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2023 OWASP New Zealand Day

The 2023 OWASP New Zealand Day conference will be held in Auckland on Thursday and Friday, 7-8 July, 2023. This event is unique among New Zealand security conferences, in that it’s entirely dedicated to application security. AppSec New Zealand Incorporated is, once again, managing the logistics and finances for the event. This year, we have been able to secure a licensing arrangement with the OWASP Foundation, allowing us to return to the event’s traditional “OWASP New Zealand Day” branding.

Due to scheduling conflicts at the University of Auckland, we have been unable to secure our usual venue. In 2022 and 2023, we’ll be hosted at the Auckland University of Technology’s city campus, in the Sir Paul Reeves (WG) Building. The shift to our alternative venue has both increased our costs and reduced the event’s capacity (assuming COVID Alert Level 1) from 1,000 to 750.

We strive to keep the costs for delegates low, and provide financial support for students, unwaged, and members of under-represented groups. Thanks to the continuing generosity of our Premier Sponsors, we have been able to consistently deliver an instructive, high-quality event for the New Zealand community. AppSec New Zealand is strictly not for profit and is a registered New Zealand charity (Charity Number CC59162). Sponsorship funds are used to make the OWAS New Zealand Day conference a compelling and valuable experience for all delegates.

Sponsorship funds collected are used for things such as:

Due to increased service fees and catering charges, the overall budget for this year’s conference is approximately 15% larger than for last year’s event. The rates for our Premier Sponsorship packages have been increased slightly to help defray these increased costs.

Facts

The 2020 OWASP New Zealand Day was supported by 13 premier sponsors and attracted more than 800 delegates. For more information on previous OWASP New Zealand Day events, please visit the OWASP New Zealand Chapter’s website.

Attendance for the first AppSec New Zealand Conference, in February 2021, was a bit lower, with approximately 650 delegates attending in person. 2021 also marked our first experience with live-streaming the event, with approximately 300 live-stream registrations. Considering it was our first event under the new name, our first attempt at hosting a two-day conference - and the event ended just 30 hours before Auckland’s first “snap lockdown” - we consider the event a great success. Those constraints notwithstanding, the AppSec New Zealand Conference was supported by 15 Premier Sponsors, which allowed us to provide travel and training assistance to 33 delegates.

In 2022, we returned to the OWASP New Zealand Day brand. We were able to hold a hybrid conference, in July, after many COVID-related restrictions had been relaxed; despite this, in-person attendance (450) was lower than hoped, while we enjoyed a strong online participation through our live-stream offering. The event was supported by 17 sponsors, and our first ever sponsored LEGO Build was popular with conference attendees.

The activities of AppSec New Zealand, including this conference, are organised to align with and support the educational objectives of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Foundation and its local chapter, OWASP New Zealand (owasp.org.nz). The OWASP New Zealand community is strong, with more than 500 people currently subscribed to the mailing list (sign up).

Those who regularly attend AppSec conferences include IT project managers, IT security managers, IT security consultants, Web application architects and developers, QA managers, QA testers and system administrators.

Throughout its 12 years of operation under the local OWASP chapter, the OWASP New Zealand Day conference attracted more than 90% of its delegates and presenters from within New Zealand. This year, we anticipate pre-registrations for the conference will regain much the ground lost versus pre-COVID numbers, and on-the-day attendance will be 650 or more.

About AppSec New Zealand

The conference is organised and conducted by AppSec New Zealand, a all-volunteer, NZ-based Incorporated Society (Registration #50041020, Charity Number CC59162). The primary purposes of AppSec New Zealand are to:

How to Become a Sponsor

To express interest in supporting the conference as a sponsor, please contact us by email.

Premium Sponsorship Packages

Highlights of Changes for 2023

This year, we’ve made a few slight adjustments to our Premier Sponsorship packages:

LEGO Build and Video Sponsorship

In addition to the tiered sponsorship packages detailed below, we’re continuing this exciting a la carte opportunity: A LEGO Build Sponsorship! Beginning with the 2022 conference, we’ve added a Delegate Lounge, adjacent to the Sponsor Exhibition Area. In the Delegate Lounge, conference participants will be able to take part in group builds of several LEGO sets throughout the conference.

The conference A/V team will capture time-sequenced photos of the build area, and will present a first-cut version of the stop-motion video during the closing session on Friday afternoon. The LEGO Build sponsor will be recognised at the beginning and end of the video, to be published on the OWASP New Zealand Chapter’s YouTube channel and promoted through social media.

In addition, all LEGO sets will be awarded to conference delegates during the prize giving at our closing session. The LEGO Build sponsor will be invited to the stage to draw the names of all LEGO prize winners. All LEGO sets completed during the conference will be included as part of the top LEGO prize; each incomplete/unopened set will be awarded as a separate prize.

The fee for this one-of-a-kind a la carte sponsorship is $5,000, to cover the costs of purchasing the LEGO sets and producing the video. Other associated sponsor benefits are similar to those of a Silver sponsorship.

Premier Sponsor Fees and Benefits

All amounts listed are in New Zealand dollars (NZD), and are exclusive of GST.

  Diamond Platinum Gold Silver Bronze LEGO Build
Enrolment Limit 1 3 8 1
Rate $12,800 $7,800 $5,350 $3,750 $2,350 $5,000
Exhibition Space Fee Incl. Incl. $450 $300 $300 $300
Banner in Conference Lobby (see notes) Yes (2) Yes No No No No
Banner at Side of Stage (see notes) Yes (3) Yes (2) Yes (1) No No No
Banner at Pre-Conference Reception (see notes) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Banner in Delegate Lounge (see notes) No No No No No Yes (2)
Priority Demo Room Access Yes Yes Yes No No No
Company Description on Conference Web Page 400 words 300 words 200 words 150 words 100 words 150 words
Company Spotlight Description on Web Page (see notes) 100 words 100 words 100 words 100 words No 100 words
Pre-Conference Reception Tickets 10 8 6 4 2 4
Exhibitor Passes (see notes) 8 6 4 2 2 2
Free Conference Passes (see notes) 20 15 10 5 5 5
Training Credits (see notes) 16 12 8 4 2 No
Logo on Delegate Badges Yes Yes Yes No No No
Logo on Conference T-Shirts Yes Yes Yes No No No
Logo on Room Signs Yes Yes Yes No No No
Logo on Conference Tote Bags Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Logo on Conference Website Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mention in Pre-Conference Publicity Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recognition during Opening/Closing Sessions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Promotional Items in Conference Tote Bags (see notes) Yes
(up to 5)
Yes
(up to 3)
Yes
(up to 2)
Yes (1) Yes (1) Yes (1)

Exhibition Space

In 2020, the OWASP New Zealand Day team introduced the Sponsor Exhibition Area, with space provided as part of each sponsorship package. Some sponsors, however, didn’t wish to make use of the space provided. For this year’s conference, we’ve made the exhibition space an optional add-on for some sponsorship levels, so those sponsors can decide whether to have a booth.

  Diamond Platinum Gold Silver
Bronze
LEGO Build
Booth Size 30m2 20m2 9m2 6m2
Seating 4 tables
8 chairs
3 tables
6 chairs
2 tables
4 chairs
1 table
2 chairs
Plug Boards 2 2 1 1
Rate Incl. Incl. $450 $300

The diagram below depicts the planned arrangement of exhibition spaces in the WG Building Atrium.

Diagram-Atrium Layout

Unless otherwise requested, each exhibition space will be provided power strips (two (2) each in Diamond and Platinum spaces, one (1) each in others), and all tables will be fully draped. Booths will be configured by the venue team on Wednesday morning, and will be available for sponsor staff to set up after noon on Wednesday (6 July). If desired, sponsors are welcome to staff their booths on Wednesday afternoon, through the close of pre-conference training (5:30 p.m.).

Optional Video Displays:

55” Flat-Panel Displays: The venue’s A/V support team can provide 55” HDMI-compatible displays on fixed stands, for use in sponsor exhibition spaces. The cost is $500 each, which includes use of the display during the main conference (Friday and Saturday), delivery/pick-up, and on-site setup. The Diamond sponsor’s exhibition space can accommodate up to three (3) displays, Platinum Sponsor spaces can accommodate up to two (2) displays, and Gold/Silver/Bronze Sponsor spaces can accommodate one (1).

Video Wall: There is a permanently installed video wall, located above one end of the Sponsor Exhibition Area. The option is available (on a first-in, first-served basis) for one sponsor to reserve the video wall and display recorded content throughout the main conference (Thursday and Friday). The cost for this option is $600.

Notes

Training Credits:

Our Pre-Conference Training is planned to include a mix of half-day, one-day, and two-day classes. Each Premier Sponsor package includes a number of “Training Credits,” and each credit is valid for one half-day of training for one person.

Free Conference Passes:

For 2022, we have introduced a $30 per person registration fee for most delegates, while keeping the event FREE for students and unwaged delegates. For registered delegates, conference t-shirts will again be an optional purchase, at $15 each ($12 for students/unwaged).

Each sponsorship package includes a number of free conference passes (see table above). Each sponsor-supported delegate will also receive free conference t-shirt. Sponsors will be provided a set of single-use Discount Codes, which you are free to use or distribute as you wish, provided they are not resold.

Exhibitor Passes:

Each sponsor requesting an exhibition space (“booth”), including all Diamond and Platinum sponsors, will receive passes for team members who attend the conference to staff their booth. Each Exhibitor Pass includes free registration for the conference, a conference t-shirt, and lunch vouchers for Thursday and Friday.

To claim these free registrations, sponsors must provide the names, email addresses, and t-shirt sizes of those to whom they should be issued, to the conference’s Sponsor Liaison. Please plan to provide delegate information on or before Thursday, 8 June. Sponsor delegates whose information is provided after 8 June cannot be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Sponsor Logos:

Sponsor Banners:

Company Spotlight

Promotional Items:

All amounts listed are in New Zealand dollars (NZD), and are exclusive of GST.