An "un-conference" creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity. The term was coined as a way to summarize events stepping outside of the conference norm, with high registration costs, trade-floor areas, and formal presentations and speakers selected far in advance. These carefully curated conferences didn't necessarily resonate with the needs and aspirations of the people actually in attendance. Which takes us to the most important characteristic of an un-conference: the content for the day is crowd-sourced from the local community and selected by those actually in attendance. Those talks can range from the well-researched and prepared to the spur-of-the-moment idea to share with a group.
ProductCamp Cincinnati follows these principles with a low barrier to entry (it's free to attend, with free food and a world-class comfy t-shirt) thanks to our amazing sponsors. The day is focused on intriguing ideas and actionable content, not sales pitches. Finally, our speakers are sourced from passionate product people in our own communities with ideas pitched on our Vote Wall. Every attendee gets to vote on the most exciting ideas to them (you can grab coffee first) and our complex voting algorithm tabulates the results to define the agenda for the day.
If the un-conference style catches your eye, join us for ProductCamp Cincinnati on the last Saturday in September. You can sign up to speak or attend right now!