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OWASP New Zealand Day 2023

5 - 8 July 2023

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) City Campus

Conference Registration opens 15th February!


We are proud to present the 12th OWASP New Zealand Day conference, to be held at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) City Campus on Thursday and Friday, July 7th and 8th, 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)

Training

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 28 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

General

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, grab a cup of coffee or tea, or add a few pieces to our LEGO Build.

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, a few lucky conference delegates 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.

Volunteer Lounge / Speaker Green Room - Throughout the main conference, speakers and volunteers can visit our restricted-access lounge on Level 3 of the WG Building. There, you’ll be able to monitor the goings-on in both conference tracks, go over (or write) your slides, grab a cup of coffee or a snack, and relax before your moment of glory on our stage. Conference volunteers can use the space to relax, work on various tasks, or have a quiet catch-up.

Important Dates

  • Main Conference Dates: 6-7 July 2023
  • Pre-Conference Training Dates: 4-5 July 2023
  • Training Registration Closes: 27 June 2023
  • “Early Bird” Conference Registration Ends: 18 June 2023 - From 19 June, there’s an additional “Procrastinator Fee” ($20 Regular, $15 Student/Unwaged)
  • Last Day for T-Shirt Purchases: 8 June 2023 - Orders go to the printer the next morning!

  • Conference Registration Opens: 1 March 2023
  • Training Registration Opens: 15 March 2023
  • CFP Closes: 30 April 2023
  • CFP First-Round Notifications: 15 March 2023
  • CFT Closes: 28 February 2023
  • CFP and CFT Opened: 26 January 2023

Conference Venue

Sir Paul Reeves Building, Auckland University of Technology

Location:
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 (Overflow room TBC)

Stream Two: Level 2
Room: Lecture Theatre WA220 (Overflow room TBC)

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)

Accommodations

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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