2017 Michigan IT Symposium: Information for Presenters | Office of the CIO

2017 Michigan IT Symposium: Information for Presenters

  • The call for proposals is closed.
  • See materials from the 2016 Michigan IT Symposium
  • Registration to attend the Michigan IT Symposium will open on Monday, October 16

Call for Proposals is Closed

How does your work move the University of Michigan forward in its mission to provide world-class teaching, research, and patient care? How is your work changing with the proliferation of cloud technologies and services? Have you applied cloud technologies or services to overcome a challenge or to support the university’s missions? Show it off at the Michigan IT Symposium, a two-day event highlighting the expertise, innovation, and personality of the U-M IT community. 

Why Should You Participate?

Presenting provides an opportunity to:

  • Exhibit for your peers and network with like-minded individuals
  • Promote your experience to an engaged audience
  • Personally contribute to the U-M knowledge base

Important Dates for Presenters

  • August 18: Presenter applications due
  • September 1: Notification of acceptance for posters and presentations
  • September 29: Submit draft posters for feedback
  • October 20: "Print-ready" posters due
  • November 16: Presentations due


  • 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.

What ways can you contribute?

You could:

  • Produce a poster: Display an informational poster in the exhibit area and answer questions during poster sessions on November 20 and 21. A template is provided by the event committee, who will also handle printing logistics and cost. The poster session is intended to be casual and conversational; there is no formal presentation.
  • Develop a presentation: Give a presentation using thought-provoking content blended with audience participation. Sessions are 50 minutes, including time for Q&A. Presentations may include demonstrations, slides, and other media. Format is flexible and can include single or multiple presenters.
  • Host a birds of a feather session: Facilitate a highly interactive discussion session with colleagues who share similar interests and responsibilities, focused on a particular topic that is relevant to the community. These sessions are designed to be less structured than presentations and encourage community members to exchange experiences and insights they have gathered related to the discussion topic.
  • Lead a hands-on training session: Through guided instruction, teach participants how to perform a specific task related to the theme of the symposium. Participants will follow the lesson on their own device and may need to do some pre-symposium preparation, such as creating an account or installing relevant software. The goal of hands-on-training is that the audience will leave with specific knowledge or skills that they can immediately implement in their workplaces.

Questions and More Information

  • Can I use the same poster from last year’s symposium?
    If you presented a poster at last year’s symposium and are interested in doing the same or a similar topic this year, we encourage you to create a new poster with information on how your topic changed/evolved since the last event. We will not accept posters used at previous events.
  • How do I apply?
    Simply fill out a brief presenter application. Applications will be accepted until August 18 for poster and formal presentations.
  • Do I have to attend both events if my poster or presentation is accepted?
    All presenters should plan to attend the full-day event on Tuesday, November 21. Poster presenters are also strongly encouraged to attend the poster reception on Monday, November 20 (although everyone is welcome to attend!).
  • What support do you provide for presenters? Can I get feedback on my poster or presentation before it’s due?
    We want you to be successful and offer a number of optional methods of support:
    • Feedback: In addition to reaching out to your colleagues for feedback, you can send your draft poster or presentation to the planning committee by Friday, September 29. A team of volunteers will review your material and provide constructive feedback by Friday, October 6, a full week before print-ready posters are due.
    • Tips for presenters (more information to come)
    • Presenter prep session (more information to come)
  • When will I be notified if my application to participate is accepted?
    The symposium committee will review all poster and formal presentation applications. Applicants will be notified by September 1.
  • When does event registration open?
    Registration to attend the event will open on Monday, October 16.

Send additional questions, feedback, and ideas to michigan-it-symposium@umich.edu.