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Please help fund the participation of OWASP Leaders and key industry players at the next OWASP Summit

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An appeal from Matt Chalmers

First of all, thank you for visiting the OWASP website. I hope you found what you were looking for and find it to be a valuable resource. Thousands of others already have. Take the OWASP Top 10 for example: the 2010 List has been viewed over 41,000 times since it went online in April. That's over 150 views every day--for a totally free resource created by volunteers. Volunteers who are experts in their fields and want nothing more than to make the Internet better and safer for everyone.

Now consider this: If even half the number of people who viewed the Top 10 donated just a dollar each, OWASP would be able to completely fund the travel expenses of about a dozen such volunteer experts to attend its 2011 Global Summit. Some of them are able to attend through funding from their respective companies, but many need assistance. The Summit isn't a conference, by the way: There are no lectures or training seminars--it's an opportunity to do actual work to further the field of application security. Participants even stay in shared accommodations to collaborate, producing tangible progress towards influencing standards, establishing road maps, and setting the tone for OWASP and application security for the coming years.

OWASP is non-profit. It has already allocated all the financial resources it can to cover Summit attendees' expenses. But there are many more OWASP leaders who still need financial aid. Any amount you or your company/organization can contribute will directly help to make the Summit a success. Every dollar counts, and every additional leader that can attend the Summit because of contributions like yours will help OWASP continue to produce valuable resources like the Top 10 and keep them absolutely free for you to use.

Thank you for believing in OWASP's mission.


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Why Sponsor the Summit Participants

As the face of application threats continues to grow, we need your help. This February, we begin a new era of our mission by convening at the OWASP Global Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Many of our attendees fund their own way in order to spend a week of work, research and talks that will shape the next iteration of tools and deliverables for the global security community to share. As part of this effort, we need your financial support in order to get all of our top leaders present. This personal request is one that asks you to consider any monetary support for mobilizing our global leadership community to convene in less than a month. Please act today and you'll help to support the ongoing efforts of a growing non-profit that has given so much and is ready to give much more through its tools, research, frameworks, and much more.

How Can You Help?

As of January 10, 2011, after having spent much for organizing our global summit, we are still short of our goal. The current shortfall is what separates many of our top leaders/contributors from attending the Summit in February. If you are a company and would like to sponsor a leader, you can make a difference with your pledge today. Funds are used to subsidize their travel to and accommodations at the week-long working session. Our leaders and top contributors selflessly donate their time and Application Security knowledge to provide guides, tools, and other resources that benefit governments and companies all over the world. If you have benefited from the free materials at OWASP, please consider supporting our Summit today!

Here are some of the leaders/contributor that need your support in order to be present at the Summit:

Name and funding requirement

Name Projected Cost
Mateo Martinez
Anurag Agarwal
Talal AlBasha
Vishal Garg
Antonio Fontes
Abraham Kang
Gandhi Aryavalli
Mohd Fazli Azran
Steven van der Baan
Mike Zusman
Raul Siles
Jeremy Long
Ferdinand Vroom TBC
Zaki Akhmad TBC
Konstantinos Papapanagiotou TBC
Chris Schmidt TBC
Vasileios Vlachos TBC
Daniel Brzozowski TBC
Carlos Serrao TBC
Romain Gaucher TBC
Sherif Koussa TBC

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