Monday, February 4, 2013

2014 Call for Global AppSec Conference Proposals


OWASP Leaders -

Are you interested in hosting a Global AppSec Conference for 2014? Now is the time to submit your proposal!

Each year OWASP hosts four international AppSec conferences that are aimed at raising money for the Foundation while fulfilling our mission of improving the security of software through awareness and education. OWASP Global AppSec Conferences include 2 days of pre-conference training, followed by 2 days of conference talks.  For more information about Global AppSec conferences, see the How to Host a conference page (http://www.owasp.org/index.php/How_to_Host_a_Conference).

We are currently soliciting proposals for four Global AppSec conferences in 2014. Conferences will be selected to facilitate one Global AppSec conference in each quarter of the year with conferences held in North America, South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. New for 2014, we will be moving the North American event to Q2!

·  Global AppSec Asia Pacific - Q1 (Applications due by March 1st 2013)
·  Global AppSec North America – Q2 (Applications due by April 1st 2013)
·  Global AppSec Europe - Q3 (Applications due by July 1st 2013)
·  Global AppSec Latin America - Q4 (Applications due by September 1st 2013)

Putting on a Global AppSec conference is a rewarding experience, but also a tremendous amount of work. Having a team of volunteers (or at least a core group of individuals) willing to lead the event planning efforts, with experience with a local or regional event is strongly recommended. 

Some things to consider before sending in an application:

·  First, review the How to Host a conference page (http://www.owasp.org/index.php/How_to_Host_a_Conference).  This page hosts a variety of information about planning an OWASP event, as well as various requirements and policies that have been put in place by the foundation to govern Global AppSec Conferences.
·  Gather a small team together who are interested in working the event.  Trust us, you can’t do it all yourself.
·  Work with your local planning team to acquire some basic information (location, tentative dates, possible venues, costs, theme, etc) about your event.  
·  Prepare a rough budget plan using the OWASP Budget Planning Tool (http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Conference_Budget_Planning_Tool).  We understand that you may not have quotes and good estimates for all of the budget items but please put forward the best information you have.
·  Some events have chosen to put together a short presentation describing the organizing committee, previous conference experience, existing local supporting organizations, local attractions, access to transportation, local culture and more. In general, these are presentations to 'pitch' your city to the committee. Examples of successful presentations http://bit.ly/i9rgA1 andhttp://bit.ly/gsA2wI.
·  Submit your application at https://ocms.owasp.org/

We really appreciate every proposal we receive. Just by submitting an application, you are demonstrating your commitment to OWASP by offering to host one of its best public outreach initiatives.  Please keep in mind that there are many factors that go into selecting Global AppSec Conference locations and not every proposal will be approved. We also realize that this could be very early in your planning process, and therefore challenging for you to provide detailed information, just provide the best available information.
If you have any questions or need assistance with your application, do not hesitate to contact Sarah Baso (sarah.baso@owasp.org) or the Global Conferences Committee (global_conference_committee@lists.owasp.org).

We look forward to your proposals!

1 comment:

OWASPgirl said...

There has also been interested expressed for a Global AppSec Africa in 2014. The date and location have not been determined - but send an email to sarah.baso@owasp.org if you are interested in planning this event or submitting a proposal!