2019 Michigan IT Symposium

Register today!

Register today for the 2019 Michigan IT Symposium, November 25-26, 2019 and its new format. The Michigan IT Symposium is an annual event to help create connections between community members, while highlighting the innovation and ingenuity occurring across all of the U-M campuses. The event is open to all University of Michigan IT and technology professionals and advocates and includes multiple types of interactions, including plenary and breakout events. This year’s event will once again take place at the Michigan League on the Ann Arbor campus.

New event format

In feedback from past symposiums, people have been asking for MORE. More breakout sessions, more opportunities to network and collaborate, and more opportunities to grow professionally. With this in mind, the Michigan IT Steering Committee decided to try a new event schedule.

New Day 1 format: Monday, November 25

The 2019 Symposium kick-offs with a new format on Monday afternoon, November 25 with check-in starting at 1 p.m. in the Michigan League. Everyone will gather in the Mendelssohn Theatre at 2 p.m. for a welcome from our 2019 chairs, followed by a keynote address by Marcus Collins, Lecturer of Marketing, Co-Director of the Yaffe Digital Media Initiative, Ross School of Business and an IT leadership panel discussion. The 2019 Michigan IT Symposium Poster Reception will begin at 4 p.m. in the Vandenberg, Hussey and Michigan rooms. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. This reception will serve as the main poster session of the symposium. All posters will be displayed in the Hussey and Vandenberg rooms for review on Tuesday, November 26.

Day 2 schedule: Tuesday, November 26

The second day is devoted to breakout sessions packed full of learning and professional development opportunities. There are a total of 33 breakout presentations to choose from—12 more sessions than previous years, each 60 minutes in length.

2019 Event schedule

You will want to make time for this!


Time Agenda
1 – 2 p.m. Mcard check-in and poster preview
2 – 3:15 p.m. Welcome & keynote speaker Marcus Collins - NEW Day for 2019
3:15 – 4 p.m. IT Leadership presentation - NEW Day for 2019
4 – 5:30 p.m.

Poster reception
View 54 posters highlighting how IT works across U-M schools colleges, Michigan Medicine and administrative units. Interact with poster presenters and enjoy light snacks and refreshments.


Time Agenda
8 a.m. Mcard check-in, continental breakfast served
8:50 – 9 a.m. Welcome & overview of the day
9:10 –
10:10 a.m.
Breakout session 1
10:20 –
11:20 a.m.
Breakout session 2
11:30 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.
Breakout session 3
12:30 –
1:20 p.m.
Lunch (The deadline to register for lunch was Monday, November 11) People registering after November 11 will need to find lunch on their own on the day of the Symposium.
1:30 –
2:30 p.m.
Breakout session 4
2:40 –
3:40 p.m.
Breakout session 5
3:50 –
4:30 p.m.
Closing remarks with Ravi Pendse, Vice President for IT and CIO

The IT Symposium is one of several activities co-sponsored by the offices of the VPIT-CIO and the CIO for Michigan Medicine and organized by the Michigan IT Steering Committee to build community and encourage collaboration among U-M’s 2,700 IT professionals


Do you want to do more than just attend the Michigan IT Symposium this year? Volunteers to support the event! Volunteers are needed on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26, to help set up, assist with registration, directing attendees, and to serve as room hosts for the breakout sessions. If you are interested, simply review the volunteer roles and to the sign-up page! Note: All volunteers should still register for the symposium.

Important dates for presenters

October 21: Final Posters Due from Poster Presenters (submit your presentation here)
November 15: Breakout Presentations Due (submit your presentation here)


Please let us know how we can ensure that this event is inclusive to you or if any accommodations or access needs will be required. If any accommodation or access needs will be required either day, please reach out to Michigan.IT.Symposium@umich.edu by November 11.

Frequently asked questions

  • Accommodation or Access Needs?
    If any accommodation or access needs will be required either day, please reach out to Michigan.IT.Symposium@umich.edu by November 11.
  • Will the event be video-recorded or live streamed?
    The keynote and leadership panel presentations on Monday, November 25 will be recorded, not live streamed. The recordings will be posted on the 2019 Michigan IT Symposium event website in the days following the event. No other breakout session will be recorded.
  • When does registration for the event open?
    Registration to attend the Michigan IT Symposium is now open! (register here)
  • Is there a cost to attend the event?
    There is no cost to attend. This event is co-sponsored by the offices of the VPIT-CIO and the CIO for Michigan Medicine and hosted by the Michigan IT Steering Committee. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. NOTE: The deadline to register for Lunch is Monday, November 11.
  • Where in the Michigan League will the event be held?
    The event will take place on all three floors of the League. Some sessions will take place in the Mendelssohn Theatre, which is adjacent to the Michigan League. Check-in will be done using M-Cards. Please bring your M-card with you.
  • Is there parking at the Michigan 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.

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