Thursday, February 14, 2013

Moving to Global Initiatives Program & Retiring Committee Structure

OWASP has grown significantly over our 10+ years of existence. As we’ve grown the community has adapted and changed in many ways. Nearly five years ago at the first OWASP Summit we created the global committees. This structure created new channels where interested OWASP’ers could help shape and grow the OWASP organization. Over those five years we’ve seen many great results from the committees and many people have contributed countless hours to further OWASP.

As we’ve continued growing it is now time to make another pivot. The committee structure provided many successes but now there is a better structure that will accommodate a growing population of interested OWASP volunteers. 

At this time we are retiring the committee structure and completely moving to the Global Initiatives Program ( The Global Initiatives program will be the new way for any interested individual to find and volunteer to assist with OWASP activities.  The Global Initiatives program is a single place where individuals can post new ideas to rally a team or can look for other activities that are in need of assistance.

This transition will allow for further involvement within OWASP by:
  • Creating smaller, task focused objectives for OWASP’ers to volunteer
  • Minimize barriers and red tape for OWASP’ers
  • Create projects with natural end dates so OWASP’ers aren’t required to make multi-year commitments just to get involved
  • Provides tasks that are short or long term commitments – OWASP’ers can match their availability and desired commitment with the best initiative in need of resources
  • Enables easier recognition for all the great contributions from our OWASP’ers 

The efforts put forth in the committees was truly valued. While the structure may be changing, we encourage and welcome all of the great volunteers from the former committees to continue growing OWASP through the Global Initiatives program.

We’re all excited about this new transition and hope to see many more OWASP’ers contributing and spreading application security.

Want to talk more about the OWASP global initiatives program? Join the monthly call. Next meeting is February 14th

Michael Coates | OWASP | @_mwc

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