Product Experience

The top product management & research conferences to attend in 2019

Diana Kaemingk // February 6, 2019 // 9 min read

Technology is rapidly changing the way we live and product leaders are at the forefront of this revolution. As the competition increases, products must be developed in record time and meet consumer needs. In order for product leaders to stay relevant and deliver world-class products, they must keep up with the latest trends.

Product-focused conferences are a great way to gain insights, strategize new ideas, and network with other professionals in your industry. The experience can be invaluable to your organization as you understand what drives your customers. You can also connect with vendors that can make capturing data easier for you, like Qualtrics, who will be at some of these events showcasing our market research software.

Below are 10 product experience conferences that you should check out for 2019.

1.The Product Experience Track at X4 Experience Management Summit

Date: March 5-8, 2019

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Who should go: Everyone in the experience management industry, regardless of position or rank.

Description: X4 is an unforgettable conference experience and is wholly dedicated to helping you and your organization achieve breakthroughs. Here’s what to look forward to: A bucket-list-worthy lineup of main stage speakers will break down their pivotal moments. Leading brands will share the experience management programs they’ve built to delight customers and employees. And you’ll network with and learn from some of the brightest minds in your field.

Specifically for product experience professionals:

  • Develop habit-forming products that people love
  • Design a data-driven product roadmap
  • Shorten time-to-market with faster and easier product research
  • Gather and measure feedback at every stage of development

Other notable speakers:

  • Nir Eyal- Best-Selling Author, Hooked
  • Ken Kocienda- Former Principal Engineer, Apple
  • Carey Kolaja- Chief Product Officer, Citi
  • Amy Lokey- VP of User Experience, Google
  • Charles Wilson- Product Insights, New Balance
  • Bruce Temkin- Head of XM Institute, Qualtrics
  • Rachel Richter- VP of Customer Insights, Dun & Bradstreet
  • Mike Mclaughlin- Chief Customer Officer, GoDaddy
  • Ashmeed Ali- Head of Market Research, Buzzfeed
  • Eric Soelberg- VP of Customer Insights, LL Bean

2. Mind the Product San Francisco

Date: July 15-16, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA

Who should go: The conference is for anyone in product and there’s an additional leadership forum for leaders with Director, VP, or CPO titles.

Description: Mind the Product is broken into two days. Day one consists of deep-dive workshops and an invite-only leaders forum for product leaders Director, VP, CPO or higher. The second day is filled with keynote speakers and networking. Tickets for the two days must be purchased separately.

2019 speakers haven’t been announced but 2018 speakers included:

  • Martin Eriksson - Founder of ProductTank and Co-Founder of Mind the Product
  • Cindy Alvarez- Principal Group Product Manager in the Cloud & AI group, Microsoft
  • Leisa Reichelt- Head of Research and Insight, Atlassian
  • Dan Olsen- Product Management & Lean Startup Consultant

Other dates:
Manchester- Feb 7-8, 2019
Singapore- March 25-26, 2019
Hamburg- May 22-24, 2019
London- Oct 17-18, 2019

3. ConveyUX

Date: March 11-13, 2019

Location: Seattle, WA

Who should go: UX designers of all levels.

Description: With more than 40 educational sessions and 8 free workshops, this is a great conference for UX designers to learn and network. Workshops topics include Conducting Competitive Research and Analysis for Devising Innovative Products, What Really Happens When Agile Meets User Experience, and Product Design for How People Think (and more).

Featured speakers:

  • Jaime Levy- Jaime Levy Consulting
  • Indi Young-
  • Arif Gursel- P.A.C.E.
  • Tamara Adlin- Adlin, inc
  • Dan Klyn- The Understanding Group
  • John Whalen- Brilliant Experience

4. Atlassian Summit 2019

Date: April 9-11, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Who should go: Teams who use Atlassian for product development.

Description: The Atlassian Summit teaches teams how to use Atlassian tools and touts their latest technology. The goal is to unleash the potential in every team so they can produce innovative products. They also have training and certification for an additional charge.

Featured speakers:
Speaker list is not currently available

5. ProductCon Seattle

Date: June, 2019

Location: Seattle, Wa

Who should go: Product Managers

Description: ProductCon is specifically for product managers and put on by Product School. Attendees will learn best practices in product management and new trends in AI, VR, IoT, and Blockchain. Sponsor companies will also be there recruiting new product managers. If you can't attend in person, it’s free to watch the sessions online if you register in advance.

Featured speakers:

  • Christian Bellofatto, Zillow
  • Carlos Villaumbrosia, Product School
  • Ria Sankar, Microsoft

Additional dates:

London- February 28, 2019
San Francisco- April 30, 2019
New York- September 2019
Los Angeles- November 2019

6. The Product Event Chicago

Date: May 16-17, 2019

Location: Chicago, IL

Who should go: Product managers, designers, innovators, and marketers.

Description: As the product management role evolves, PM’s must stay up-to-date with the latest technology and thought leadership. This year’s conference focuses on product management, development and innovation from two distinct angles - AI & Advanced Technology, and CX/UX Design - as well as focusing on product management leadership and fundamentals.

Featured speakers:

  • Kelly Vincent- Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Selling, Ebay
  • Parag Vaish- Head of Digital Product, Tesla
  • Eugene Roytburg- Managing Partner, Growth & Foresight Analytics, Fractal Analytics
  • Judy Schieve- Senior Product Planning Manager, Motorola

Additional dates:
San Francisco- February 7-8, 2019

7. Enterprise Experience 2019

Date: June 3-5, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA

Who should go: UX team leaders and mid- and senior-level UX practitioners for large companies.

Description: Enterprise product leaders are challenged with creating transformational products at scale. This conference teaches product leaders how to expand their skillsets to become “enterprise-ready,” and effectively partner with their peers in product management, CX and other parts of the enterprise that share responsibility for delivering great experiences.

2019 speakers haven’t been announced but 2018 keynote speakers included:

  • Lisa Welchman- Author of Managing Chaos: Digital Governance by Design
  • Richard Buchanan- Professor of Design, Management & Innovation, Case Western Reserve University

8. Front UX & Product Management Case Study Conference

Date: June 6-7, 2019

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Who should go: 82% of the attends in 2018 were designers and product managers

Description: Front was built on the premise of sharing ideas, so this conference is ideal for those who like to network and learn from others. The goal is personal development through sharing the experiences that have helped attendees build better products. There are 14 talks, 2 interactive Q&A sessions, and more than 1,000 attendees.

2019 speakers haven’t been announced but 2018 keynote speakers included:

  • Lisa Welchman- author of Managing Chaos: Digital Governance by Design
  • Richard Buchanan- Professor of Design, Management & Innovation, Case Western Reserve University

9. An Event Apart Seattle

Date: March 4-6, 2019

Location: Seattle, WA

Who should go: UX professionals, developers, and designers

Description: An Event Apart bills itself as “three days of design, code, and content.” There are 17 main sessions that offer deep insights into the state of the industry now and where it’s going in the future. Sessions include Designing for Slow Experiences, The Customer-Obsessed Professional, How to Think Like a Front-End Developer, and more.

Featured speakers:

  • Margot Bloomstein- Author, Content Strategy at Work
  • Sarah Parmenter- Founder, You Know Who
  • Eric Meyer- Author, CSS: The Definitive Guide
  • Rachel Andrew- Co-founder, Perch

Additional dates:
Boston- May 6-8, 2019
Washington D.C.- July 29-31, 2019
Chicago- August 26-28, 2019
Denver- October 28-30, 2019
San Francisco- December 9-11, 2019

10. Product Innovation Summit

Date: Sept. 25-26, 2019

Location: Boston, MA

Who should go: Senior-level product managers from leading brands, with the following job titles: Chief Innovation Officer, Head of Digital Brand Product, Design Strategy Lead, Head of Product Innovation, Head of Digital Transformation, Head of Strategy, and M&A and Partnership.

Description: Products need to be delivered fast and the Product Innovation Summit teaches the latest design thinking models to accelerate your MVP’s. You’ll learn how to use agile and lean frameworks to reduce time to market and inform funding decisions, bring innovative product management approaches and cultures into your enterprise, and move away from ‘mode’ thinking, and towards continuous product lifecycle management.

Featured speakers:

  • Dan Frey- Chief Innovation Officer, The Honest Company
  • Mahesh Chayel- Senior Product Manager, TripAdvisor
  • Jeff George- VP Americas Research & Development, Campbell Soup Company
  • Karan Sachan- Senior Product Manager, Nasdaq

If you’re ready to refine your market research strategy and skills, register for the Qualtrics X4 Summit and take the “Product Experience” track. With more than 15 specific product breakout sessions to choose from, you’ll learn how to develop habit-forming products that people love, design a data-driven product roadmap, shorten time-to-market with faster and easier product research, and gather and measure feedback at every stage of development.

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Diana Kaemingk

Diana Kaemingk is a contributor to the Qualtrics blog.

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