2020 Michigan IT Symposium

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The Michigan IT Symposium is an annual event that serves to help create connections between community members, while showcasing the innovation 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.

Save the Date!

The 2020 Michigan IT Symposium will be held virtually November 10-12, 2020 and this year we are bringing the event to you. Due to constraints regarding a face-to-face event caused by the pandemic, the planning committee is developing the framework for a rich and rewarding virtual experience. A virtual Michigan IT Symposium will be different, but the objectives for the event are strong.

2020 Michigan IT Symposium Objectives

  • Strengthen and build collaborative partnerships across the Michigan IT community
  • Build connections between Michigan IT and industry colleagues
  • Learn about ways IT can support and has adapted to a changing work environment
  • Recognize innovations in supporting faculty and students across Michigan

The co-chairs for the 2020 Michigan IT Symposium are Mashon Allen, Director of Information and Technology Services Project Manager’s Office and T. Charles Yun, Director of Computing for the School of Information.

Call for Proposals

The Michigan IT Symposium Committee is now accepting proposals for conference sessions to be held at this year's symposium. The application process is easy!

Submit a proposal application by Friday, August 21.

This year’s theme is "Innovative solutions to support the university mission." Our goal for the 2020 event is to have the U-M IT community strengthen and build collaborative partnerships, learn how IT can support and has adapted to a changing work environment, and recognize innovations in supporting faculty and students across Michigan. This year’s submission categories are timely, but broad enough to allow for diverse presentations and topics to be proposed.

2020 Submission Categories

  • Working in crisis mode: impacts & related content
  • Current trends/topics/projects (not necessarily related to COVID-19)
  • The future of technology in higher education
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

To submit more than one proposal, complete the application multiple times.

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

Important Dates for Presenters

  • August 21: Proposal applications due
  • The week of September 21: Notification of acceptance for posters and presentations
  • September 30: Deadline to accept or decline
  • October 30: Deadline to turn in final posters and presentations
  • November 10-12: 2020 Michigan IT Virtual Symposium

The 2020 Michigan IT Symposium Planning Committee

Mashon Allen, ITS
T. Charles Yun, School of Information

Committee Members
Joel Iverson, ITS, Event Coordinator and Publicity/Marketing Coordinator
Kim Wooton, ITS, Event Coordinator
Stefanie Horvath, ITS, Keynote & VIP Relations
Dan Burgess, ITS, Registration Coordinator
Alyssa Longo, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Registration Coordinator
Jenny Kirshman, ITS, Poster Coordinator
Jennifer Herron, ITS, Presentation Coordinator
Jennifer Burch, ITS, Presentation Coordinator
Brian Simko, Health Information Technology and Services, Poster Coordinator
Ryan McKenzie, Ross School of Business IT, A/V Coordinator
Josh Simon, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Member at Large