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
Sat, Feb 20th, 2016
8:00 am ~ 4:30 pm
UBC Robson Square
Downtown Vancouver, BC
Kharis is the CEO and cofounder of HUMAN - a product design studio that focuses on emerging platforms such as wearables, IoT and VR. Kharis has over 18 years of international work in experience design crafting thoughtful products and services, and prior to the creation of HUMAN, worked at Nokia Design as Lead Designer on a multitude of award winning products. Previous work also included projects for companies like Samsung - helping design their first flagship mobile devices, and an interactive hardware/software platform for Nike.
Kharis gave the keynote at Taiwan Design Week in Taipei for 2014, and is a regular speaker at conferences and events focused on the future of design and it's growing effect on success in business.
Kharis is also a startup mentor at the Wearable World accelerator in San Francisco, and advisor to Commandwear Inc and Proxxi Technology Corp based here in Vancouver. He also is a guiding member of the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA) - a non-profit organization dedicated to guiding and growing the industry around virtual reality, and helping build out the community of practice.
ProductCamp Vancouver is an un-conference. Rather than having pre-scheduled speakers, anyone who is interested in leading a session can submit a proposal. Proposed sessions will be voted on by the ProductCamp participants with the most popular sessions getting on the event schedule. Other participants will view what your session is about prior to the event so that they can be prepared to vote when they arrive at ProductCamp on Saturday morning:
Please note that each potential session leader is limited to two session proposals. This is to encourage maximum participation by all interested session leaders. Thanks for you understanding. If you have questions, please send an email to the Content team at firstname.lastname@example.org
To propose a topic, visit: https://productcampvancouver.uservoice.com/forums/75763-sessions
Participants have shared with us they would love to lead a session - if they knew what topic to lead. To get you started, here are some themes to tickle and spur ideas.
Questions to ask yourself:
You can structure a session however you wish, but to help align expectations of the session leader and the participants, we offer the following descriptions of formats that have been well received in previous ProductCamps. It is not necessary to follow these formats, but experience has shown them to be popular and using the label will help match expectations for those who com to a session. In general, the sessions that have been reported as most enjoyed and talked about have been very interactive. This list is is not intended to be limiting, so feel free to be creative.
Workshop – In this format, the audience is actively involved, collectively or in groups, in an exercise or application of a technique or process which has been presented by the session leader. The description should mention the portion of the session spent in the exercise and what the attendees will produce. Proposers are encouraged to have knowledgeable assistants to help answer questions and support the exercise.
Ask the Expert – This format is most successful with a recognized authority on a subject of wide interest, or a direct participant in some particularly interesting event or phenomenon. The expert or a moderator introduces the topic and frames some appropriate discussion and then opens the floor for questions, including those that might be somewhat specific as long as they are applicable to more people than the individual questioner.
Panel Discussion – Popularly seen, this format has several people qualified to talk about the subject of the session, preferably from diverse or even counterpoint perspectives or roles. A moderator facilitates questions from the audience or a series of prepared questions for the panelists, but a significant part of the session is still interactive Q&A with the audience.
Presentation – Having already suggested that this traditional one-directional delivery is less popular among the ProductCamp community, there are some exceptional topics and presenters who can make this work. Session proposers are advised to consider this carefully and be honest in citing this format if it is actually what will be delivered.
Town Hall – The leader presents a short (20-30 minute max) informative topic, open-ended question or premise and opens the floor for expansion, comment, questions and general discussion.
Roundtable Breakout – Similar to Town Hall, except that audience breaks out into small groups and typically shares findings, comments, or team responses with the room at the end of the session.
Here’s what you need to know about the session process:
All topics will be posted on the wall in the central meeting room.
What if I don’t have all the answers? A great session doesn’t have to be a lecture. Some of the best sessions are very interactive, group discussions. You don’t have to have all the answers, as long as you have some good questions and can facilitate a lively discussion.
To propose a topic, visit: ProductCamp Vancouver Sessions forum
All rooms also contain projectors, white boards, flip charts.
If you're interested in volunteering for ProductCamp Vancouver, we would love to hear from you! We have a number of opportunities you can get involved in, especially sponsorship and promotions. Contact John at email@example.com
What participants from past ProductCamp Vancouver say
PRODUCTCAMP VANCOUVER 2015 HIGHLIGHTS
Todd Middlebrook Pragmatic Marketing (Sponsor)
GVP and GM, Business Intelligence at SAP i
Manager, Product Management at Hootsuite Media Inc.
Vice President Professional Services and Enterprise Agile Coach at agile42 (Sponsor)
Director of Utility Product Innovation at EnerNOC
Scott Baldwin Senior Product Manager, Central 1 (Sponsor)
Instructor, Pragmatic Marketing (Sponsor)
VP of Product Management and Product Marketing, McKesson
Senior Product Manager, Kodak
Product Manager, StemCell Technologies
|AM 08:00 ~ 8:45||Registration / Networking / Session Proposals Breakfast Sponsored|
|AM 8:45 ~ AM 9:15||Opening Remarks / Session Voting|
|AM 9:15 ~ AM 10:00||Key Note Speaker|
|AM 10:15 ~ AM 11:00||Breakout Sessions|
|AM 11:15 ~ Noon||Breakout Sessions|
|Noon ~ PM 1:00||Lunch|
|PM 1:00 ~ PM 1:45||Breakout Sessions|
|PM 2:00 ~ PM 2:45||Breakout Sessions|
|PM 3:00 ~ PM 3:45||Breakout Sessions|
|PM 4:00 ~ PM 4:30||Closing Remarks|
|PM 4:30||Post-Event Networking Party (optional)
Product & Service Management Boot Camp April 25- 29, 2016: This five-day program provides managers with strategic frameworks and best practices for analyzing market opportunities and developing products that maximize profitability. This program is designed as a highly interactive experience, using case studies, small group projects and experiential activities. For more information please visit http://www.sauder.ubc.ca/Programs/Executive_Education/Open_Enrollment_Programs/All_Courses/Product_and_Service_Management_Boot_Camp
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