2017 Michigan IT Symposium: November 20 & 21

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Registration is open for the 2017 Michigan IT Symposium, November 20–21, 2017. The event will take place at the Michigan League on the Ann Arbor campus.

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

Details at a Glance

Who: University of Michigan IT professionals

What: Nearly 25 presentations and 56 posters by members of the U-M IT community

What: Poster Preview and Reception: November 20 (3:30 – 5:30 p.m.); Symposium: November 21 (8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Where: Michigan League (Central Campus) - Directions and parking info

Registration: Register now through Sessions@umich

Event Schedule

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Poster Preview and Reception
8:30 a.m. M-Card Check-In, Continental Breakfast & New Attendee Meet & Greet
9–9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks: Kelli Trosvig, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
9:30–10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Kim S. Cameron, William Russell Kelly Chair of Management and Organizations; Professor of Higher Education and Co-founder, Center for Positive Organizations; University of Michigan
10:40–11:30 a.m. Poster Session
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Birds of a Feather Conversations
12:30–1:20 p.m. Breakout Session 1
1:30–2:20 p.m. Breakout Session 2
2:30–3:20 p.m. Breakout Session 3
3:30–4 p.m. Closing Remarks

Important Dates for Presenters

  • October 20: "Print-ready" posters due
  • November 16: Presentations due

More information for presenters

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a cost to attend the event?
    There is no cost to attend. The 2017 IT Symposium is co-sponsored by the offices of Kelli Trosvig, vice president for IT and chief information officer, and Andrew Rosenberg, M.D., chief information officer for Michigan Medicine. Breakfast and lunch are included.
  • Where in the Michigan League will the event be held?
    The event will take place on all three floors of the League. Check-in will be done using M-Cards this year. Please bring your M-card with you.
  • Is there parking at the League?
    There is very little metered parking available in front of the League. Additional parking information can be found here: Visitor & Parking Map and Driving Directions.

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!
    Sign up today to volunteer at this year's 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.