Global Conferences Committee

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The Global Conferences Committee was created during the OWASP EU Summit in Portugal 2008. The primary purpose of this Global Conferences Committee is: determine location, frequency and to oversee and direct global conferences, speakers and training.

Committee 2010 Plan

Monthly Report Format

Date of last update: 2010-07-10 Updated by: Mark Bristow

Accomplishments for this Month

  • Updates to How to Host a Conference Page
  • Identified additional AppSec EU 2011 proposals due to concerns about Greek economic condition
  • Set AppSec EU 2011 Location - Ireland
  • Set AppSec EU 2012 Location - Greece
  • Events
    • AppSec Research 2010
    • OWASP Mexico Day
    • FROC 2010


Planned for Next Month

  • Solicit new GCC Members
    • Replace Wayne and Dhruv
  • Create new OWASP event intake process
  • Create event Lessons Learned process
  • EU VAT Tax Exempt Status
  • Conference Planning Updates
    • Updates to conference Definitions
    • EasyChair Tutorial
    • Event Checklist


Issues/Risks/Challenges

  • Lack of clear directional authorities for GCC
  • Lack of budgetary targets/authority for GCC
  • Lack of visibility into all OWASP branded events
  • Inconsistent OWASP Foundation representation in countries outside the US and EU
  • AppSec US Budget at risk (low secured sponsorships)
  • AppSec Brazil Training Sessions risk (no proposal has been received yet)


Additional information on How to Host a Conference

Committee meeting minutes can be found on the GCC Google Docs Share

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Deliverables & Tasks(DRAFT)

Below you can find the timeline of tasks, deliverables and objectives the committee has.

Task Deadline Type Status Description Who
Establish standard Guidelines for conference chairs to follow when planning events - "how to host a conference" A.S.A.P (March 14) Wiki Ongoing Update the Wiki "How to host a conference" page to reflect practical instructions for chapter leads and conference coordinators to follow when planning an event. This must include timelines and budget. All (Mark/Budget, Dhruv/sponsorship, Steve/speaker, Wayne/venue)
Budget package March 31 .xls In Process, Alpha Release Create an .xls worksheet for conference planners for budgeting. Budgets for events need to be submitted prior to the foundation approval. Conference Budget Planning Tool Mark
Sponsorship Package March 20 Document In Progress Update and modify the OWASP standard sponsorship offerings. (i.e. sponsorship levels and benefits) This document can be converted to a PDF file to be used by all conference planners to submit to potential sponsors for their event. Document will list benefits of all sponsorship levels to ensure consistance and ease of event planning (tech expo, vendors, etc) Wayne
Speaker Pool March 27 Wiki In Progress Identify conference speakers and develop library or list of availability. Previous speakers will have submitted slides and presentation decks from talks Call for papers and Call for training Steve
Contract Negotiation Guidelines March 27 Wiki In Progress Establish key contract points for conference planners to negotiate when setting up the contract with the venue. This will include food, video, space, security, times, projection, etc) Dhruv
Conference planning tool April 30 Global In Progress Review effectiveness of current conference registration tool (Cvent) and explore options for 2010. Recommend to Board a plan for transition in May Board meeting. Kate with input from all

Resources

Other people who have taken active roles in Global OWASP Conferences in the past

USA: Dave Wichers, Aspect Security

USA: Tom Brennan, OWASP Foundation

USA: Kate Hartmann, OWASP Foundation

USA: Mark Bristow, Securicon

Europe: Sebastien Deleersnyder, Telindus

Europe Refereed Papers Chair: Frank Piessens, KU Leuven

Europe 2010 Sweden: John Wilander, Omegapoint

Israel: Ofer Shezaf, Breach Security

India Co-Chairs: Dhruv Soi, Torrid Networks and Puneet Mehta, SDG Corp

Taiwan: Wayne Huang, Armorize