How to Host an OWASP Projects Event Module

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CONGRATULATIONS! YOU'RE GOING TO HOST AN OWASP PROJECTS EVENT MODULE!

The purpose of these guidelines is to give our conference and event planners a general idea of how to plan, prepare, and deliver an OWASP Projects Event Module at any given OWASP event. While it is almost impossible to cover every aspect of planning, we think we have put together a fairly comprehensive series of recommendations. Planning the event itself is very hard work that takes dedication, great time management, and a great team. It can also be a very rewarding experience for all those involved. The following tabs focus on event modules dedicated to our Open Source OWASP Projects. We have developed different activities that engage our OWASP Project Leaders, and help spread the word on the amazing work done by your fellow community members. These event modules are optional activities that can be added to your conference or event. I recommend familiarising yourself with the different types of modules so you can get a better idea of what our OWASP Project Leaders can offer your attendees. If you have questions about planning the overall conference, we recommend referring to the main conference pages.


Questions?

Contact the OWASP Staff

Event Definitions

All OWASP events will fall into one of the following categories. If you are unsure as to what types of event you would like to plan contact us and for further clarification or to help define the scope of your event. Please also note that various types of events have some requirements set for them, see the policies/requirements tab for details

OWASP Global AppSec Conference

These conferences are the flagship of the OWASP outreach effort. This will be an international conference sponsored by OWASP and approved by the OWASP Staff along with a small group of community event reviewers. AppSec Conferences include multiple days of multi-track plenary sessions in addition to pre-conference training offerings. AppSec Conferences, schedules, and trainings must be reviewed by the OWASP Staff and will receive the full support of the OWASP Foundation. In any calendar year, there will be no more than 4 AppSec Conferences of this size. Locations will be determined the prior year and planning must begin at a minimum of 12 months in advance.


OWASP Regional/Theme Conference

Regional/Theme conferences typically have lower attendance than AppSec conferences and typically include multiple days of single track plenary sessions. Training may or may not be offered at the discretion of the regional conference planning team. Regional conferences are not subject to the same rigor as AppSec conferences in terms of planning and only require the local planning team enter the event into the OWASP Conference Management System for review and approval by OWASP Staff and a small group of community reviewers. Regional conferences are encouraged to have a unique theme (development, Research, PHP, Government, Browsers...) to help differentiate them, although this is not required. Regional teams are free to brand their conference as they wish, as long as the OWASP affiliation is maintained, with the exception of the moniker "OWASP Global AppSec" which is reserved only for Global AppSec conferences.


OWASP Local Event

Events are typically single day or "OWASP Day" type events that are generally local in nature. Events typically have only one track and span anywhere from a half to a full day. Planning for these events are at the sole discretion of the event team and may be branded in any manner so long as the OWASP affiliation is maintained. In general, significant OWASP Foundation support will not be available for these events.


Partner Event

Partner events are events of any type where OWASP partners with another non-profit organization to co-host an event. These events sometimes require close examination as the terms of the partnering agreement need to be reviewed to ensure OWASP integrity and reduce liability. These events also frequently will require both OWASP Staff and community review and may take many forms.


Promotional Event

Promotional Events are where OWASP has paid or in-kind sponsorship in a conference that is hosted by another organization. This sponsorship may take the shape of a booth, hosted competition, lanyards, bags, fliers and other promotional items and may or may not be a strictly financial transaction. These events require additional scrutiny as OWASP has a very limited marketing budget, however it is important for community members to have the support to "get the word out" at other events.


Planning

Each event module requires a different planning timeline, and different planning activities. Some require more volunteer staff to run, while others require minimal planning from the local event planning team. Below is a brief outline of the activities required to successfully plan each event module.

Open Source Showcase

The Open Source Showcase (OSS) requires quite a bit of pre-planning. The local event planners have to allocate a room, or space in a room, to set up tables where each project will be demoed during the conference days. Typically, there are a handful of demos running at the same time in a room for the OSS. The number of demos running during a particular shift depends on the room capacity, and the amount of applicants received during the call for entries. Below is an example of how shifts and demos are typically broken down for the OSS.

Conference Day 1

Shift 1: 9AM - 1PM

  • Demo Project 1
  • Demo Project 2
  • Demo Project 3

Shift 2: 2PM - 6PM

  • Demo Project 4
  • Demo Project 5
  • Demo Project 6

Note: All projects found underneath each shift all demo at the same time on different tables. Local event planners should provide each project a table, a monitor, internet access, cables, and power outlet accessibility.

OWASP Projects Track

The OWASP Project Track (OPT) is an event module that takes the form of a series of talks that is open to OWASP Project Leaders only. It requires less planning than the OSS on the day of, but there are still logistics that need to be taken into account if you are to have this module at your event. The planning for this event starts off with a call for entries as you would with any other talk or training. You must then promote the event module as much as possible to ensure you have quality applicants. Once you have a good amount of applicants from our OWASP Project Leader pool, you can start selecting your participants for the OPT.

The OPT is meant to take place during either one or two conference days. This depends on the organization and availability of your unique event. On the day of the activity, you must ensure that each speaker has an allocated time slot to talk about their project, 2-3 water bottles, and IT support to help with any technical difficulties that may arise during the talk.

OWASP Project Leader Workshop

The OWASP Project Leader Workshop is a one to three hour module that brings Leaders together to discuss project related topics. The amount of time the workshop lasts depends on the requirements of the local event planners. There is a standard workshop that is given by the OWASP Projects Manager, and you are more thank welcome to reach out to her if you would like her to give the workshop at your event. The typical outline of the standard workshop involves a short talk about OWASP Project Operations, a series of activities, and discussion time. Please reach out to Samantha Groves for more information.

OWASP Project Summit

The OWASP Project Summit requires the most planning out of all of the project related event modules. The Project Summit gives project leaders an opportunity to showcase their project, and encourage event attendees to sit down and help work on project milestones. The OWASP Projects selected to participate in the Summit depends on the local event planner's space availability, budget, and project relevance. It is at the local event planner's discretion what OWASP Projects get selected to participate in the Summit.

Planning usually revolves around the coordination of travel arrangements for each OWASP Project Leader selected to participate in the Summit, and allocating a space for them to work without too many distractions during conference days. Local event planners can either use a Call for Entries form, or hand select OWASP Projects to be involved in the Summit. However, it is the responsibility of the local event planners to reach out to project leaders if OWASP Projects are hand selected to participate in this module.

OWASP Staff

The OWASP Staff is available to help with any and all questions you have regarding the planning and execution of your event. OWASP Staff can also help provide historical conference/event information. OWASP Staff must be involved for handling contracts and finances related to your event. Volunteers should not be signing or entering into any contract on behalf of the foundation. Volunteers also should not be collecting funds on behalf of the Foundation without pre-approval from the OWASP Staff.

Contact the OWASP Staff with any questions related to their role in planning your event.

Local Event Planners

The local event planners are the individuals ultimately responsible for the successful planning, implementation, and execution of the event module. As these event activities are optional, the local event planners have to assess whether they have the necessary resources available to successfully plan one of these activities. Local planners can choose to delegate the project management of each activity to a volunteer, but it is ultimately up to them to make sure the event module is executed successfully. Local planners must also make sure that the OWASP brand is represented appropriately.

Event Module Coordinator

The local event planners might choose to appoint a volunteer Event Module Coordinator or an Event Activity Coordinator. These volunteers can be made responsible for the planning of the event module on behalf of the Local Event Planners. The volunteer will be responsible for the end to end project planning and management of the module for the event.

Event Module Volunteers

Event Module Volunteers are individuals made responsible for a particular role on the day of the event. They are to be given roles and responsibilities by the Event Module Coordinator, and are to report to this role with any questions, issues, or concerns. These volunteers are generally not involved in the pre-planning of the event modules.

OWASP Resources

Please remember that the foundation does have personnel who can help with the project event module planning. OWASP Projects Manager, Samantha Groves, is here to help you with any question you may have. While it is important to not over-leverage her time, please do include her in your planning as her insights and experience will be invaluable.


It is absolutely imperative that all content presented in any one of these event modules is both Open Source Project related, and completely vendor neutral. It is absolutely unacceptable to have company sales pitches or commercial product talks as either all or part of any presentation given at one of our project event modules. If a local event planner find that a project event module participate has commercial sales or product pitches during a module activity, that presenter must be asked to stop. If he/she does not comply, then they must be asked to cease their presentation, and a report of the incident must be sent to the OWASP Projects Manager.

To avoid situations like these, we encourage you to ask for a copy of all speaker presentations prior to the event. This will help flag any unacceptable content, and will help minimise any possible violation of foundation policy during the event.


There are many different ways you can promote your event module within and outside of the OWASP community. Promotion initiatives are always at the discretion of the local event planners. We encourage local event planners to seek out marketing channels that are both appropriate, and effective for the country and region of the event location. If you wish to seek promotional assistance from the Foundation, please contact Samantha Groves, OWASP Projects Manager, for more information on how to spread the message on our foundation marketing channels.

As a rule, we recommend you communicate your call for entries, and your intent to host a projects event module on several different social media websites. Below you will find links to different foundation social media accounts. Please reach out to Samantha Groves for more information on how to post your announcements on these sites on behalf of the foundation.