Now more than ever Pittsburgh needs a ProductCamp.
When you ask someone to name some of the world’s top innovation ecosystems, Pittsburgh probably won’t be the first city they name; however, as we all know, that's changing.
Pittsburgh is among a handful of cities that have the institutions, the innovative capacity, and the core science and technology competencies to compete in the race to become leaders in the world’s next-generation technologies.
And although an innovation culture is difficult to achieve, companies can intentionally design an innovation culture that unearths and builds new growth engines, reduces the risk of experimentation, and increases ROI on R&D.
One of the key ingredients if Pittsburgh will be successful as an innovation center is growing its product talent, specifically product management.
As Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University states ‘behind every great product is a product manager.’
To that end, ‘Product Camp’ is finally coming to Pittsburgh! (See the article featured in the Pittsburgh Business Times here.)
The timing couldn't be better, as Pittsburgh has for years built the startup and innovation ecosystem and now needs to take it to the next level. And the product management ingredient will be a vital role in its success.
If you have never heard of a ProductCamp before, it is a ten-year-old "unconference" for product professionals. By "unconference," it means that ProductCamps are in many ways like traditional corporate conferences, except that:
ProductCamp was started in Silicon Valley by Rich Mironov, and followed up by Austin, Boston , and many other cities. Today, you can find thriving ProductCamps in almost every major city in the U.S., and many cities around the world including London, Vancouver, Melbourne, and many more.
One of the best things about ProductCamps is that they are put on locally.
The Pittsburgh ProductCamp event will be a one-stop shop for people to meet experts, better their crafts, and share their expertise.
You can learn from the best and brightest here in Pittsburgh about products and managing products, no matter what stage or what business you’re in.
The event will be held on a Saturday September 22, 2018 from about 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m at the new Carnegie Mellon Tepper Quad.
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We look forward to seeing, and hearing you, at Pittsburgh's first ProductCamp!