What is ProductCamp?
ProductCamp – also known as PCamp – is a user organized gathering focused on Product Marketing and Product Management topics. PCamp is one of many “unconferences” held throughout the world. Although similar to traditional industry conferences, at ProductCamp there are no “attendees” because everyone participates in some manner. Some participants will present while others will lead a roundtable discussion. Some will contribute simply by sharing their experiences and others by helping with logistics, securing sponsorships, setting up Wi-Fi, etc. PCamp is a self-organizing collaborative event that is rewarding, fun and a totally cool experience!
Why should you go to ProductCamp?
ProductCamp is a great opportunity for you to learn from, teach to, and network with professionals actually managing and marketing products from Atlanta, Georgia and the Southeast!
How many ProductCamps are there?
There are ProductCamps all over the place. The list is continually growing, but as of 2012, ProductCamps have been held in cities including:
- Southern California
- New York
What do I need to bring to PCamp?
All you really need to do is “keep the space between your ears open”. But, there is a great post about getting the most out of a ProductCamp by ProductCamp Austin founder Paul Young:
Where can I find the list of presentations?
There is no set list of presentations. Presenters prepare in advance, but all presentations are selected by the participants at the beginning of PCamp. Each candidate presentation title is listed on the wall. Each presenter gives a 30 second “pitch” and then participants vote for the presentations they want. ProductCamp is an ad-hoc experience. By selecting presentations on-the-fly, the topics are guaranteed to be the most meaningful to participants.
What are the ground rules at ProductCamp?
PCamp Rule - PCamp is open to anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn. So no spectators…only participants
Because ProductCamp is an ad-hoc “unconference” born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.
PCamp Rule – Sharing required.
PCamp is an high-energy event with discussions, demos and interaction from all participants. So, when you come, be prepared to share with other “campers” (participants)! And when you leave, be prepared to share it with the world. Participants must contribute in some way. You can present, do a demo, hold a discussion, or help with a session. Everyone contributes in some way to support the event.
PCamp Rule – Participation is required!
If you want to present, all you need to do is
- Write your topic and your name in a presentation slot on the voting wall at the start of a PCamp.
- Give a 30 second pitch about your topic.
The number of presentations is limited to the time and space allowed within the meeting facility. There are no pre-scheduled presentations. That is, everyone has an equal presenting opportunity. Even first-time “campers” present. But, if you don’t present, at least ask a question.
PCamp Rule – Blatant promotion of specific commercial products are discouraged.
If you are passionate about a specific commercial product or service, hold a DemoCamp session/slot for folks to demonstrate specific commercial products etc. rather than take up whole slots with company pitches. And yes, PCamp sponsors respect this rule, too.
PCamp Rule – We all help get the word out about ProductCamp.
Because PCamp is a collaborative event, we all need to help with communications. So, at a minimum, talk to your peers about ProductCamp. If you blog, do a post about ProductCamp. Make sure your professional contacts …
- Have the link to our website PCampATL.com
- Are members of ProductCamp Atlanta on LinkedIn
- Join ProductCamp Atlanta on Facebook
- Follow #PCampATL on Twitter
- Hear about PCamp from you directly!
PCamp Rule – Just because you have a schedule conflict, doesn’t mean you lose out.
Presenters are responsible for making sure that notes/slides/audio/video of their presentations are published on the web for the benefit of all and those who can’t be present.
Still have questions?
ProductCamp belongs to everyone. Contact us (www.PCampATL.com) if you have any questions or want to participate. ProductCamp is about support as much as it is about information.