Thank You!

Thank you to the over 120 speakers, volunteers, and registered attendees for making #micities a success! We have posted the final program and copies of many of the speakers’ presentations to the program page. In addition, view photos from the event, and the participant survey results.

Conference Information

New information technologies are transforming life in cities across Michigan and around the world. After decades of development, citizens now wield smartphones and laptops, homes and offices are wired with broadband, and city planners and managers can choose from an expanding array of consultants and systems. 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. Join a diverse group of public officials, citizens, entrepreneurs, activists and scholars interested in how new technology can reinvent citizenship, improve urban planning, and revitalize cities in Michigan and beyond at #micities on Saturday, October 4 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The event is co-hosted by the University of Michigan’s School of Information and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The conversation will span the fields of civic engagement, public administration, and urban planning.

Keynote Speaker and Program

The program has been posted. Our keynote speaker will be Garlin Gilchrist, Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement at the City of Detroit.

The event includes speakers from the following organizations:

  • Data Driven Detroit
  • Detroit Digital Stewards
  • Detroit Future City
  • Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.
  • City of Ann Arbor
  • City of Ferndale
  • Open Technology Institute
  • Michigan Suburbs Alliance
  • UM Citizen Interaction Design Project
  • UM School of Information
  • UM Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning