Call for Speakers for Product Camp Boston 2014

ProductCamp Boston is an un-conference.  We don’t preschedule presentations because we encourage our participants to lead the sessions.   If you’ve got at topic that you’d like to run a session on, all you have to do is submit a proposal on UserVoice.  Our audience will vote on the proposals using UserVoice as well.  This is how we decide on sessions, session leaders, session times and session locations.

Got an idea for a session?  Get ready to submit the following information:

▪          Session Title
▪          Description of Session
▪          Session Format (see Frequently Asked Questions below)
▪          Short Bio (around two lines)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What is the session format?

A:  Sessions tend to run about 45-50 minutes. We learned at the previous ProductCamp events that certain types of sessions work better than others. These are guidelines, but feel free to break the mold and bring something new to the table.  Based on feedback from past years we found that participants liked:

  • Interactivity
  • Discussion
  • Use Cases/Real World Examples
  • Whiteboards
  • Roundtables

And, participants disliked:

  • Excessive Slideware (>10 slides is probably pushing it for most sessions!)
  • Pushing questions to the end
  • Anything “Sales-y”

A session set up could be:

  • 2 minute personal introduction
  • 3 minute overview of session
  • 25 minutes presentation
  • 15 minutes discussion/Q & A

Q: How many people will be in my audience?

A: You won’t really know many people will be in your session until the day of ProductCamp.  Typically, sessions range from about 10 to 50 attendees.

Q:  Does everyone who pitches a session get to run a session?

A:  No one who pitches a session at ProductCamp gets a guaranteed slot. But, we certainly try to accommodate everyone who wants to present.

Q:  Do I need to bring a laptop?

A:  If you want to use slides, then you should bring a laptop, but you don’t need to use slides!

Q:  Will I need handouts?

A:  If you would like to hand out materials in your session, you can.  But, you don’t have to.

Q:  How do I vote for a session?

A:  Also vote here for sessions you want to attend. It’s important to know that there may be many proposed sessions spread over many pages. Look through them all before you vote; you only have 6 votes to use, so use them wisely!

Q: Who do I contact if I have more questions?

A: Please send email to ProductCampBoston@GMail.com.

About Carole Gunst
Carole Gunst is a Boston-based marketer specializing in product marketing, content creation, and demand generation. She's worked at Lotus Development (now part of IBM), Dragon Systems (now part of Nuance), idealab! Boston, EMC, and is currently working with CA Technologies in the Security Solutions division. Carole has also taught marketing classes for the Startup Institute and for the Kauffman FastTrac entrepreneur training program.