Product Camp Minnesota Brings High Tech Product Managers Together Again

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By Adrienne Peirce

Thanks to a dedicated group of local organizers, Product Camp returns to Minnesota on November 13th from 9am to 4pm.   Product Camp, or PCamp, is an unconference that brings together product management, product marketing and brand management professionals for intense learning and high powered networking.

Product Camps have been held in cities around the world, including Austin, Seattle, Boston, Berlin, and London.  The first Twin Cities PCamp was held in January of this year at the Mall of America and the success of that inaugural event (just shy of 100 attendees) led to the planning of this November’s  PCamp, which will be held at St. Thomas University’s downtown campus.

Similar in nature to familiar unconferences such as Minnebar & Unsummit, PCamp has a self-organized, attendee-led format. Attendees are expected to participate by giving a talk, facilitating a round table discussion, taking notes in sessions, or even post-event clean-up. Interested individuals that have concern about how they will contribute need not worry; organizer Barry Doctor is confident he can find a role for everyone.

Last winter’s PCamp had several topical presentations, including Productizing web 2.0 solutions for serious industries, Capturing the Voice of the Community, Being Evaluated on P&L when your price is FREE and Maintaining Product Vision in Agile Environments. Minnesota technology companies such as  W3i, Kerei (MileMarker), Plato Learning, VISI and Lawson Software participated through attendance, leading a session, sponsoring the event — or all of the above.

Of course, this years sessions will be chosen on the spot by attendees who will kick off PCamp by pitching, selecting, and scheduling sessions in true unconference spontaneity.  Registration is now open and tickets are free with lunch, snacks and beverages included.

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