Thursday, January 29, 2015

Chapter Leader News Flash #1 January 2015

OWASP Chapters News Flash

Welcome and Introduction

Happy New Year from your new Community Manager!

Here’s to 2015! I am thrilled to join this amazing community and am ready to help you all make the best of your local chapters. I am based in New York City (currently under a lot of snow!) and have attended OWASP chapter meetings since early last year after being introduced to OWASP by a friend. I have to say what a great group of people. Thanks for making me feel so welcome!

I have a long history of formally and informally managing and engaging with online tech communities, from online groups and listservs (yes, pre-www, too) to established professional associations and international working groups. I have a few ideas from my past experiences, but your experiences and ideas are what count the most. While I am getting myself accustomed to the OWASP systems and processes, please feel free to reach out to me.

I’d love to know about your chapter’s interests, activities and plans for 2015, and am hoping to feature some of you in an upcoming issue of the OWASPChapter Leader News Flash.

All the best,
Noreen Whysel

Latest News

In September 2014, the board approved changes to the profit sharing model that allows chapters to keep 90% of profits from local and regional, non-AppSec events beginning in 2015. The approval removed the $5000 cap, meaning that 90% of all funds you raise for local and regional, non-AppSec events are allocated to the chapter account. We are updating the wiki to reflect this change.

Please keep in mind that this applies to special events and conferences. General chapter meetings should be free. Check the Donation Scoreboard for your chapter’s current available funds, and the Chapter Leader Handbook and How to Host a Conference site for more ideas.

Chapter Communication

We are reviewing options for conducting online meetings for chapter and project events. You all should know that we have a GoToMeeting account, but it only has a capacity of 25 persons on a call. Are you finding this sufficient for online sessions? Do you ever reach capacity? Do you use other OWASP channels like this mailing list or OWASP's IRC channels? Are there other services like Google Hangouts, Skype or Facetime that work for you? Any you would recommend or our younger & new chapters just starting out?

If you would like to try out GotoMeeting, OWASP has an account available forchapter leaders (paid by the Foundation and provided for free for the chapters). If you would like to set up a meeting or need the GotoMeeting login credentials, contact us at

2015 Strategic Goals

We recently sent out a broad communication about the 2015 Strategic Goals for OWASP Foundation. If you have not had a chance to fill out the 2015 Strategic Goals survey, please do so. We are leaving the collector open until February 2, so there is still time:


Chapter Leader Handbook: 

How to Host a Conference: 

Donation Scoreboard (what’s in your chapter’s wallet?):

OWASP IRC Channels:

Contact Me

We have a lot in store for 2015, including trainings, updated chapter leaderhandbook, revised branding guidelines and more. Please let us know how I can help you!

Noreen Whysel
Community Manager
OWASP Foundation

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