Thanks for another great ProductCamp Toronto!

Thanks to everyone who participated in ProductCamp Toronto 2019. It was another successful event with over 200 campers attending 18 sessions and we want to give a shout out to our sponsors and venue host for contributing to the community!

If you presented a session and have slides you want to make available or if you were a note-taker, please send your materials to productcamptoronto@gmail.com and we’ll post them for the archives here.

If you took photos, please contribute them to the Flickr pool.

We’d love your feedback to help us continue to improve your ProductCamp Toronto experience. Please submit the feedback survey Click here.

If you want to contact us directly, email to: productcamptoronto@gmail.com .

We look forward to seeing you at the next ProductCamp Toronto!

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Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow morning!

We’re all set for a great day tomorrow at ProductCamp Toronto 2019!

Don’t forget:

  • Wear comfy shoes and dress for variable temperatures
  • We’ll have coffee and juice but you can also get a coffee on the way in (Starbucks on the ground floor)
  • Bring business cards if you have them
  • Bring a water bottle – there’s a water cooler and fountains to re-hydrate
  • Bring your digital device for tweeting @pctoronto
  • Bring a smile and be ready to have some fun!

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

PS – if you haven’t registered but are curious, please stop by and check it out! Sit in on a session… did we mention that there’s a free lunch?

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Jonathan Savage to Kickoff ProductCamp Toronto 2019

Jonathan Savage, VP Product at Connected (and former SVP Product at theScore) will be kicking off ProductCamp Toronto 2019 this Saturday morning, October 19, 2019.JSavage

Jonathan will talk about Three Principles for Product Impact where he will lay out three principles – the missing, collaboration and appetite for risk that are key to building best in class products.

Registration and the Open Grid start at 9am and we’ll kickoff the sessions with the Welcome at 10am in the Auditorium (7th floor, TRSM at 55 Dundas Street West.)

We have almost 30 session topics lined up and there’s only a few days left for voting!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Your ProductCamp Toronto 2019 Organizing Team

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Countdown to ProductCamp Toronto 2019!

We’re just 7 days away from this year’s event and the buzz is building! Logistics are mostly in place and volunteers are being given assignments. All we need now is YOU!

Here’s what we’d like you to do in the next week:

  1. Make sure your calendar is blocked off for ProductCamp on Saturday, October 19. Registration starts at 9am and the Open Grid will be up so you can start planning your day. We’ll kick things off at 10am with the welcome and keynote (with Jonathan Savage, VP Products at Connected) and then sessions will run from 10:45 – 4:00pm. Did we mention a free lunch and great networking? From 4pm – 5pm there will be a reception, cash bar, awards, draw prizes and more! Details on the location are here.
  2. Consider proposing and leading a session topic
    1. ProductCamp is all about sharing, learning and meeting your peers. One of the best ways to do this and practice your facilitation skills, is to lead a session topic. What are you an expert at? Have you had a recent learning experience that you could share with others? What are you curious about? Do you have a burning question that others might have as well and would share their thoughts and perspectives on it? There’s lots of previous topics and categories to give you ideas.
    2. Its pretty simple. Sessions are 45 – 50 minutes and you lead the session by introducing the topic or telling your story. But try to keep that part to no more than 20 minutes because the real value for everyone is a good discussion. Asking questions, sharing ideas, exploring answers. Your role is to be the facilitator; ask questions to keep the discussion going, try to get everyone engaged and participating. And if you can swing it, wrap up with a brief conclusion about what was learned. Ready to try it out? Go here to submit your proposal for voting. Make sure you read the instructions for session presenters.
    3. If the idea of a full session is too scary, how about trying a 5 minute IGNITE talk? The format is simple:
      1. You have 5 minutes to present your topic
      2. You don’t have to have slides, but if you do, you get 20 slides maximum that will forward automatically to cover the 5 minute time slot. e.g. 20 slides means 15 seconds per slide, 10 slides means 30 seconds per slide etc.
      3. The topic should be related to the ProductCamp themes. i.e. related to product development, startups, product management, marketing, etc.
      4. Go here to submit your proposal for a 5 minute IGNITE session
  3. VOTE! As more session proposals get posted, its important for you to vote. Thats the way ProductCamp prioritizes the topics that get put on the schedule. We can have 6 tracks with 5 sessions times in each so a total of 30 sessions. Plus there are IGNITE talks! So get in there and let everyone know what you are interested in.
    1. To vote you have to go to the session detail and use the “UP” arrow to the left of the description. You can only vote for a session once but you can vote on as many different sessions as you want.
  4. Spread the word! Let your peers know about the event and your participation. Promote it to your connections and network, Tweet about it, etc.
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Need some ideas for Topic Session Proposals?

As you know by now, ProductCamp relies on participants like you to contribute in many ways. One of the most impactful ways is to propose to lead a Session Topic and you can propose one here.

If you need some ideas to get you thinking about what you could share with your peers in the community, check out what was presented at ProductCamp Austin recently.

Check out our archives of past topics here and the guidelines that will help you lead an awesome session!

We have all the tools you need: a master PowerPoint slide file, onsite WIFI, AV support in every breakout room and even coaching from people like Lee and Saeed!

And if it all seems a little more than you’re ready to take on, how about doing a 5 minute IGNITE/ LIGHTNING talk?

Questions? Ideas you want to discuss? Just contact us and we’ll help. productcamptoronto@gmail.com

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5 Tips for Submitting a Session for ProductCamp Toronto

One of the awesome things about ProductCamp Toronto is that anyone, at any skill level can submit a topic. No experience is required. Seriously, that idea you had for a discussion or that process innovation you thought of or that super efficiency that your team created, or even to tell the story of something you brought to market, or whatever! Presenting can raise your profile in the community and help you practice public speaking in a safe space with your peers.
But how do you go about preparing your idea for presentation? Let’s talk about that!

  1. Pick a topic with which you have expertise and make it participatory
    As you narrow down your ideas, lean into concepts with which you have expertise. Participants at product camp are there to learn from each other and will go into your session wanting to hear what you want to say. You may think that people already know what you have to talk about but don’t let that stop you. Beginners and people transitioning into new careers in Product often attend ProductCamps to network and get the lay of the land. That means that your idea (yes that one!) could very well end up being the hit of the show.
    Additionally, we’ve learned over time that people genuinely appreciate sessions where they actively participate and learn by doing. Consider adding a participatory component to your session but definitely leave time in your session for discussion and Q&A.
  2. Prepare your talking points and keep it tight
    Once you know what you want to talk about, start laying out the specific points that speak to your topic and place them in a narrative order that tells a story. Good storytelling is the secret sauce of every good session so spend most of your preparatory time on getting your story right. You won’t have all day. Sessions are typically 45 – 50 minutes so keep your presentation part (some slides are ok) to 20 minutes or less and then use the rest of the time for discussions. Your role is to be the facilitator so prepare a few questions in advance in case you need to prime everyone’s thinking. Keep your presentation part tight and focused and you’ll do great.
  3. Pre-Submit your session
    Sessions that make it into ProductCamp are voted into the limited number of spots by the attendees. Building some hype ahead of time can help ensure that your session makes it in ahead of other sessions. Thus, it is in your interest to pre-submit your session for ProductCamp. Sessions can be submitted here. You can even get votes before the day of the event this way! That can be a big help. Be sure to complete the form so that people know who you are, what to expect from the session, and what format your session will take. Here’s another pro-tip: give your session a catchy title. People won’t have too much to go on when they vote so having a great title can set you apart.
  4. The Day of: Pre-Voting
    The day of ProductCamp try and arrive early. In addition to extra networking time, you can use this time to talk up your topic to people milling about the voting area. Participants will each be handed a small number of voting stickers with which they can vote for sessions that are of interest to them. You are encouraged to let them know about your session and tell them all about it. Plus, you’ll make great introductions for conversations later in the day.
  5. Running Your Session
    Well what do you know, your session got voted in! Exciting times! You’ll be slotted into a time at one point in the day. And with any luck you’ll still get to see all the sessions you had planned to attend. It’s okay to be a bit nervous. Even seasoned presenters feel some jitters when the spotlight goes on. Take a couple deep breaths and jump right in. People are there to hear what you have to say so know that you are in an accepting environment with peers. Remember to speak with a loud and clear voice. If you get a little stuck, the talking points that you prepared before ProductCamp are there to save you. Stick to the script and you’ll do fine.
    So what are you waiting for?
    The time to start thinking about presenting at ProductCamp is now. Looking for a little guidance on what has been done before? We’ve got you covered, friend.
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Save the Date!

ProductCamp Toronto 2019 will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 so save the date in your calendars. The Organizing Team is busy getting things setup and we’ll have registration open soon. Stay tuned for more announcements and spread the word.

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Thanks for another great ProductCamp Toronto!

Thanks to everyone who participated in ProductCamp Toronto 2018. It was another successful event with over 100 campers, 20 session topics proposed, 2 inspiring keynotes and the final session of PowerPoint Karaoke!

If you presented a session and have slides you want to make available or if you were a note-taker, please send your materials to productcamptoronto@gmail.com and we’ll post them for the archives.

If you took photos, please contribute them to the Flickr pool.

Feedback is welcome at productcamptoronto@gmail.com .

We look forward to seeing you at the next ProductCamp Toronto!

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Ready for ProductCamp Toronto 2018

We’re all set for a great day tomorrow at ProductCamp Toronto 2018!

Don’t forget:

  • Wear comfy shoes and dress for summer camp
  • Get a coffee on the way in (Starbucks on the ground floor)
  • Bring business cards if you have them
  • Bring a water bottle – there’s a water cooler and fountains to re-hydrate
  • Bring your digital device for tweeting @pctoronto
  • Bring a smile and be ready to have some fun!

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

PS – if you haven’t registered but are curious, please stop by and check it out! Sit in on a session… did we mention that there’s a free lunch?

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Looking for something fun this weekend?

Join us at ProductCamp Toronto 2018!

There’s only a few days left before ProductCamp Toronto 2018.

When: Saturday, July 14 9am – 4:30pm (Free Lunch!)
Registration opens at 9AM. Welcome and Open Grid start at 10AM

Where: Ted Rogers School of Management (TRS1 – 7th floor) 55 Dundas Street West.

To register, visit: https://productcamptoronto.ca and use your LinkedIn account to sign in. Don’t miss the morning kickoff with Eric Boduch from Pendo as he talks about the Evolution of the Role of Product Management. Alan Armstrong has some “Lessons learned from 3,000 buyer interviews” to share. April Dunford leads off the afternoon (after the free lunch) with a dynamic talk called “Wind at your Back”. Saeed Khan wants to “create the ultimate dashboard” and there’s more!

There’s a great lineup of session topics and there’s still room for more. If you are passionate about something in Product Management, have good stories to share or have a burning question you want to discuss with other product managers and product marketers, now is the time to submit a session topic.

And don’t forget about the 5 minute IGNITE talks. If you want to present a short talk, submit your topic and include the word “IGNITE” in your title. If you want more information, please contact us at productcamptoronto@gmail.com.

Did we mention the FREE LUNCH? We’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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