2021 Michigan IT Symposium

Join IT colleagues across the University of Michigan for the 2021 Michigan IT Symposium: Moving Forward Together.

The annual Michigan IT Symposium serves to create connections between community members, while showcasing the innovation occurring across all four U-M campuses. The event is composed of multiple types of interactions, including plenary and breakout events and poster sessions. It is open to all University of Michigan IT and technology professionals and advocates.

Save the Date & Call for Proposals

The 2021 Michigan IT Symposium will be held virtually December 14–16. The planning committee is accepting proposals for breakout and poster sessions through October 1. Registration will open this fall.

Moving Forward Together

The pandemic has led to different ways of working and collaborating, especially in IT. The Michigan IT community stepped up, tackled many challenges, and accomplished amazing things in this ever changing environment. The 2021 Symposium looks to celebrate and share the innovations that have taken place across all of our campuses the past year as we keep the momentum moving forward together.

Contemplate this year’s theme as you consider submitting poster or presentation proposals. Review the accomplishments and challenges you and your teams have faced during the pandemic. What innovations have been made? What lessons could be shared for the good of the entire community? How has collaboration with students or faculty colleagues helped to positively change teaching, research, or how they work during the pandemic? Invite them to submit a proposal together.

2021 Submission Categories

Proposals should be submitted within the standard subject areas of research, teaching & learning, precision health & patient care, knowledge, administration, or Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and fit into one of the following categories.

  • Adapting to a rapidly changing environment
  • Projects and/or operational changes that have enhanced your services and systems
  • Strategies and projects on the horizon

Submit a proposal application by Friday, October 1.

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

Delivery Methods

Please consider the delivery method that most closely aligns with your proposal:

Poster Submissions: Selected poster presenters will submit an informational poster and a 1-2 minute topic overview video for the event website. There will be opportunity for social interaction and online engagement with Michigan IT community members. Poster templates will be provided by the planning committee.

Presentation Submissions: Selected presentations will prepare an engaging and informative virtual presentation. Presentations could involve training and tutorials, demonstrations and lessons learned, or discussions and sharing of new ideas of work currently in progress (30-45 minutes with Q&A). Members of the Michigan IT Symposium planning committee will be available to aid in planning for the presentation and to provide behind the scenes support during the virtual presentations.

Important Dates

  • October 1: Proposal applications due
  • The week of October 18: Notification of Acceptance for Posters and Presentations
  • October 27: Deadline to accept or decline
  • November 19: Deadline to turn in final posters
  • December 7: Deadline to turn in final presentations
  • December 14–16: 2021 Michigan IT Virtual Symposium

The co-chairs for the 2021 Michigan IT Symposium are Mandie Chapman, Data Coordination Manager for ITS Information Quest (IQ) and Dave Perhne, LSA MIS Business Intelligence Team Lead for LSA Technology Services.

The Michigan 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.