[Owasp-leaders] Chapter Leader News Flash - January 2015

Noreen Whysel noreen.whysel at owasp.org
Thu Jan 29 21:22:27 UTC 2015

*OWASP Chapters News Flash*

*Welcome and Introduction*

Happy New Year from your new Community Manager!

Here’s to 2015! I am thrilled to join this amazing community and am ready
to help you all make the best of your local chapters. I am based in New
York City (currently under a lot of snow!) and have attended OWASP chapter
meetings since early last year after being introduced to OWASP by a friend.
I have to say what a great group of people. Thanks for making me feel so

I have a long history of formally and informally managing and engaging with
online tech communities, from online groups and listservs (yes, pre-www,
too) to established professional associations and international working
groups. I have a few ideas from my past experiences, but your experiences
and ideas are what count the most. While I am getting myself accustomed to
the OWASP systems and processes, please feel free to reach out to me.

I’d love to know about your chapter’s interests, activities and plans for
2015, and am hoping to feature some of you in an upcoming issue of the
OWASP Chapter Leader News Flash.

All the best,

Noreen Whysel
Community Manager
OWASP Foundation

*Latest News*

In September 2014, the board approved changes to the profit sharing model
that allows chapters to keep 90% of profits from local and regional,
non-AppSec events beginning in 2015. The approval removed the $5000 cap,
meaning that 90% of all funds you raise for local and regional, non-AppSec
events are allocated to the chapter account. We are updating the wiki to
reflect this change.

Please keep in mind that this applies to special events and conferences.
General chapter meetings should be free. Check the Donation Scoreboard for
your chapter’s current available funds, and the Chapter Leader Handbook and
How to Host a Conference site for more ideas.

*Chapter Communication*

We are reviewing options for conducting online meetings for chapter and
project events. You all should know that we have a GoToMeeting account, but
it only has a capacity of 25 persons on a call. Are you finding this
sufficient for online sessions? Do you ever reach capacity? Do you use
other OWASP channels like this mailing list or OWASP's IRC channels? Are
there other services like Google Hangouts, Skype or Facetime that work for
you? Any you would recommend or our younger & new chapters just starting out

If you would like to try out GotoMeeting, OWASP has an account available
for chapter leaders (paid by the Foundation and provided for free for the
chapters). If you would like to set up a meeting or need the GotoMeeting
login credentials, contact us at http://www.tfaforms.com/308703.

*2015 Strategic Goals*

We recently sent out a broad communication about the 2015 Strategic Goals
for OWASP Foundation. If you have not had a chance to fill out the 2015
Strategic Goals survey, please do so. We are leaving the collector open
until February 2, so there is still time:



Chapter Leader Handbook:

How to Host a Conference:

Donation Scoreboard (what’s in your chapter’s wallet?):

OWASP IRC Channels

*Contact Me*

We have a lot in store for 2015, including trainings, updated chapter
leader handbook, revised branding guidelines and more. Please let us know
how I can help you!
Noreen Whysel
Community Manager
OWASP Foundation
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