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

Takaharu Ogasa takaharu.ogasa at owasp.org
Thu Sep 27 13:28:17 UTC 2018


Thank you:) I will ask for help whenever I need.
All I hope is all the OWASP people to spend good time with the OWASP

On Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 2:44 AM Sherif Mansour <sherif.mansour at owasp.org>

> +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
>> LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/richardagreenberg
>> (424) 307-4440
>> 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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