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WASPY Awards 2013

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Web Application Security People of the Year Awards 2013


Anyone in the Community


WASPY Awards 2013


Call for nominees


May 7 – Call for nominees

August 16 – Call for nominees closes

August 19 – Announcement of nominees per category

September 6 – Deadline for bio and profile picture to be submitted

September 30 – Paid member deadline Not sure if you are a current member? Member Directory

October 14 – October 25 – Voting process (will be included on the election ballot)

October 29 – Announcement of winners in Special Edition connector & recognition at AppSecUSA 2013


Every year a group of individuals including researchers, developers, security professionals and others work to ensure the security of web applications. Some of these individuals are featured in news stories or at conferences as recognized experts. But there are many other ‘unsung heroes’ that work every day to improve web application security and yet are rarely recognized.


  • Best Chapter Leader
Name Chapter Citation
Paul Scott Houston "Paul has taken the Houston chapter from non-existent to one of the best I've seen. Every month something is going on, whether it's a "mini-con", a hands-on workshop, or a happy hour. He is very organized and enthusiastic. This leads to having sponsors, which helps encourage attendance. I'm a former OWASP chapter leader in Kansas City and have attended OWASP chapter meetings in Houston, Denver, New York, and London."|
Jonathan Marcil Montreal "Jonathan has been really active since he has been elected as the new chapter leader in Montreal. He has been able to reach a lot of developpers that had no idea what was OWASP by simply going in event and talking to them one-o-one.

He's really dedicated to OWASP and his chapter, he spend at least 20 to 25 hours a week organizing, he also attended BlackHat and sat at the official OWASP booth to distribute and inform people about the wonderful organization that OWASP is.

I've never seen a chapter leader active like him, he definately deserve an award."|

Abbas Naderi Iran Abbas Naderi, Chapter Leader in Iran is one of the most helpful person I know. I choose him above all others because of his dedication towards pulling forward the entire security community. He demonstrated this act when he agreed to help me in Google Summer of Code Project even when he knew that he was not going to gain money or knowledge out of this. He helped my project just because he wanted everyone in security community to move forward. While working with him, I realized the vast amount of knowledge he possesses. His ideas and his dedication inspires me and I am proud to say that I have set my goal to be like him one day.|
John Wilander Sweden John has shown that he is one of the best chapter leaders of OWASP. He recently stepped down, but I believe he should be given the award regardless. |
Jack Mannino Sweden Jack Mannino has brought top-notch speakers from Jim Manico, to Dan Cornell, and the Twitter appsec team as well as secured an amazing spot with LivingSocial for our meetings. Jack is fostering not only interested speaking events but hackathons and code projects. He is definitely going above and beyond. Most importantly, this chapter is consistent and 100% vendor neutral! Under his leadership, things are already on the right path and headed for even greater destinations.

Lastly, Jack is one of the leaders of the OWASP Mobile project as well the sole developer for the OWASP project GoatDroid.

If anyone deserves my nomination, it's him!|

Tin Zaw, Richard Greenberg, Kelly FitzGerald, Stuart Schwartz, Edward Bonver Los Angeles Tin was the leader of OWASP for the last several years. During his tenure, Tin created a formal board, solidified partnerships with ISSA, SCALE, B-Sides, .Net users groups and CSA, helped other nearby chapters and, took a leading role in the organization of the 2010 Global OWASP AppSec conference in Irvine, presented in several OWASP conferences e chapters and served as a chair in Global Chapter Committees.

Under Tin's leadership, the chapter grew from an average attendance of ~20-30 security enthusiasts to ~60-100+ in every meetings. OWASP LA conducted meetings religiously every month and the board goes out of their way to screen and invite excellent speakers. In addition, the board does an excellent job communicating the meeting agenda on our OWASP wiki and other social networks besides taking care of the meeting logistics (quality free food, sponsorship and more). The quality of the talks is so consistent that even other security organizations in LA (informally) acknowledge that OWASP has the best technical talks about security in town!|

  • Best Project Leader
  • Best Community Supporter – contributor to chapter, project or initiative
  • Best Mission Outreach – grow the OWASP community
  • Best Innovator – willingness to try new ideas


1. Board members can NOT be nominated

2. Paid staff can NOT be nominated

3. Must be a paid member to vote Not sure if you are a current member? Member Directory

4. All nominees will remain anonymous until August 19, 2013

5. Anyone can nominate any individual

6. One person per category may be nominated

Sponsorship Opportunities: Please see our Sponsorship Document

These awards are funded solely by sponsors. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring this years WASPY Awards, please let us know by contacting us

Information about last years WASPY Awards including our winner Helen Gao and our sponsors Qualys and Trustwave can be found here:

2013 Sponsors