OWASP Spring Of Code 2007 : Press Release

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For Immediate Release

OWASP Spring Of Code 2007, even bigger than successfull Autumn of Code 2006!

London, United Kingdom, March 11, 2007

The OWASP Spring of Code 2007 (SpoC 007) aims at financially sponsoring contributions to OWASP Projects. SpoC 007 follows up the successfull OWASP Autumn Of Code 2006 in which 9 projects were boosted to the next level.

The objective is to improve the selected OWASP projects to a the level of completeness and professionalism required for its wide use and deployment. To support this second phase we will use funds generated by past conferences and membership fees. We will also ask OWASP members if they want to sponsor specific projects. SPI Dynamics will alloacte their membership fees to the OWASP Site Generator (OSG) project. The Initial Budget will be $100,000 ($91k from OWASP and $9k from SPI Dynamics). Plus any additional funds we get from potential contributors during the coming weeks.

We are also introducing some new stuff such as:

  • 10 'Donations to Open Source projects': 10 donations of $1,000 each
  • a split-up in different size projects (1 Large project at $20,000, 8 Big projects @ $5,000 each, 8 Medium projects @ $2,500 each, 1 internship at $10,000)

OWASP Members get to vote for the top 10 Open Source projects they use regularly and really find useful. The payment would be a no-strings attached "Thanks for the hard work in creating this tool (which is widely used and appreciated in the OWASP community) and please keep working on the next version".

There are no geographical, age or any other form of restrictions of who can apply for an "OWASP Autumn of Code 2006" sponsorship. The only requirement is that the candidate shows the potential to accomplish the project's objectives and the commitment to dedicate the time required to complete it in the allocated time frame (projects must be completed by 29th June 2007).

Prospective candidates should visit the page http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Owasp_Spring_Of_Code_2007 for project ideas, rules and information on how to apply.

Project Schedule:

  1. 11th March – 'OWASP Spring of Code' initiative is officially launched
  2. 23nd March - Deadline for project proposals
  3. 2nd April - Publish of selected projects and start of SpoC projects
  4. 10th May - Participants to report on project status (and receive payment of inital 50%)
  5. 16th May - Update of Project status on OWASP Conference in Italy
  6. 29th June - Project Completion, participants to deliver final project report (and receive payment of final 50%)

  1. 1st April - Start of Vote for the Donations to Open Source Projects
  2. 30th April - End of Vote for the Donations to Open Source Projects
  3. 17th May - Announcement of the winners of the '10 Donations to Open Source projects' on OWASP Conference in Italy

The "OWASP Spring of Code 2007" project leader is Dinis Cruz (based in London, UK) who can be contacted for further details.


The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a 501c3 not-for-profit foundation dedicated to enabling organizations to develop, purchase, and maintain applications that can be trusted. OWASP's open source projects and local chapters produce free, unbiased, open-source documentation and tools. The OWASP community also facilitates conferences, local chapters, papers, presentations, and mailing lists. More information can be found at www.owasp.org.


Dinis Cruz, OWASP Autumn of Code Project Leader,
E-mail: dinis.cruz@owasp.net

Andrew van der Stock, OWASP Executive Director,
E-mail: vanderaj@owasp.org

Jeff Williams, OWASP Chair (Alternative contact for all OWASP matters),