OWASP Summer of Code 2008

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Subject: OWASP Summit EU Portugal 2008 - booking flights and hotel accommodation.

Dear Summit Participants,

I hope you are well.

Time flies, and, being roundly 35 days to the beginning of our great OWASP EU Summit Portugal 2008, it seems the perfect time to deal with the question of booking flights and hotel accommodation.

As you already know, the event will be held at Hotel Santa Eulália, Algarve, Portugal and (Faro is the nearest airport). Nevertheless, to reach the venue, depending on your place of departure, a few routes and combinations of flights, transfers and trains will be possible.

We have made an agreement with a Travel Agency, Diplomata Tours, to assist you in all this process. We are sure that they will offer you an efficient service. You can take the initiative of contacting them but I have already sent them off your email addresses and instructed them to get in touch with you as soon as possible. Therefore, although I will be here to assist if needed, all details must be sorted out directly trough the Agency channel.

Our agreement with the Agency in terms of flight and transfers costs consists in having prices through them at least as cheap as one can find on-line.

Please, be aware that the final price presented to you by the Agency will include the price of the flight(s) and the cost of the needed transfer.

The established general rule consists in finding and buying for you the cheapest price available in the market for the needed combination of flights and transfers - this price will be sponsored by OWASP up to USD 600 for European attendees and up to USD 1000 for non-European ones.

Nevertheless, of course, the Agency can provide you other solutions, i.e., tickets upgrades and extra services as, for example, rental cars, but, in this case, you must pay for the additional cost.

As said before, if you need a single room because you are traveling with a companion, you can ask for the upgrade by paying roundly more Euros 60/day.

As you have noticed, yes, we have increased the sponsorship in USD 100. We are doing our bit to provide you the best conditions possible to attend the Summit. However, we repeat our previous appeal: if you can convince your company to pay for some or all of your expenses please do so and, on the other flip of the coin, we can advertise its logo at the conference materials. Doing so, you will hep us with having even more sponsored participants.

Regarding the hotel booking, the Agency will take care of that as well. They will book for you having into consideration your flight dates.

In this field, our compromise remains as previously established:

1. With the exceptions below, all accommodation and meal expenses, during all the four days, will be paid.

2. The meals consist of a pre-negotiated menu and just this will be paid.

3. As we are still seeking out for financial sponsorship support, until further notice, none of the dinners will be paid.

4. The accommodation will consist in a place in a shared T 1 (3 people) or T2 (5 people) apartment. Therefore, even though one can choose an individual room, OWASP will pay only for the cost associated with a shared stay.

5. Please note that the nights of 3 and 7 of Nov will be included in the paid accommodation for those of you attending the whole event.

As said before, I will be here if you need further assistance, however, all booking details must be sorted out directly trough the Agency channel - our main contacts there are: - Maria José Madeira (diplo@diplomatatours.pt, phone 00.351.213.558.963), - Nuno Fernandes (nuno.fernandes@diplomatatours.pt, phone 00.351.966.869.085). For now, it is all. I thank the time you have spent to read this long email. Keep up the good work - I am looking forward to seeing you in Portugal!

Many thanks, best regards,
Paulo Coimbra,
OWASP Foundation Project Manager


  • OWASP is now launching the Summer of Code 2008 (SoC 2008), following the previous OWASP Spring of Code 2007 (SpoC 07), in which 21 projects were sponsored with a budget of US$117,500, and the OWASP Autumn of Code 2006 (AoC 06), in which 9 projects were sponsored with a budget of US$20,000.
  • The SoC 2008 is an open sponsorship program were participants/developers are paid to work on OWASP (and web security) related projects.
  • The SoC 2008 is also an opportunity for external individual or company sponsors to challenge the participants/developers to work in areas in which they are willing to invest additional funding.
  • The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a worldwide free and open community focused on improving the security of application software. Our mission is to make application security "visible," so that people and organizations can make informed decisions about application security risks.

Who Can Apply?

  • The only requirement is that the candidate shows the potential to accomplish the project's objectives/deliveries and the commitment to dedicate the time required to complete it in the appropriate period.
  • Current active OWASP Project Contributors (including Project leaders) are encouraged to apply.
  • No member of the OWASP board is allowed to apply for a SoC 2008 sponsorship.
  • There are no any other restrictions on who can apply for a SoC 2008 sponsorship.

How To Participate (To Developers)

  • Ideas to work can be chosen from:
  • To submit a project you have to post it on the OWASP Summer of Code 2008 Applications Page.
    • Please see AoC 06 and SpoC 07 for contents to be included in the Application
    • Note that no sensitive personal details should be posted in that page, i.e., full name, postal address, email, and so on.
  • Once your application is published on the WIKI, send an email to Paulo Coimbra with the following details:
    • Project name;
    • Contact details, i.e., full name, postal address and email.
  • Both Paulo Coimbra and Dinis Cruz can also be contacted for further discussion on issues related to SoC 2008 applications, i.e., project ideas, review of draft applications, etc..


  • 3rd March – SoC 2008 season of code is officially launched. Start date for submitting applications.
  • 25th March - Deadline for project applications.
  • 16th April – Publishing of selected applications and start of SoC 2008 projects.
  • 29th June - Participants to report on project status.
  • 15th September - Project completion. Participants should deliver final project report.
  • The new SoC’s deadline will be the first day of the Summit, that is to say November 4.

Jury and Selection Criteria

  • Jury: OWASP Board Members (Jeff Williams, Dave Wichers, Tom Brennan, Sebastien Deleersnyder and Dinis Cruz).
  • There are two methods to select SoC 2008 projects:
    • By direct majority vote (3 out of 5) by the Jury;
    • By selection rating using the criteria defined below.
      • Each project will receive a rating from 1 to 5 on the following categories by each Jury. The final result will be the total value.
        • On the Project:
          • Complete status - What will be the final Completeness State?
          • Complexity - What is the project Complexity and Size?
          • Member Value - How big is the potential added value to Owasp Members?
          • Brand Value - How big is the potential added value to the Owasp Brand?
        • On the Candidate:
          • Past Work - Value of past contributions to OWASP Projects;
          • Deliverability - Proven capability to deliver;
          • Qualitty of Proposal - Global quality of the proposal submited.

Operational Rules

  • Whenever possible the participant should suggest a SoC 2008 Project Reviewer, which will be responsible for reviewing the project’s deliverables and authorize payments.
  • All and each Project Reviewer suggested by participants has to be confirmed by majority vote of the OWASP Board.
  • Whenever the participants fail to suggest a SoC 2008 Project Reviewer, the OWASP Board, by majority vote, will appoint one. The same will happen whenever the reviewer suggested by the participant does not have the required approval.
  • Each and every project should have its Project Progress page always completely updated with all information regarding the project status.
  • The Project Reviewer will provide his assessment twice for each project, respectively with 50% and 100% claimed completion. The Project Reviewer will deliver his evaluation filling in his Project Reviewer Page.
  • Each new project should obtain Reviewers’ agreement that, at least, a Beta Quality stage was achieved.
  • Each project built on previous work done within OWASP (Existing OWASP Projects) should obtain Reviewers’ agreement that a Release Quality stage was achieved.
  • Projects Final Deliveries will be evaluated by an assigned SoC 2008 Reviewer. However, the Jury will provide final oversight.
  • Payments will be made, via Pay Pal, in two instalments, respectively 50% halfway and 50% on completion of the project.
  • Basically, if you do not deliver you will NOT be paid.

General Rules

  • By taking part on SoC 2008, the participant will authorize OWASP to host and advertise without any limitations his participation and all related contents including proposal and all deliveries.
  • All tools, documentation, or any other materials whatsoever, created by the participants within SoC 2008 context must be released under an Open Source Initiative approved license. However, the participant may mirror development on her/his personal infrastructure at her/his option.
  • Participants and OWASP is free to use the results, including code, of the SoC's 2008 code in any way they choose provided it is not in conflict with the license under which the code was developed.
  • OWASP reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to revoke any, and all, privileges associated with participating in this program, and to take any other action it deems appropriate, for no reason or any reason whatsoever. OWASP reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the program if it is not capable of completion as planned for any reason.
  • Any situation arising not included in the above mentioned set of rules will be decided according to the discretionary judgement of OWASP Board.

SoC 2008 Budget

  • The initial Budget for SoC 2008 will be US$100,000, and it is funded by OWASP.
  • In parallel with the Request for Proposals, OWASP is also doing a membership drive where all membership fees committed during that period will be allocated to SoC 2008 projects (the new members have the option to choose which projects they would like to sponsor).
  • The funds available will be allocated to select projects. However, strong proposals will be accepted by majority vote of the OWASP Board before the final project selection. Remaining budget will be allocated to remaining projects.
  • Note: The referred budget allocation is just a guideline and the final values will be adjusted based on the successful proposals.