Do you have an inspiring story to tell or valuable lessons to share about building your product? Our events offer a perfect opportunity to do just that. Reach thousands of product leaders and help them on their own journey.
How to apply
We accept speaking applications for all our events on a rolling basis – submit your talk proposal here.
- Share your story: the great work you do with your team doesn't have to stay behind the scenes. It can inspire other product leaders on their own journey. Your daily grind can be someone else's aha moment, so consider sharing it!
- Raise your profile: talking in front of Europe's most talented product people is a great way to open up opportunities. New to speaking? No problem, you'll receive storytelling advice from an expert speaker coach.
- Meet amazing people: you'll get to connect with fellow leaders at our speaker dinner and meet passionate attendees on the day. Plus, every conference speaker is automatically invited to join the next JAM event for free!
Who comes to our events?
Every year, we bring together an eclectic crowd of makers – people who take real pride in their work, want the best for their team and go out of their way to build something great. Like you, they're in the trenches every day trying to work out how to build amazing products.
We'll share audience data to help you craft a relevant talk.
What we are (and are not)
- A community of passionate makers
- Candid stories and practical talks
- How you (try to) build great products
JAM is not:
- A way to pitch your company or product
- A platform for sharing success stories (there's enough online already!)
- A series of lectures, theories or 'big-picture' talks
Here are some themes you can explore when thinking of a talk idea. Of course, some talks will touch upon multiple themes, and that's perfectly fine!
- Career & personal growth: we often talk about products, but rarely about the people behind them. From your career choices to current challenges, reflect on your personal story and inspire others on their own journey.
- The maker's rollercoaster: the ups and downs of creating a product are relentless, yet rarely discussed. Reflect on it through the lens of your own personal experience. This can include how you handled conflict, solved a particular problem or developed a new process.
- Product story: a candid case study of a a product or feature you built. From the problem to the end result, talk us through your decisions, struggles and lessons. Help the audience learn from your unique process.
- Failure story: we hear a lot about launching, but not so much about failing. Tell us about a time you (or your team) failed. Why did it happen and what did you learn from it?
- Deciding what to build & making tough decisions: how do you research and validate customer needs? How do you balance different data sources to make decisions? And when do you know it's time to launch?
- Measuring what matters: how do you measure the performance of your products? How about setting up the right KPIs for a new initiative? How do you track the right data and turn it into insights for your team?
Your team & processes
- People: your stories and 'how to' talks on creating high-functioning teams, working well with others and developing product leadership skills.
- Ways you work & tools of the trade: from your favourite research framework to the way you set up your roadmap, show us how you get things done and why you do things a certain way.
Guidelines for a great talk proposal
- Keep the audience in mind: they're experienced product people like you. They know the concepts and tools. How can you help them go a step further? (hint: be personal!)
- Think of the outcome(s): Don't just identify a topic for your talk; be as specific as possible about its outcomes. What do you want the audience to learn, (re)think or do differently?
- Be authentic: Your peers value real-world stories and experiences they can relate to. If your talk aims to 'educate' by providing a framework, make sure you back it up with practical examples.
Do I have to have past speaking experience?
Nope! JAM is all about sharing stories from the field, so we welcome first-timers and seasoned pros. The main thing is you're passionate about your topic, the desired outcome for the audience, and we can see that in your submission. If you can't point us to a video of you speaking at an event, why not record a short video telling us what you'd like to talk about and why?
How fleshed out should my talk be to apply?
You need to have defined the key message of your talk and the outcome for the audience. Including a short summary or outline is a bonus, and will help us consider your submission faster.
What happens once I've applied?
- Your submission will safely land in our Slack channel. From there, our team will review it check if it's a fit for an upcoming event (bear with us, we're a small team!) We do this by evaluating:
- Your talk proposal(s) and how well it fits within our themes
- The overall balance of our schedule in terms of speakers, topics and talk formats
- If there's a fit, we'll reach out to discuss your proposal and suggest any additional talk angles based on your experience and interests. This is an informal call
- We'll let you know the status of your submission within 2-3 weeks – this varies depending on the number of proposals we received for a given event.
I haven't heard back. Does it mean I haven't been selected?
We select speakers on a rolling basis for our existing events. If you haven't heard back, it means your submission wasn't a fit this time around. But bear with us, we'll get in touch for future opportunities as they arise. In the meantime, don't hesitate to let us know of any new talk or topic you're working on.
What can I expect if I'm selected?
As much feedback and support as you need to help you kill it on stage! Creating a great talk is an iterative process, and we work closely with every speaker to make this happen.
Here's what you can expect:
- Resources and guidelines on how to nail your key message
- Support from the JAM team at any step of the talk prep process
- Feedback from a speaking coach to polish your content and delivery
- An opportunity to practice your talk, one month before the event
- Access to the Alumni Speakers Slack channel
You'll also receive:
- Budget for your travel and accommodation
- An extra ticket for a +1
- A ticket to the following year's conference
- An invite to the Speaker dinner