ProductCamp Vancouver 2014 will be Saturday, March 8th!
ProductCamp Vancouver is the premiere event for Product Management, Product Marketing, and Marketing professionals to teach to, learn from, and network with each other. ProductCamp is an un-conference, meaning that it is FREE to you! Your only cost is your participation – bring your ideas, lead a session in your area of expertise, facilitate a round table discussion, network, or volunteer.
Date: Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Time: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Beedie School of Business
500 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 1W6
Driving from Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
From the airport, proceed north along the Arthur Laing Bridge to Granville Street. Head north on Granville Street into downtown Vancouver. After crossing the Granville Street Bridge. Proceed along Granville until Pender. The School is located on the corner of Granville and Pender.
Public parking is available at many locations near the School. Street parking is free after 8 pm. The closest parking lot is at 400 West Cordova Street.
Major public transit lines, the SeaBus, SkyTrain and WestCoast Express terminate at Waterfront Station, located in the historic CP Rail Station on Cordova Street, opposite Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre. Transit schedules can be found at www.translink.bc.ca. The School is also within easy walking distance of all street buses with a terminus in downtown Vancouver.
What is a ProductCamp Vancouver?
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 fourth year there’s been ProductCamp in Vancouver.
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.
What’s the agenda?
Doors open at 8:00AM and we open voting on the sessions at 8:45AM. Votes are counted-up at 9:15am and the session schedule is setup. The first sessions start at 10:00 am. Sessions are 45 minutes long with a 15 minute break in between and a lunch break.
How much does it cost to attend?
Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors ProductCamp Vancouver 2014 will be free!
Is there food?
Light breakfast and coffee, plus full lunch will be provided.
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. To propose, review, or vote on session ideas please visit here: productcampvancouver.org/topics