Join the conversation at #micities 2016
Saturday, October 8

New information technologies are transforming life in cities across Michigan and around the world. Citizens rely on a variety of mobile apps and explore their community through virtual reality interfaces, communities are formed and supported through a variety of information tools, and city managers and planners have access to an expanding array of technology solutions and data sets. As a result of this dizzying expansion of innovation, cities are only just beginning to learn how to use these tools to tackle urban problems, improve quality of life, and create dynamic places.

The #micities conference is a discussion on how information technology is impacting community engagement, planning, and citizenship in Michigan cities and beyond. The conference will include lightning talks, and break-out sessions highlighting civic technology initiatives across Michigan, including projects from cities partnering with Citizen Interaction Design program at the UM School of Information. The conference keynote will be by Dr. Anthony Townsend, author of the 2013 book Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New UtopiaThis one-day conference is aimed at students, faculty, practitioners, and citizens interested in applying new information tools and methods in their communities.The event is co-hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Information and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Present: Are you doing interesting work at the intersection of technology, engagement, and cities?  Submit a proposal to present at the conference. See our call for proposals, and submit your presentation idea by Sept. 9.

Attend: We have limited seating. Register here!  Event location and hotel reservations here.

Sponsor:  This year, there will be a limited number of sponsorship slots, available to industry partners, consultants and vendors. Contact dstb@umich.edu for details

The first #micities conference, held in 2014, featured over 120 speakers, volunteers, and registered attendees. Review the program, presentation slide, event photos, and the participant survey results at the 2014 archive page.