Wednesday, December 15, 2010

OWASP 2011 Membership

(by Tom Brennan)

Can you believe the OWASP concept is approaching 10 years old?!!

It's those little things like volunteering your time, insight expertise and membership to a professional organization that make the bigger things possible and effect the mission. In growing a community, being taken seriously as a body, having citations from around the world, employees, administrative costs and even having the ability to allocate 50k in funds to put towards a global summit in 2011 is progress.

But no matter how many hours volunteered to it (OWASP), to be recognized as a "member" in 2011 starts with agreement to the principals and donation of $50usd as a member. While everything is free at OWASP this "designation" comes with a privilege that others don't get, that is the ability to support or effect change with a collective consensus of his/her peers and a vote.

Since 2002 I have personally experienced a variety of perspectives:

-Outsider looking for resources

-Individual Member

-Chapter Leader

-Board Member

-Project Leader

-Project Contributor

-Project Reviewer

-Trainer

-Evangelist

-Active Committee Member

-Member of a Supporting Sponsor(s)

In each role the perception of the of OWASP is different at the 2011 summit I hope to unify this important membership topic and I hope you will join us for the discussion. It's worth my $50 bucks per year.

Example

*For persons going to the summit as a example if they have not paid there $50 individual membership fee... Please complete this transaction as a prerequisite. This includes everyone from the board members to the newest member of this mailing list.

Not going to the summit but running a local chapter, do you lead by example with membership?

The current memberlist:

http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p6IFyntQTi7sxa2Xjx191BA

How/where do you join?

http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Membership

FAQ: If my company(5k) or university($0) is a supporter does this make me a member? Answer: No - however some have called it "associated member/lite member" as in associated with the supporting company however note, this has no voting right in the association.

Support the mission, change the world.

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