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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 Jeff Williams


I never expected to get involved in open source. I didn't even really know very much about it when I donated WebGoat to OWASP back in 2002. I had no idea what would happen. I guess I just thought it would be cool if more people could use it to learn about application security.

Working on the first OWASP Top Ten, I started to realize the power of OWASP's independence, transparency, and openness. I discovered a community of smart, passionate, and commited researchers who believe in the importance of securing the Internet and the software that makes it happen.

Today, OWASP has grown to a worldwide organziation with over 150 chapters and thousands of volunteers. We have produced high quality books, tools, libraries, and more. We have conferences all over the world. And we've done it all because people just like you decided to help figure it out.

But we are just starting up a staggeringly big mountain. We're struggling with the easy problems while the hard problems keep piling up. And so I’m writing today to ask you to protect and sustain OWASP. Together, we can change software market forever. We can make secure code the default and enable fantastic amazing innovations that are difficult to even imagine today.

Each year at this time, we reach out to ask you and others all across the software community to help us ensure an Internet that's safe enough for Mom and kids, finances, defense, healthcare, and science.

If you think the software market needs OWASP as a source of truth and innovation - I hope you’ll choose to act right now.

All the best,

Jeff Williams

P.S. OWASP is about software that's safe enough to trust with your most critical information. It doesn't matter if you are 7 or 70, if you love software, we can use your help.

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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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