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OWASP New Zealand Day 2023

4 - 7 July 2023

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) City Campus

We are proud to present the 13th OWASP New Zealand Day conference, to be held at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) City Campus on Thursday and Friday, July 6th and 7th, 2023. OWASP New Zealand Day is a two-day conference dedicated to web and application security, with an emphasis on secure architecture and development techniques to help Kiwi developers build more secure applications. The conference is presented by the OWASP New Zealand Chapter and organised by AppSec New Zealand Incorporated.

There will be two presentation streams throughout the conference. The first stream will include introductory talks on application and information security topics, as well as on policy, compliance, and risk management. The second stream will primarily address deeper technical topics. Talks featuring OWASP projects and tools are particularly encouraged, as are talks by members of under-represented communities.

In addition to these principal streams, there will be a third, smaller “stream,” supporting sponsor presentations, demos of OWASP tools, and interest/user group meetings. Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Sponsors will be given priority for time slots in this “stream.” Further details will be published closer to the date, regarding opportunities for other groups to present.

Who is the Conference for?

  • Web Developers
  • Security Professionals and Enthusiasts
  • Program and Project Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Requirements Analysts
  • Software Testers

Conference Live Stream

All three streams of the conference (Track 1, Track 2, and the Sponsor Demos) will be live streamed on the day. Access information for the conference live-stream will be provided to registered delegates, as details are finalised.

Conference Structure

Date: Thursday and Friday, 6-7 July 2023
Time: 9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Thursday; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday

The main conference on Thursday and Friday will have two streams throughout both days:

Stream One:

  • Introductory Topics
  • Program Management, Policy, Compliance, Risk Management

Stream Two:

  • Technical Topics

Throughout the conference, an exhibition area will be open in the main atrium. Representatives from many of our Premier Sponsors will be on hand throughout the event, to answer your questions about their products and services, or to discuss employment opportunities they may have available. There will be door prize drawings at the Closing Session on Friday. To qualify for the drawings, you will need to visit with each exhibiting sponsor during the conference, and have them stamp your entry card.

Registration Fees

Early registration (on or before 18 June):

  • $30, standard registration
  • FREE, for students and unwaged attendees
  • From 19 June, a late registration fee applies to all registrations ($20 Regular, $15 Student/Unwaged)


In addition to the main conference on Thursday and Friday, we are pleased to offer training opportunities on Tuesday and Wednesday (4-5 July 2023), at the same venue.

Training Registration is open until 23 June. Information on the classes offered can be found on our Pre-Conference Training page.

Training Registration Fees

  • Half-day class: $225 per person (online); $250 per person (face-to-face)
  • One-day class: $450 per person (online); $500 per person (face-to-face)
  • Two-day class: $900 per person (online); $1,000 per person (face-to-face)

Group registration discounts (single purchase):

  • 6-10 attendees: 10% off
  • 11-15 attendees: 15% off
  • 16-24 attendees: 20% off
  • 25 or more attendees: 25% off


The OWASP New Zealand Day conference will be happening thanks to the support provided by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), who have kindly agreed to partner with us as the event’s Hosting Sponsor. We are able to keep the costs of attendance low - and offer free registration and travel support to students and unwaged attendees - thanks to the generous support of our sponsors.

For any comments, feedback or observations, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Conference Special Features

Lunch Service - This year, we’re working with the catering team at AUT, to provide an on-site option for lunch each day, at an additional cost. Details are still TBC, and pre-purchase will be required (as part of your conference and/or training registration). Complimentary lunch will be provided to speakers, trainers, and sponsor exhibitors. We are offering this service as a convenience - you are, as always, welcome to explore the area and find lunch on your own.

Delegate Lounge - Throughout the main conference on Thursday and Friday, we’ll have a Delegate Lounge available in Room WA224A. The entrance to the Delegate Lounge is from the Sponsor Exhibition Area. The Delegate Lounge is a great place to catch up with colleagues or add a few pieces to one of the ongoing LEGO Build projects.

Delegate Lounge Hours:

  • Thursday (6 July): 10:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday (7 July): 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LEGO Build - In a corner of the Delegate Lounge, we’ll have a table set up, for conference participants to help out with building a number of LEGO sets throughout the event. The conference A/V team will create a stop-motion video of the builds during the conference, and we’ll view the finished video during the Closing Session on Friday.

As an added bonus, some lucky conference delegate(s) will go home with LEGO sets, as prizes in our Door Prize Draw at the Closing Session of the conference. All sets completed during the conference will be included in the top prize, while each incomplete/unopened set will be drawn as a separate, ‘lesser’ prize.

To be eligible to win LEGO sets, or other door prizes, you’ll need to visit with each of our sponsors and have them stamp your entry card. Drop boxes for completed entry cards will be available at the Conference Information Desks (on Level 3 and in the Sponsor Exhibition area).

The LEGO Build is brought to you by our LEGO Build Sponsor, IriusRisk.

Important Dates

  • Main Conference Dates: 6-7 July 2023
  • Pre-Conference Training Dates: 4-5 July 2023
  • Training Registration Closed: 23 June 2023
  • Last Day to Pre-Order Lunches: 23 June 2023
  • “Early Bird” Conference Registration Ended: 18 June 2023 - From 19 June, there was an additional “Procrastinator Fee” ($20 Regular, $15 Student/Unwaged)
  • Last Day for T-Shirt Purchases: 8 June 2023 - Orders went to the printer the next morning!

  • Conference and Training Registration Opened: 3 April 2023
  • Call for Presentations(CFP) Closed: 28 April 2023
  • Call for Training (CFT) Closed: 28 February 2023
  • CFP and CFT Opened: 26 January 2023

Conference Venue

Sir Paul Reeves Building, Auckland University of Technology

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) City Campus
Buildings WG (Sir Paul Reeves Building) and WA
2 Governor Fitzroy Place, Auckland
Map: Google Maps

Stream One: Level 4
Room: Lecture Theatre WG403

Stream Two: Level 2
Room: Lecture Theatre WA220

Sponsor Demos: Level 4
Room: Case Room WG404

Delegate Lounge: Level 2 Room: WA224A

Sponsor Exhibition Area: Level 2 Atrium and Forum (WG200/201)

Registration and Information Desks: Level 3 Foyer (WG306)

Lunch Service

New for 2023! This year, we’re introducing the option to pre-order lunch service at the venue. For $25.00 (plus GST) per person, you can pre-order lunch each day. To take advantage of this option, add a lunch ticket to your order, for each day you’d like to purchase lunch, when registering for the conference and/or training class.

The conference planning team are still finalising the lunch menu - that information will be added here, when available.

Lunch pre-orders closed on Friday, 23rd June.


There are several hotels and backpacker accommodations near the conference venue. The following information is provided for your convenience, and is based on a Google Maps search for properties near the conference venue. No endorsement or recommendation is implied by a property’s inclusion in this list; likewise, a property’s omission should not be taken amiss.

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