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Welcome to the OWASP Santa Barbara Chapter!

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OWASP Santa Barbara

Welcome to the Santa Barbara chapter homepage. We're excited to have a dedicated core group of application security professionals and enthusiasts, and we'd love to have you join us. All meetings are free, oriented towards knowledge sharing and practical learning, and of course, having lots of fun!

The first step to becoming involved is to join our mailing list (very low-volume). It's important to join because meetings are planned and discussed on the list, and it's an easy way to stay informed. In addition to the mailing list, we post all of our meetings on our Meetup Group.

The current leader is Walter Martín Villalba, and we're always looking for talented and motivated people to help grow our group.

Click here to join the local chapter mailing list.


OWASP Foundation (Overview Slides) is a professional association of global members and is open to anyone interested in learning more about software security. Local chapters are run independently and guided by the Chapter_Leader_Handbook. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional association your support and sponsorship of any meeting venue and/or refreshments is tax-deductible. Financial contributions should only be made online using the authorized online chapter donation button. To be a SPEAKER at ANY OWASP Chapter in the world simply review the speaker agreement and then contact the local chapter leader with details of what OWASP PROJECT, independent research or related software security topic you would like to present on.


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Upcoming OWASP Meetings

Would you like to speak at an OWASP Santa Barbara Meeting?

Call for Papers (CFP) is NOW OPEN. To speak at upcoming OWASP Santa Barbara meetings please submit your BIO and talk abstract via email to [Martín Villalba]. The talk must be vendor neutral and its content be available under the Creative Common 3.0 license.

Past OWASP Meetings

April 2018 Capture The Flag! -- Organized, Hosted and Sponsored by Invoca.

When: 5pm on Friday, April 27, 2018

Where: Invoca Offices (upstairs) - 1025 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

November 2017 Capture The Flag!

When: 5pm on Friday, Nov 10, 2017

Where: Invoca Offices (upstairs) - 1025 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

May 2017 Capture The Flag!

When: 5pm on Friday, May 5, 2017

Where: Invoca Offices (upstairs) - 1025 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

September 2016 Meeting

When: 6pm on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Where: Invoca Offices (upstairs) - 1025 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

November 2015 Meeting

When: 6pm on Thursday, November 19, 2015

Where: AppFolio (new office): 90 Castilian Drive, Goleta, CA 93117

Speaker/Discussion: Jason Haddix, followed by open discussion

Notes: Parking is available in the (large) AppFolio parking lot, so no need to worry about that. Meeting is inside the building, upstairs.

October 2015 Meeting

When: 6pm on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Where: Invoca Offices (upstairs) - 1025 Chapala Street Santa Barbara, CA 93101

April 2013 Meeting

When: 5pm on Monday, April 22, 2013

Where: PayJunction , 11903 State St, Santa Barbara, CA

Speaker #1: Pentesting iOS Applications by Jason Haddix

Speaker #2: Demo of the Newest Google XSS by Jimmy Mesta?

Our Sponsor: PayJunction!

Upcoming Conferences

AppSec California 2019 - Jan 28-31, 2019 --

Past Conferences

AppSec California 2018 - Jan 28-31, 2018 -- -- Videos

  • Note: OWASP SB did not take part of the 2018 edition of the AppSec California conference.

AppSec California 2017 - Jan 23-25, 2017 -- -- Videos

AppSec California 2016 - Jan 25-27, 2016 -- -- Videos

AppSec California 2015 - Jan 26-28, 2015 -- -- Videos

AppSec California 2014 - Jan 27-28, 2014 -- -- Videos

Support OWASP Santa Barbara

Organizations that wish to support the OWASP SB Chapter with a 100% tax deductible donation enable the OWASP Foundation to continue its mission. Sponsors will be listed both here and on the Meetup site.

Get the following benefits:

- Meet upwards of 80-120 potential new clients.
- Be recognized as a local supporter by posting your company logo on the local chapter page and on our Meetup site.
- Have your marketing write-up included in e-mail blasts sent prior to a monthly meeting. 
- Have a table at local chapter meeting with lots of time to meet and greet attendees 
- Promote your products and services 
- Bring a raffle prize to gather business cards and contact information.

Contact us for general questions relating to sponsorship and donations.

The current chapter leader is Walter Martín Villalba. If you would like to become involved, please reach out to us!

Chapter leadership history:

  • August 2018 - Present: Walter Martín Villalba.
  • 2015 - August 2018: Jimmy Mesta, David Shaw, Jason Haddix.
  • 2012 - 2014: Jimmy Mesta, David Shaw (founders).