align-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcamerachatcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-crosscrosseditfacebookglobegoogleimagesinstagramlocation-pinmagnifying-glassmailmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1outlookpersonplusImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartwitteryahoo

ProductTank April

ProductTank April is about the Internet of Things and product management - How to manage products in an interconnected world? The IoT provides product people with lots of new opportunities as well as challenges to consider.

Curated by Marc Abraham, this month's speakers will share some of their lessons learnt based on concrete IoT examples.


Usman Haque | Smart people, dumb objects, networked environments

Usman is founding partner of Umbrellium, founder of Haque Design + Research  and founder of Pachube, a real-time data infrastructure and community for the Internet of Things.

In an age of extreme connectivity what becomes important is what we are connected to. For the devices we use and the buildings we occupy in a wireless and ubiquitously networked world this is even more crucial: the world, we are told, will become a vast 'eco-system' of conversant devices, buildings and virtual environments. But somewhere behind all these 'machines' are people, and it's the people that, ultimately, make interactions 'smart'. This talk will cover such issues with specific reference to projects and initiatives such as, Natural Fuse and Open Burble.

LinkedIn | @uah

Yodit Stanton | Democratising IOT for cities

Yodit is a software developer and founder of opensensors.IO, with a special interest in machine learning and distributed computation.

We are at the dawn of the Internet of Things (IOT) or connected devices where we would have to manage trillions of connected devices. In this talk, we will explore the implications of building services for cities bringing together the physical and digital worlds. This talk will touch on the opportunities as well as challenges such as scalability, data sharing (specifically open data) and privacy implications. It will include examples from projects we work on at opensensors.IO from grass roots led projects to ones that involve infrastructure management.

LinkedIn | @yoditstanton

Patrick Bergel | Got religion?

Formerly a Creative Director for clients including Microsoft & RayBan, Patrick has founded three technology-led companies and is now Founder and CEO of Animal Systems. 

A talk in which startup religion meets design philosophy. Join hands!

I will exclusively reveal one weird old trick for designing, building and launching from-scratch new products (where new is bad) and share lessons learnt, interspersed with thoughts on usefulness, birdsong and the new crop of connected devices.

LinkedIn | @goodmachine

Registration will start at 6:30pm, with the first presenter beginning at 7:30pm.

Finally we will have the usual networking over drinks before we head to a nearby pub for more drinks around 9:30pm!

ProductTank is proudly sponsored by Knowit.

Let's be honest, recruiters don't have the best name. Once in a while though a company pops up that wants to change things.  We are Knowit, the UK's first Product and Technology recruitment specialists. Our clients range from disruptive start-ups through to market leaders and we have extensive networks in our respective fields.  Our focus on product allows us to partner and advise our clients on what type of product people they should be looking for and how best to secure them. We take a slightly different approach to traditional recruitment methods. Firstly, over 60% of our clients have come through recommendations which we are truly proud of. Secondly, we are consistently building a network of the best people. We do this by headhunting, via social media  as well as attending and sponsoring events. This enables us to make sure we are on the pulse of an ever changing digital world.  We believe the key to our success is the long term relationships we build with our clients and candidates as well as understanding the variances of Product.  Just because you have the same job title, does not mean you are all the same! 

Join or login to comment.

  • J

    Internet of Bikes Use Case: Road South
    As some of you are into cycling too, you may be interested in a Meetup group recently founded called Another Bike Event.

    May 2, 2014

  • Clive F.

    The speakers ranged from excellent to poor. Is there any vetting?

    1 · April 22, 2014

    • John K.

      The style of each presenter was very different, but put together I think they covered a lot of ground, and really didn't overlap very much. Very difficult, I think, to find the balance between highlighting what's different about product management in each domain each month versus highlighting the common product management principles in each domain. The general principles are there if you look for them: from the IoT sessions my takeaways were about prototyping, learning from customer behaviour, identifying the real problems...if not the mechanics of prioritising ideas/tasks, user stories, personas, etc.

      3 · April 22, 2014

    • Raul S.

      Yeah, that's a fitting conclusion John

      April 23, 2014

  • Diogo C.

    Could have focused more on Product Managements aspects of IOT, not so much on IOT itself. The presentations could have been better too, more in-depth scenarios.

    April 17, 2014

    • Jean-Philippe C.

      I think the real issue, as mentioned by Patrick Bergel is that at the moment IoT is looking at solving the wrong problem.

      1 · April 17, 2014

    • Jean-Philippe C.

      If we start looking at who could really benefit from it, we could develop some really life-altering products for people who really need it!

      1 · April 17, 2014

  • Nick F.

    Really enjoyed Patrick Bergel's presentation.

    3 · April 17, 2014

  • Jeff Van C.

    Good talks and interesting people. This is a well-run meetup, and I get a lot out of it every time I attend.

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Jean-Philippe C.

    The last talk saved the day. However met some nice people. Looking forward to the next one!

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Natasha M.

    Great fun, really informative and thought provoking talks!

    1 · April 17, 2014

  • Raul S.

    Has anyone tried yet, its really fun!

    2 · April 16, 2014

  • Robert D.

    Some interesting points made by the presenters.

    April 16, 2014

  • Shim S.

    Hey, sorry for the late cancellation, gotta work late today. Was really looking forward to it!

    April 16, 2014

  • Peter R.

    Work has me chained to the desk, regular whiplash from the hurried movement of the mouse. Alas I shall not be able to come to the ball. Sorry I hope you all have a good one whilst I tap, tap, tap at my keyboard with only songs of freedom running through my mind like a promise of good times in the future which may come as reward for my hardship.

    April 16, 2014

  • renata

    So sorry for late notice, I only just got the message that I was off the wait list - wish I could be there. Very interested and planning on attending the next meetup.

    April 16, 2014

  • Colibri

    Looking forward to the talks tonight!
    If anyone is looking for a new jobs, Ricky and I are looking for a Senior Business Analyst and a User Experience Designer to join our team at Medidata Solutions, Hammersmith.
    Feel free to email me at [masked] if you want a chat.

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Marco

    I can't make it unfortunately

    April 16, 2014

  • David S.

    Sadly can't make it, sounds exciting though!!

    April 15, 2014

  • Mark P.

    I m going to be arriving at about 7:30pm so will sneak in the back........

    April 15, 2014

  • David M.

    This is one of my favourite topics. The IOT Product Tank was really inspirational. I especially loved Alex from Fjord's talk about the connected egg-box. I read a really cool white paper by Andy Hobsbawm of EVRYTHNG - blog post here - that I'd recommend to anybody who's interested in IOT. I am so looking forward to this edition of Product Tank!

    March 29, 2014

    • Vlad T.

      Thanks David! I'll be there as well, so hit me up if you want to learn about our work & tech at EVRYTHNG ;)

      April 7, 2014

  • Dan B.

    Hi all,
    I'm looking for a freelance product manager/business analyst who can help us put together a freemium pricing model for one of our apps. If you think you can help, send me an email @ [masked].

    1 · April 7, 2014

    • Nicholas C.

      Hi Dan, im confident we can help. I'll drop you an email to formally introduce myself. Hopefully the PT sponsorship shows our commitment to Product as a skill set.

      April 7, 2014

  • Pieter B.

    Really looking forward to this one!

    April 2, 2014

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy