This October at Amplify 2019, we brought together the largest gathering of growth, product, design, and data experts under one roof.
On the big day, we were joined by keynote speakers from leading product companies including Airbnb, Zoom, Pinterest, and more. But that’s not all—there were punny mugs, a heated arcade game competition, workshops led by product and growth experts, and ample networking opportunities. Here are the top six highlights from Amplify 2019.
1. The speakers
The only way to kick off our 2019 highlights is by mentioning the incredible speakers that joined us this year including Eric S. Yuan, founder and CEO of Zoom; Dr. Theresa Johson, product manager at Airbnb; and Adam Nash, VP of Product & Growth at Dropbox.
Our speakers covered a wide range of topics, from Merci’s talk on the importance of being helpful, to James Buckhouse’s talk on human experience design.
Throughout the day, participants took to Twitter to chime in on their favorite talks and takeaways.
Still more incredible women at #AmplifyPM. Next up is @drjohnsonvc of @Airbnb talking product management. She’s a literal rocket scientist: a Ph.D in Aeronautical and Astonautical Engineering from Stanford. (And with a baby on the way!) 😍#WomenInSTEM pic.twitter.com/buwSahn2a7— Melinda Byerley (@MJB_SF) October 8, 2019
In addition to our keynote sessions, we also held smaller workshops led by product coach John Cutler. The interactive sessions dug into specific product and growth-related problems.
2. The swag
To give participants a little something to remember us by, everyone who came to Amplify received a coffee mug with lyrics slightly modified to something a little more… product-related.
Turns out our Amplify 2019 mugs were a hit: by the end of the day there was a “mug swap” to trade out your mug for someone else’s with different lyrics.
3. Data Nom - The game
If you needed a break or wanted to kill time between sessions, we had you covered. We created a special game called Data Nom. Beating the high score got a bit competitive.
4. The food (and coffee)
Throughout the day, we made sure to keep the food—and coffee—coming. We partnered with San Francisco based Hedge coffee to make sure you were well caffeinated all day.
Lunch was on us, and we made sure that there was plenty to eat before and after lunch was served. We also had Juice Shop create Amplify branded drinks exclusively for the event (because who doesn’t love juice).
5. The people
Amplify 2019 was your opportunity to completely nerd out on all things product and growth. And there was no shortage of opportunities to expand your network and talk shop with people as excited about building products as you are.
In addition to our main speaker sessions, we also had vendor booths from FullStory, Radar Labs, Segment, Optimizely, mParticle, and more.
Upstairs, we set up lounges to give you a comfortable area to meet with others and discuss your latest product ideas.
6. Our venues — The Masonic and the Grace Cathedral
Last, but certainly not least, our Amplify venues this year deserve a spot in our top highlights.
We started the day at The Masonic, a beautiful historic building in Nob Hill. To kick things off in the morning, we had a live band on stage for you to enjoy as you sipped your morning coffee. Over the course of the day, you could go in and out of the main theatre where speaker sessions were held to walk around the hallway and interact with vendors and meet other conference attendees. If you wanted a quieter space, you could also make your way upstairs to one of our many meeting areas.
But that wasn’t all—once keynote sessions came to a close in the afternoon, everyone walked across the street to the Grace Cathedral for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Before Amplify, the Grace Cathedral had not been used for a company event in about two decades. We were delighted to have the rare honor of hosting our event at such an iconic venue!