[Owasp-leaders] Free training at major OWASP AppSec conferences

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Tue Mar 25 17:20:02 UTC 2014

I think this is a situation where it is a net positive either way and in
situations like these I'd prefer to leave it to the leaders running the
conference to make the decision as they have first-hand knowledge of
budgets and expectation.  I will say that there is empirical data
supporting free training as we did this at AppSecUSA 2012 in Austin.
There, Jim Manico did a free bootcamp for ~75 people one day and did a
similar paid training with Eoin Keary for 14 attendees the next.  We still
managed to raise almost $100k in revenue off training alone for the event.


On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM, psiinon <psiinon at gmail.com> wrote:

> Leaders,
> There has been a discussion on the AppSec EU 2014 list regarding the pros
> and cons of giving free training at major OWASP AppSec conferences.
> A _very_ quick summary: Free training is a great way to get our message
> across, but can (and it is claimed does) eat into our revenue, which will
> therefore limit what else we can achieve.
> A poll was suggested, but it has been pointed out that this might be
> counterproductive without a more detailed discussion regarding the full
> impact this sort of free training could have.
> I can understand that, but I would really like to hear the communities
> views on this.
> I hope thats not too biased an introduction (I'm sure my views will become
> apparent soon;) and that it is enough to get the discussion started...
> Cheers,
> Simon
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