What is ProductCamp?
ProductCamp is a participant-driven, collaborative conference on topics related to Product Management, Product Strategy, and Product Marketing. All participants should come prepared to present a topic or run a group discussion. On the day of ProductCamp, all attendees cast their votes for sessions and presentations they’d like to attend. Most popular wins – sessions with the most votes will be presented throughout the rest of the day. ProductCamp has its heritage in BarCamp which is an international network of user-generated conferences (or unconferences). They are open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants.
How many ProductCamps are there?
ProductCamp is a worldwide concept. The first ProductCamp was in Sunnyvale California on March 15th, 2008. Since then there have been ProductCamps in Austin, Silicon Valley, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Berlin, and many more. This is the sixth year there’s been a ProductCamp in Seattle.
Who comes to this event?
At previous ProductCamps, we’ve had we had Product Managers, Product Developers, Product Planners/Strategists, Program Managers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, Executives, people from Business Development/Sales, Product Developers, Market Researchers and more.
So the attendees present the sessions?
Yes, and usually the attendees come from far and wide for the opportunity. People who attend ProductCamp not only love product management and all its cousins but tend to be innovators and influencers themselves. They ooze great ideas and look forward to sharing them with others in their industry. These are typically people who have the real world experience to back up what they’ll talk about. It’s also a fun group of people so you’re in for a good time!
Where did this idea originate?
ProductCamp has it’s heritage in BarCamp which Wikipedia describes as an international network of user-generated conferences (or unconferences). They are open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants. Read more on the history here.
Is there food?
Light breakfast and coffee, plus full lunch will be provided. We are also hosting an after-party.
How can I prepare?
Talk about experiences you’ve had in the field of creating and delivering products to market. Do you know something about managing product development teams, identifying new trends in marketing a product, or maybe an innovative pricing strategy? Or maybe you know the fundamentals of gathering competitive intelligence or writing business cases.
Not all sessions are presentations – maybe you have a problem you would like to get solved and want feedback? Perhaps you have a product idea but need help taking it to market? Or maybe you are recruiting and want to find candidates. Anything goes.
Then, Use our session idea toll to propose your idea and get feedback on it.