2017 Michigan IT Symposium: November 20 & 21

The Michigan IT Symposium is an annual event to help create connections between community members, while showcasing the innovation occurring across all of the U-M’s campuses. Join us for an afternoon reception on Monday, November 20 to view posters highlighting the ingenuity of the Michigan IT community. The full-day symposium will commence on Tuesday, November 21 featuring posters, presentations, networking, hands-on-training, and a special keynote.

The 2017 Michigan IT Symposium will take place at the Michigan League on the Ann Arbor campus. The event is open to all members of Michigan's IT community and includes multiple types of interactions, including plenary and breakout events.

Save the Date!

The 2017 Michigan IT Symposium is scheduled for November 20-21, 2017. The event will take place at the Michigan League on the Ann Arbor campus. (Registration opens Monday, October 16.)

President Schlissel has set ambitious goals for our university around data science and enhancing our student and faculty researchers’ ability to tap into the enormous potential of big data. We are poised to help U-M faculty, researchers, patient-care providers, and students tackle the huge challenges of our time—and the massive amounts of data their work requires—through the strategic use of cloud platforms.

The 2017 symposium will focus on how IT work at Michigan is transforming with the proliferation of cloud technologies and services and will provide opportunities for Michigan IT staff to build new skills to take advantage of the opportunities ahead of us. We also invite conversations of when cloud may not be the right choice, evaluating services and vendors, and supporting the people side of technology change.

Attendees will:

  • Hear from IT leaders and colleagues about what is possible in the cloud 
  • Participate in hands-on training in cloud services, infrastructure, and support
  • Create new, or strengthen existing working relationships
  • Learn more about the Michigan IT community and ways to be involved on an ongoing basis

Presentation Categories include:

  • Innovations in teaching & learning - Cloud-based tools and other methods for accessing and consuming information, collaborating with peers in the same class or across the world, developing personalized learning plans, etc.
  • Enabling research - Support of data science, advances in cloud compute capabilities, improving resiliency or security, evaluating cloud services, applying cloud technologies and infrastructure to draw new insights from big data, etc.
  • Transforming patient care - Leveraging cloud and other technologies and services to improve the quality patient care, contain costs, or protect sensitive health information; prerequisites for using the cloud, enabling point-of-care access to data and real-time consultation with other providers, personalized medicine, etc.
  • Supporting the people side of technology change - Shifting organizational culture, adjusting business processes based on technology constraints, organizational development and retraining of staff, change management, etc.
  • Michigan IT 200 - Reflections on IT in U-M’s bicentennial year, the future of IT, community-building across the Michigan IT community, etc.

Important Dates for Presenters:

  • August 18: Presenter applications due
  • September 5: Notification of acceptance for posters and presentations
  • September 29: Submit draft posters for feedback
  • October 20: "Print-ready" posters due
  • November 16: Presentations due

More information for presenters

Past Events

  • 2016: Nearly 500 IT staff, faculty, and administrators came together in November 2016 for the third annual Michigan IT Symposium. The 2016 event featured interactive sessions, hands-on-training, networking, and panel discussions about how the talents of the IT community enrich the U-M experience. See materials from the 2016 Michigan IT Symposium.
  • 2015: More than 450 IT staff, faculty, and administrators came together in November 2015 for the second annual Michigan IT Symposium. The 2015 event spanned two days and featured keynote speaker President Mark Schlissel. See materials from the 2015 Michigan IT Symposium.
  • 2014: More than 400 members of the Michigan IT community came together in November 2014 to create connections and celebrate the innovation occurring across all campuses. See materials from the 2014 Michigan IT Symposium.


We are always looking for individuals to contribute to the event’s success. Please consider volunteering to help:

  • Champion the event
    Commitment: Attend event, 2-4 hours to promote
    We need champions to promote the event across all of U-M’s campuses! Using materials we provide, encourage your colleagues to submit proposals and attend the event.
  • Join the planning committee
    Commitment: Attend event, regular planning meetings, additional time outside meeting
    We have a wide variety of roles including event logistics, planning networking activities, reviewing proposals, on-site setup, etc.
  • Help during the event
    Commitment: Flexible!
    During the event, we need help with registration, room hosting, attendee questions, and wayfinding. You can volunteer for a couple hours or the entire day.

Email michigan-it-symposium@umich.edu to get involved!

Questions and More Information

Send questions, feedback and ideas to michigan-it-symposium@umich.edu. If you are a person with a disability who needs an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact michigan-it-symposium@umich.edu no later than 10 business days before the event. Advance notice is required as some accommodations take additional time to arrange.