BarCamp is an international network of user-generated conferences primarily focused around technology and the web. They are open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants. [BarCamp on Wikipedia]
ProductCamp Berlin follows exactly this “unconference” format: there is no predefined agenda, until you, the participants make the agenda during the first phase of the event.
I want to host a session: what do I need to keep in mind?
1. Types of sessions
With this “unconference” format, there is no predefined structure for the sessions. It can be a short presentation followed by a Q&A and discussion, it can be a moderated chat about a topic, it can be whatever you like it to be. In any case, if you want to host a session, keep reading.
2. Session planning
The morning of the event, all the participants who want to host a session will pitch their topic to all the other participants. Prepare a short pitch for your session, make it interesting and catchy but at the same time make sure the topic is clear to the audience.
We would like to give you a heads-up that the tickets will be available from Saturday, 25th August at 11:00 CET.
(add a reminder to your calendar: Google, .ics)
The registration is ‘first come, first serve’. We highly recommend that you register for the event shortly after the registration opens to secure your attendance, as the tickets are gone within a few hours usually.
ProductCamp Berlin 2018 will take place on September 22nd 2018 (add to calendar: Google, .ics).
Just as a heads up: we will charge 20 Euros registration fee this year, as we still had troubles with a large number of no-shows last year, which is unfair to people on the waiting list to whom we could not issue tickets.
Where has all the money gone?
As you might know, we have been charging 10 Euros entry fee since 2014 (why?). We have always donated the money to charities. So far we have donated 6,000 EUR!
The choice of which charity we gave the money to was drawn in a raffle among all participants of ProductCamp Berlin.
As every year, it will be an event that is made possible by sponsors and volunteers, and will run on a Saturday morning through to the early evening, giving you lots of time to meet, greet, learn and discuss. We will likely gather for drinks and some more casual networking after the day, so keep your evening free as well.
What is ProductCamp?
ProductCamp Berlin is:
Grassroots organisation – Your participation will make or break the event!
On 28th October this year we had our 6th ProductCamp Berlin with nearly 200 participants!
Remember that bunch of questions we asked you during registration? Sorry for that, but hey, here you have the answers put together giving an idea of what the crowd was like (only attendees).
Here is a break-down of the roles that attended this event:
And where you were coming from.. We are thinking on how to bring people from further away moving forward, so that we can exchange more between people that aren’t necessarily part of the product scene in Berlin:
As you might know, we have been charging 10 Euros entry fee since 2014. We have started to do this, because we had a huge no-show-rate at ProductCamp 2013, when only 65% of registered attendees showed up.
We wanted to discourage registrations that lead to now-shows, but still wanted to be not-for-profit by donating all registrations fees to charity. (Learn more about this decision here).
The choice of which charity we gave the money to was drawn in a raffle amongst all participants of ProductCamp. The person who won the raffle could chose the charity.
In total, we have donated 4.452,90 EUR in the last 3 years 6,000 EUR in the last 4 years! Here are the amounts we donated, and who chose which charity: Read more →