Projects/Asia Leadership Outreach Proposal 2013

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Description

I propose developing and implementing an OWASP Malaysia and Singapore outreach initiative that will involve a workshop, and the co-running of the Hack in the Box booth by members of both chapters. The project aims to help the Malaysian and Singaporean chapters with booth and brand outreach responsibilities at similar events. The aim is to develop a workshop run by leaders with successful outreach experience, giving primary direction. I am proposing a half day workshop followed by two days of conference participation at the Hack in the Box conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr. Dhillon Kannabhiran, the CEO of Hack in the Box, has kindly agreed to let us have an OWASP booth if we can get the necessary resources needed to move forward with this initiative.


Purpose

I had the fantastic opportunity to meet with Mr. Kannabhiran at the Black Hat EU 2013 conference. We spoke about a possible partnership between OWASP and Hack in the Box. We currently have a booth for the Amsterdam show this year, and we discussed the possibility of having a booth for OWASP at the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia event as well. Dhillon mentioned that he has offered OWASP a booth at the Kuala Lumpur, Hack in the Box event for a few years now. However, the local OWASP chapter volunteers have struggled to represent OWASP at his conference. He let me know that our local chapters required more instruction on how to manage an outreach opportunity for OWASP, and he felt this was mostly due to minimal foundation involvement. Our proposed solution was to develop an OWASP Malaysia and Singapore outreach project that would involve a workshop, and the co-running of the Hack in the Box booth by members of both chapters.


Plan

I propose an outreach plan that will involve a half day workshop on how to run an OWASP outreach program at a partner conference followed by one half day of planning, and two days of running our OWASP booth at the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Hack in the Box conference. I propose to send Martin Knobloch and Jim Manico as representatives for this project. Martin Knobloch is very experienced with similar outreach events, and is the chapter leader of a very successful European based OWASP chapter. Moreover, Martin has worked with Dhillon in the past, and has successfully represented OWASP at the European Hack in the Box event as well. Jim is also a great choice for this project as he will be speaking with the Malaysia Chapter on the first week of April 2013. I feel he is a great choice as he has successfully managed outreach events in a handfull of different countries throughout the globe. Below is a brief outline of the plan.

Outreach and Leadership Workshop

  • Dates: April 1st - 5th 2013
  • Jim Manico will meet with the Malaysia Chapter on the first week of April 2013.
  • We want to take advantage of this opportunity and have Jim spend some time discussing the logistics of planning and running an OWASP outreach opportunity.
  • This will cover the workshop element of this project.

Hack in the Box: Conference Planning

  • Dates: October 15th - 17th 2013

Day 1

  • Conference logistics and planning.

Day 2

  • Full day of setting up and running our OWASP booth at Hack in the Box.

Day 3

  • Full day of setting up and running our OWASP booth at Hack in the Box.


Resources

  • 2 Experienced Leaders with experience running a chapter, and experience with OWASP outreach initiatives. (Nominate Martin Knobloch & Jim Manico)
  • At least 5 volunteers from Singapore Chapter.
  • At least 5 volunteers from Malaysian Chapter.
  • Travel Expenses: For one representative (Martin Knobloch).


Travel Cost Estimate

Airfare

  • $1,200.00 for return flight.

Hotel

  • $378.00 for 3 nights at InterContinental Kuala Lumpur. This is the hotel the conference was held in last year.


We have struggled with outreach initiatives in the Asia Pacific region in the past. I feel this is an excellent opportunity to share our tacit knowledge with other chapters in this region. Moreover, I feel this is an excellent opportunity to learn what these chapter's are struggling with to help us better understand how we can help meet their needs as a global organisation.


Thank you for your time.

Samantha Groves

OWASP Projects Manager