2015 Session Leader FAQ

ProductCamp Boston is an unconference.  If you’ve got at topic that you’d like to run a session on, all you have to do is submit a proposal here.  Later, attendees will vote on the proposals – more to come once voting begins in mid-April.  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 run about 50 minutes. We learned at 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:  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: Who do I contact if I have more questions?

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