[Owasp-leaders] AppSec EU afterthoughts

Fabio Cerullo fcerullo at owasp.org
Wed May 27 08:54:42 UTC 2015


Hi there,

Last week the OWASP AppSec EU conference was held in gorgeous Amsterdam. I
wanted to highlight the outstanding job done by the team... not only the
event was amazing from start to finish and we set a new record in number of
attendees for Europe (580+ to the conference / 140+ to the trainings) but
also the energy shown by fellow OWASP leaders was truly contagious.

One of the topics covered during the OWASP Chapter Leader workshop, that
was attended by 20+ chapter leaders from all over the world, was on how to
spend chapter funds according to OWASP rules a.k.a. The OWASP Chapter
Handbook

https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:Chapter_Handbook

Here are some ideas:

1) We are thinking on creating an initiative such as Brucon 5x5.
In case you haven't heard about it, I'm attaching an overview of this
program. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzX1KEAVrdrCOHRBck9fZUhkMU0/edit

it is basically an initiative that allocates 5K Euro/USD for 5
security research
projects that could help to build a bridge between security researchers,
students, hackers and professionals in the IT and security industry. You
could run it at a local level among projects in your chapter or you could
extend it to the rest of the world. Ideally, these projects when finished
would then be presented at an OWASP AppSec conference.

If you are interested in supporting this kind of activity, please get in
touch.

2) Support/Adopt an OWASP Project to develop it further. In this case, you
could pick a project and donate funds for translation efforts, write
documentation, implement a new feature, bug fixes, etc. For translation
efforts, you could hire professional translators to get it translated into
any language using our official translation platform Crowdin.

More here: https://crowdin.com/profile/owasp

For bug fixes, we have a platform called Bountysource that you basically
allocate funds to a project of your choice and then developers earn
"bounties" to fix those bugs in the code.

https://www.bountysource.com/teams/owasp-foundation

For new features, on 1st June we are going to launch the OWASP Summer Code
Sprint that allow students to work on OWASP projects during the summer and
get paid a nominal amount (USD1500). The OWASP Foundation is funding 8
students to work on various projects but if you want to purchase a student
slot for a particular project you could do so as well.

https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Summer_Code_Sprint2015

3) Reward an active leader/member of your chapter to attend an OWASP
Conference or Summit. Next AppSec conference:

https://2015.appsecusa.org/c/

4) Organise a Project Summit in your city to bring together academia,
industry and professionals. For example: The very successful OWASP OpenSAMM
Summit has been co-organised/sponsored by the OWASP Belgium & London
chapters plus other industry organisations.

https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_SAMM_Summit_2015

So I would encourage to check your chapter funds below and support these
sort of activities:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/2/d/11acTOmtmBGq6-5CIGsjlEByU8POSGqda0r23VNnhEGQ/pub?hl=en_US&hl=en_US&output=html

Also, if you don't currently have funds in your chapter but want to
organise an activity there are funds available to do so.. please check out
the type of activities below that you could request funding:

https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Funding

Have a great day,

Fabio
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