get the 'OWASP Projects Funds bucket' setup in the
next months, *what about topping up the GSD projects fund?*


On 20 March 2014 12:22, Yvan Boily <yvanboily at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> leader.
> 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?
> Cheers,
> Yvan
> [1] omg drama talking about crowdfunding in some other communities I am
> involved with (gaming, local activism, etc)
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