What is a ProductCamp?

  • A 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.
  • Since ProductCamp is free to attend and held on a Saturday, it’s a low-risk, low-cost way to expand your knowledge and your network.
  • Although sponsors are the key to making ProductCamp free, they are not a thinly veiled sales event and participants/presenters are strongly discouraged from selling or promoting products/services.

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?Good question.  The agenda is currently open, but we will be starting a dialogue using LinkedIN, so make sure we have your contact details (marketing@ottawapma.org) so you can be part of shaping ProductCamp Ottawa.

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.   There are also ProductCamps in Toronto and Vancouver.

Who comes to this event?

ProductCamps, are attended by  Product Managers, Product Owners, Product Developers, Product Planners/Strategists, Program Managers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, Executives, people from Business Development/Sales, Product Developers, Market Researchers and more.  Basically anyone involved in product Management, as a whole or as a part.

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.   There are also ProductCamps in Toronto and Vancouver.

Who comes to this event?

ProductCamps, are attended by  Product Managers, Product Owners, Product Developers, Product Planners/Strategists, Program Managers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, Executives, people from Business Development/Sales, Product Developers, Market Researchers and more.  Basically anyone involved in product Management, as a whole or as a part.

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?

Good question.  The agenda is currently open, but we will be starting a dialogue using LinkedIN, so make sure we have your contact details (productcamp@ottawapma.org) so you can be part of shaping ProductCamp Ottawa.

Is there food?

There will be coffee and pastries mid morning and afternoon with a boxed lunch.

How much does it cost to attend?

Thanks to the generous support of our 2013 sponsors ProductCamp Ottawa 2013 is ABSOLUTELY FREE!

How should I prepare?

Look out for announcements, register your interest, join our OPMA Linkedin group.  Register early, get engaged in the discussion (OPMA Linkedin group).  Volunteer to lead a session!

Come prepared to participate; talk 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.

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