What To Expect As A Speaker At ProductCamp Cincinnati 2018

Thank you for being a part of ProductCamp Cincinnati! ProductCamp is an un-conference that relies on your active participation. Get ready to jump-in on Saturday, September 15th, 2018.

1) WHEN DO I KNOW THAT I’VE BEEN SELECTED TO TALK

You’ve submitted a talk, however, that does not guarantee that you will be talking on Saturday. From 8-9am, the attendees (and yourself) will be given 4 votes and will select the talks they want to hear the most. At 9am we will start counting the votes and around 9:30, we will update the schedule with the speakers and present the schedule during the opening presentation.

The Google Form that you filled out when submitting your talk will be used to present your talk on the speaker wall. You can see what your talk looks like on the Trello board. You can update the form by re-submitting your talk or emailing productcampcincinnati@gmail.com.

2) WHO’S ATTENDING PRODUCTCAMP CINCINNATI?

We have a great mix of over 250 innovators, product managers, marketers, designers, founders, researchers, CxOs, and engineers registered to participate: a diverse crowd from newcos and bigcos alike throughout our region.

3) WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE FOR PRODUCTCAMP?

The agenda is built in real-time Saturday morning through participant voting, but the schedule looks like this:

8:00 am // Show up, check in, vote, grab some coffee, strike up great conversations

9:00 am // We’ll say hi and explain what’s going to happen. We will hear from a few community partners — Product Tank, Cincy Design Week, and Mortar

9:30am // We will hear from our presenting sponsor — Alchemy

10:00 am // Session 1 (each session will have 4 simultaneous talks)

11:00 am // Session 2 (keep your talk to no more than 50min to allow for a changeover)

12:00 am // Lunch and more great conversations

1:30 pm // Session 3

2:30 pm // Session 4

3:30 pm // Happy Hour with March First Brewing

4) WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?

Doors open at 8 am. We recommend checking in earlier than later so you can vote on the speaker talks and grab some fresh coffee, bagels, and donuts. The agenda will officially kick-off in the Pavilion at 9 am. And bring your enthusiasm — I hope you are as excited as we are!

5) HOW DO I GET TO PRODUCTCAMP? WHERE DO I PARK?

The event is hosted at Paycor’s headquarters at 4811 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45212. Ample free parking (for cars, motorcycles, scooters, and bikes) around the building.

6) WHERE SHOULD I GO ONCE I GET TO PRODUCTCAMP?

Walk inside the main entrance and straight to the Check-In table; you’ll receive a name badge (it is important to keep this visible throughout the day), a few supplies for the day (including one of the comfiest t-shirts around — we have 150 available), and directions for the Vote Wall and coffee.

7) WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

ProductCamp Cincinnati is a casual event (it is Saturday, after all)...dress comfortably.

8) WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?

Bring a laptop/tablet/smartphone to see the online schedule (productcampcincinnati.org/schedule), which will be updated to include the speakers once the votes are tallied, jot down important moments, and share your experiences on social media (#pcampcincy). Also your Eventbrite ticket, preferably on your phone. Oh, and you'll likely be meeting lots of new people: bring a few business cards to share!

9) WILL WIFI BE AVAILABLE?

Yes, free WiFi (name = Product_Camp) will be provided throughout the day, thanks to our hosting sponsor, Paycor.

10) I’M WORRIED ABOUT TECH PROBLEMS DURING THE PRESENTATION

Each room is set up with HDMI hookups to TVs. If you do not have an HDMI port on your laptop or tablet, bring one if you have one. We will have various adapters such as VGA to HDMI as backups. In emergencies, you can use a volunteer’s computer that is HDMI compatible to present your talk. We will be in each room before the talk starts helping you get set up.

11) YOU ASKED ME IF I PREFER 25MIN OR 50MIN — WHAT WAS THAT ABOUT?

If we have more than 16 speakers registered to talk, we may combine two speakers back to back in to a room during one of the sessions to increase the amount of speakers that are able to talk. We know that you’ve put a lot of time and preparation into this talk and we want to be able to give as many speakers an opportunity to talk, even if it is a shorter talk than normal.

12) WHAT IF I was not selected to talk?

We'll be asking any speakers that didn't make the ProductCamp agenda to potentially share their session at an upcoming Product Tank meetup (so join that meetup group for updates and to keep the momentum of this great product community).

13) HOW CAN I SHARE MY PRODUCTCAMP EXPERIENCES?

Please tweet, blog, and share your experiences on Saturday and afterwards! Our Twitter handle is @pcampcincinnati and our event hashtag is #pcampcincy. To keep you connected, there will be free WiFi access (Product_Camp) throughout the day thanks to our host and sponsor, Paycor (please be respectful of their space and any weekend warriors who are working).

14) I LIKE TO EAT AND DRINK COFFEE. HOW CAN PRODUCTCAMP CINCINNATI HELP ME?

You'll find fresh coffee in the morning and various lunch options starting at noon. Teas/coffee/water will be available throughout the day and we’ll definitely have some adult beverages on hand at the Happy Hour (provided you are 21 or older).

13) WHAT IF I CAN NO LONGER SPEAK AT PRODUCTCAMP?

If you’re no longer able to speak, please let us know so we do not vote on you! Email productcampcincinnati@gmail.com and let us know as soon as possible.

15) I HAVE A QUESTION THAT IS NOT ANSWERED HERE. WHO CAN I CONTACT?

Please email us at productcampcincinnati@gmail.com for further help or questions!