[Owasp-leaders] Tips for running small chapter with little funds

OWASP LOS ANGELES richard.greenberg at owasp.org
Tue Sep 18 01:23:02 UTC 2018

This is a great email, Takaharu. You are building a realky good environment
and I felt great just reading your words. Well done! Keep innovating.

Richard Greenberg, CISSP
President, OWASP Los Angeles
President, ISSA Los Angeles www.issala.org
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On Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 2:24 PM Takaharu Ogasa <takaharu.ogasa at owasp.org>

> Hi Leaders,
> I think it is good to share what I have been running Sendai chapter.
> Sendai is a small chapter with having monthly meetings with around 20
> attendees, I think it is safe to say we are very active and doing "good and
> old time style";) And we require almost no funds to run so far. (I know
> raising funds are the different story though.)
> - Send a talk by yourself
> At first I sent some free trainig session by myself. It built my knowledge
> quickly and made a good relationship with local guys. Building a good
> relationship locally is really important to keep on going your chapter. And
> does not cost anything at all ;)
> - FInd a good venue
> We are running a chapter meetings at co-working space. The owner is happy
> to provide the space for free. I convinced the owner that we are open
> source community, have meetings and trainings for free, main focus is raise
> local people. More than often, places like co-working space are focusing on
> raising talented people locally. Whatever the case try to find their needs
> and match your focus.
> - Find local community leaders to give a talk
> Find local community leaders from other community. In my case I reached
> out for the local developers community and ask them to talk at my chapter.
> This brings more attendees from their commuinty, they are happy to give us
> a talk for free and don't require any travel cost at all. Let them
> introduce their community at chapter meetings in return. I buy them some
> beer from my pocket but I do for them it anyway:)
> - Find international speakers visiting your country
> Tried to find international speakers, leaders from other country visiting
> your country for business, confrerence etc. through SNS, conference
> schedules etc. Some are very happy to come to your city to give a talk.
> It is a great opportunity to to meet people from outside your country for
> your chapter members. To make a return, I took my car and show them local
> culture, tourist attractions, dinner with local members etc. Tried to show
> something different from other major city in Japan. I and other attendees
> really enjoy the special visitor (One day they took a speaker and Karaoke
> till 4am!). They were the moments I really appreciate being a part of
> global community. In our case, nobody asked us to cover their travel cost
> although I offered them to cover their domestic travel.
> - Ask attendees to bring foods and drinks to share
> When Ade Yoseman from Indonesia came to my chapter and gave us a talk, I
> asked the attendees to bring some local food and drinks to show him our
> local culture. Ade is muslim so I talked with other guys and listed up what
> violate muslims rule. They really enjoyed the process to understnd other
> culture and we had piles of foods (too much indeed!).
> Since that, some guys started to bring foods and drinks(mainly alchohol
> though...) at regular meetings. So I put a table we call "Mitsugimono
> (means tribute) table", everybody put what they brought sharing during and
> after the meetings. My intention was not to minimize expense but came up
> with not spending anything at all.
> -- Have dinner or drinks after the meetings
> When we have a speaker from other city, it is more than likely that their
> employer covers travel. To justify, we go out for a bar with some attendees
> and let them have opportunity to exchange their business cards, talk each
> other personally after the meeting. Apart from that it is really great time
> building good relationships, exchanging knowledes and experiences outside
> talk materials with speakers.
> Thank you for reading this with my rough grammer and hope others enjoy the
> local meetings like we have been doing:-)
> --
> Takaharu Ogasa (@takaharuogasa)
> OWASP Sendai Local Chapter Leader
> OWASP A&D Project Leader
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Sendai
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