Tuesday, July 5, 2011

OWASP Gothenburg

(posted by Ulf Larson)

Dear Leaders!

It is my pleasure to announce the birth of OWASP Gothenburg!

OWASP Gothenburg is the second chapter to start in Sweden, some four years after the start of OWASP Sweden. Gothenburg is situated on the west coast of Sweden. Gothenburg has a large port and is also a well known player in the automotive area (Volvo, for example). Furthermore, Gothenburg is home to Chalmers University, a (hopefully) well known education facility with several strong research groups. We also have Liseberg (a large and pretty much awesome amusement park in the center of the city) which is well worth a visit if you happen to pass through.

We (board members, leaders, in total six persons) met for the first time in the beginning of May this year. Discussing, not if, but how, we would go about creating a chapter. We have since had lots of help from John Wilander, Kate Hartmann, and to our great pleasure, Jason Alexander, who heard our twitter call for assistance!

The board and leaders have mixed backgrounds from academia and industry but with the common denominator of application security. The leaders are Jonas Magazinius, Mattias Jidhage, and Ulf Larson. Jonas is a Ph.D. student at Chalmers University, researching on application security, most recently in the context of web mash-ups. Mattias has a master's degree from Chalmers University. He currently works at Omegapoint AB as security specialist/project manager focusing on application security. Ulf has a Ph.D. from Chalmers University. He currently works as a security specialist/systems developer at Adecco IT Konsult.

That's it. It is a pleasure for us to enter the OWASP community, and I hope we meet once or twice in the future!

Best regards

OWASP Gothenburg chapter through Ulf Larson

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