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

Sherif Mansour sherif.mansour at owasp.org
Sun Sep 23 17:44:27 UTC 2018

+1 your email was really heart warming. Also do not be afraid to ask for
larger chapters for more funds if needed - either your region or globally.
I am sure they can help, and I think the foundation was thinking of having
for smaller chapters a smaller rainy day funds so even if your specific
chapter dos not have some funds you can still request some.

On Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 5:25 AM OWASP LOS ANGELES <
richard.greenberg at owasp.org> wrote:

> 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
> www.owaspla.org
> President, ISSA Los Angeles www.issala.org
> ISSA Honor Roll and Fellow
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> On Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 2:24 PM Takaharu Ogasa <takaharu.ogasa at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>> 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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