New information technologies are transforming life in cities across Michigan and around the world. This is the webpage for two regular events held in Ann Arbor, Michigan which feature a discussion of how new technologies are impacting community engagement, planning, and citizenship in cities. The events, co-hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Information and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, are:

Urban Informatics Unconference

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A half-day free event held in the fall of 2015, 2017 and future odd-numbered years which follows an open space format to facilitate collaboration. The primary audience are University of Michigan affiliates, but the event is open to professionals and community members. Around 100 students, faculty, and local participants participated in our inaugural 2015 event.


A one-day conference held in the fall in 2014, 2016, and future even-numbered years, aimed at students, faculty, practitioners, and citizens interested in applying new information tools and methods in their communities. These conferences feature a keynote, formal program, paid registration, and sponsor opportunities. The two previous events each attracted over 120 participants. The next event will be held in 2018.