Make Moves with SVPG’s Two-Day Intensive Workshop for Aspiring Tech Product Leaders

Attending or planning to attend the SVPG Workshop? If you want to sharpen your product development and leadership skills, you should be! This two-day event runs from Sep. 16-17 and will teach you everything you need to know about creating fantastic tech products that your customers will love. Since this event takes place in at the Innovation Loft in New York City, you’ll need to know where to stay and how to get there.

This area is home to some of the best sight-seeing attractions, hotels, and restaurants. It may be overwhelming if you’re traveling from a distance. However, remember that you’re going to develop your career immeasurably on top of exploring a new city while you’re at it. Here are five tips for planning your trip.

About the SVPG Workshop

This conference is for members of startups and product companies who are interested in deepening their roles. Here, you’ll learn about the latest innovative practices in product management and strategy from some of the best technology teams from around the world.

This is the perfect event to bond and collaborate with team members. Topics include customer development, agile, design thinking, lean startups, and product discovery.

Marty Cagan, the founder of the Silicon Valley Product Group, will lead the workshop. Cagan was recently a senior vice-president of product management and design for eBay.

New York Transportation

Getting around New York is more manageable than many anticipate. If you can’t walk to the SVPG Workshop, then you’ll want to use mass transit. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) runs the bus and subway system. It’s one of the most affordable and consistent options for getting around. You can buy a one-way MetroCard, day pass, or refill a standard card as needed. Another effect of taking the bus or subway is you get a priceless opportunity to see the sights and sounds of New York.

Local Hotels

When you’re traveling for an event in NYC, one of the most important things to know is that Jersey City, New Jersey, is just a few miles away. It’s easy to go between the two cities by taking the PATH train, a part of the metro area’s super reliable, inexpensive public transportation.

There are many hotels near Jersey City that take you away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. It’s the perfect location if you want to explore a new city that’s not in the center of Time Square. There are top-rated hotels here, such as:

  • Candlewood Suites, an extended-stay hotel that can be your home base for a week or more,

  • Travelodge by Wyndham, centrally-located for Newark, LaGuardia, and JFK airports, and

  • Hyatt House Jersey City, a hit with business travelers because of its proximity to the PATH train or the NY Waterway. 

Food & Drink

Are you feeling hungry? There is a diverse selection of restaurants in Jersey City that will satisfy your grumbling belly, ranging from Asian cuisine to casual speakeasies. You will find Italian food, James Beard’s award-winning pizza, sweet treats, wonder bagels, and more. Newark Avenue alone has a long line of bars and lounges.

Ranch Market sells ingredients and international foods. Those who don’t have a kitchen in their hotel room will want to hit up the food court. If you’re looking for something fancier, then Madame Claude Bis is the right place for you. This French restaurant has a swanky vibe that’s complete with fine dining and a live jazz band playing.

Cellar 335 serves up cocktails and spicy dishes that will get you hooked. Not to mention the interior is uniquely decorated by local artists’ work and living art. The Second Street Bakery is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet otoh. Or, you can grab an Italian sandwich.

Attractions & Entertainment

Even though it’s technically not Manhattan, Jersey City has plenty of things to do. It’s become one of the most famous cities in the Garden State. From outdoor music festivals to local museums, there’s something for everyone here. If you want to unwind, then take a walk along the Hudson River waterfront walkway. Or, you can join a lively street festival that has drinks, food, and music throughout September.

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