Hosting a conference

Presented at AppSec USA 2014, Sept. 18, 2014, 3 p.m. (45 minutes)

Whether it is an OWASP Day, a regional events, or an AppSec global conference, event planning can be hard work. This discussion focuses on the Dos, Don'ts, and Lessons Learned of OWASP conference planning.


  • Mark Major - Cybersecurity Engineer - Aerstone
    By day Mark works as a cybersecurity engineer at Aerstone. By nights and weekends he organizes the Boulder OWASP chapter. Mark directs the annual Front Range OWASP Conference (SnowFROC) in Denver, CO. In 2014 he took a break from SnowFROC in order to chair AppSec USA. In these roles, Mark was integral in all areas of planning, including budgeting, venue negotiation, sponsorship, vendor management, catering, speaker and volunteer coordination, scheduling, marketing, and registration. In his free time, Mark brews beer, strums guitar, picks up toys, and reads bedtime stories.


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