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OWASP AppSec Seattle 2006

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Conference Location

This year's US OWASP conference will be held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, Washington from October 16th-18th.

Training Day: October 16th

Main Conference: October 17-18

Agenda and Presentations - Oct 17th-18th

The agenda will follow the (current) standard OWASP conference format of two tracks, with opening keynotes and presentations in the main auditorium, split tracks in the middle of the day, and closing presentations back in the main auditorium both days.

The Keynote will be by Michael Howard from Microsoft on "The Benefits of the SDL initiative to Microsoft and its Customers". Mike is a top member of Microsoft's security team and a coauthor of several application security books including Writing Secure Code, 2nd Ed., and 19 Deadly Sins of Software Security.

This conference will include presentations from many different OWASP contributors and leading Application Security professionals, and will include one panel each day.

The current OWASP AppSec Seattle 2006 agenda can be found here.

Training Day: Monday - Oct 16th

OWASP has arranged several Application Security one-day training courses which are offered on October 16th, the day prior to the conference. More information about the first tutorial is available here: The Foundations of Web Application Security. This course provides a great introduction for conference attendees into the fundamental security issues that are highly prevalent in today's Web Applications. The prevalence of such vulnerabilities is why OWASP was formed to raise awareness of and help organizations and individuals eliminate such vulnerabilities from their application code.

OWASP has also arranged for a second one-day training course on Web Services Security. Information on this course is available here: Web Services Security. The movement towards Web Services and Service Oriented architecture (SOA) paradigms requires new security paradigms to deal with new risks posed by these architectures. This session takes a pragmatic approach towards identifying Web Services security risks and selecting and applying countermeasures to the application, code, web servers, databases, application, and identity servers and related software.

A third course is now also available: Advanced Asp.Net Exploits and Countermeasures - In this course, you will push ASP.NET to the limit and will be shown how ASP.NET applications and environments can be exploited by skilled attackers.

Evening Social Event - Oct 17th

At every conference we have an evening social event the first night. This allows participants to have some unstructured time to mingle with the other attendees. They are always fun and typically attract about half the conference attendees. This year's event will be held nearby at Anthony's Pier 66 at 2201 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, which is just a block away on the same pier starting at 6:30. After dinner, many of the participants then wander to the nearest bar/pub and continue sometimes into the wee hours of the morning. In Europe this year some were pretty hard core, staying out till 5 AM. I 'think' the bars in Seattle probably close earlier than that :-)

More information on Anthony's Pier 66 is available here:


The conference is located in downtown Seattle on the Waterfront just four blocks from Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle. OWASP has negotiated some discounted hotel rates in the area:

NOTE: Because of the blocks of rooms we have reserved, it may appear that these hotels are sold out if you check online. If so, PLEASE call them directly and mention you are reserving a room for the OWASP conference. As of September 7th, there were still many rooms available.

Conference Hotel: Warwick Seattle Hotel (3.5 Stars) - OWASP Conference Rate: $144 / night + tax. Ask for the OWASP Group Rate

401 Lenora St (0.3 mi. [~8 blocks] from Bell Harbor Conference Center)

A set of rooms have been blocked off for Sunday through Weds nights (Oct 15, 16, 17, 18). Once they are gone, there's no guarantee that they'll have more so please reserve your rooms early!!

Hotel Description: In the heart of downtown Seattle, The Warwick Seattle Hotel greets you with European luxury and charm. Our 230 newly renovated guestrooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, offering king or double size beds. Also available are 4 penthouse suites with a full living room and Jacuzzi tub. All guestrooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors with magnificent views of the Space Needle or the city skyline. | 401 Lenora St | Seattle WA 98101 | P: 206 443 4300 F: 206 448 1662

Additional Accommodation Options:

Inn at the Market (4 Stars) - OWASP Conference Rate: $155 / night + tax

86 Pine St (0.3 mi. [~8 blocks] from Bell Harbor Conference Center)

For OWASP Conference Reservations:

30 rooms per night have been blocked off for Sunday through Weds nights (Oct 15, 16, 17, 18). These rooms are only reserved until Sept. 27. After that, they will be released for general reservations.

Hotel Description: Seattle's premier small hotel located in the historic Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle! The Inn at the Market, a 70-room boutique hotel overlooks two jewels of the city; the lovely Elliott Bay and the bustling Pike Place Market giving guests an experience they will never forget. An ideal downtown location for Seattle sightseeing, the Inn at the Market is only a few feet away from Seattle's famed Pike Place Market and the stunning waterfront, guests will find themselves in the center of the vibrant downtown Seattle area. Boutique charm and a warm elegance is evident throughout the hotel, from the elegant lobby to the comfortable guestrooms. | 86 Pine Street | Seattle WA 98101 | P: 800-446-4484 | F: 206-448-0631

Mayflower Park Hotel (3.5 stars) - OWASP Conference Rate: $159 / night + tax

405 Olive Way (0.3 miles (~9 blocks) from Bell Harbor Conference Center)

30 rooms per night have been blocked off for Sunday through Wednesday nights (October 15,16,17,18) These rooms are only reserved until Sept. 24. After that, they will be released for general reservations. Book online at:, or by phone at 1-800-426-5100. Be sure to mention the OWASP group rate.

Hotel Description: Built in 1927, the Mayflower Park Hotel has been beautifully restored, retaining the ambiance of a classic European hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, we offer the city’s finest location for shopping, business and recreation. With direct access to Westlake Center from our mezzanine level, guests can shop at the Center’s 80 specialty shops, take the Monorail to the Space Needle, and walk to nearby department stores. The Pike Place Market and the Waterfront are a short walk away. The Mayflower Park Hotel is proud to offer: 171 guest rooms and suites, complimentary high speed wireless internet access, complimentary in-room coffee service and morning newspaper. The Mayflower Park Hotel is a member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. │405 Olive Way │P: 206 632-8700 │F: 206 382-6996

Conference Fees

Standard: $450, OWASP Members: $400, Students: $250, Early Registration Discount (by Sept 21): $50 ($25 for students)

Conference Dinner (Evening of Oct 17th): $50

Conference Tutorial (All day tutorial Oct 16th): $675, Student Fee: $375

Note: To save on processing expenses, all fees paid for the OWASP conference are non-refundable. OWASP can accomodate transfers of registrations from one person to another, if such an adjustment becomes necessary.


From the Bell Harbor Conference Web Site:

To Bell Harbor International Conference Center from north of Seattle on I-5 South:

Take Exit 167 (West Mercer Street/Fairview Avenue)

Turn right onto Fairview Avenue

Take the first left onto Valley Street

Stay left; Valley Street merges into Broad Street

Continue on Broad Street to Elliott Avenue, and turn left

Once you pass the Wall Street intersection, park in the Art Institute of Seattle parking garage on your immediate right

To Bell Harbor International Conference Center from south of Seattle on I-5 North (coming from Sea-Tac Airport):

Take the Madison Street exit (also called Convention Place exit)

Turn left onto Madison Street

Stay on Madison Street until you come to the waterfront

Turn right on Alaskan Way

You will pass Pier 66 on your left; the next street after the sky bridge is Wall Street. Turn right on Wall Street.

Turn right on Elliott Avenue

Park in the Art Institute of Seattle parking garage on your immediate right

Take the sky bridge to the Conference Center, World Trade Center Seattle, and Odyssey, the Maritime Discovery Center

The International Promenade is located in the Cruise Ship Terminal one block north of Bell Harbor on Alaskan Way. To access, follow the directions to Bell Harbor and take the elevator to the ground level.

---Please note the two parking garage entrances, Elliott Avenue and Wall Street---

2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66

Seattle, WA 98121

phone: 206.441.6666

Click here for MapQuest

Click here for PDF Directions

To inquire about rates for the Art Institute of Seattle parking garage, call Republic Parking at 206.443.1793.

Conference Sponsors

OWASP would like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring this conference:

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More information about conference sponsorship is available here.

Dinner Sponsor

OWASP would like to thank Secure Software for sponsoring the evening social event on October 17th.


Facility Sponsor

OWASP would like to thank the University of Washington for helping to organize and facilitate the event.