UPDATE 9/27: See the Full Conference Program
UPDATE 10/8: Posted Conference Presentations

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 Utopia. This 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.

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

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting this important dialogue!

This one-day conference is aimed at students, faculty, practitioners, and citizens interested in applying new information tools and methods in their communities.

9:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast 

10:00 Welcome
Cliff Lampe, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information

10:15 Keynote address
DIGITAL MASTER PLANNING: An Emerging Strategic Practice in Global Cities
  Anthony Townsend, Founder, Bits and Atoms LLC

11:30 Lightning Talks
Kevin Liberman, A walk to the park: challenging the euclidean
Adam Engstrom, Ethics of Designing with Open Data
Ivoire Morrell, CUTGroup Detroit: Building better technology through civic engagement
Michigan Data Science Team, Data Analysis of the Flint water Crisis 
Samuel Krassenstein, Taking the First Steps Toward a Smart City

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Breakout session 1
The Changing Nature of Civic Engagement: Data Politics and Framing Alternatives
Josh Akers, Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban and Regional Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Confessions of a Civic Engagement Luddite
Scott TenBrink, Citizen Interaction Design Program Manager, University of Michigan
Flint TIMELINE Project
Chris Houseman & A2CivTech Team

2:30 Breakout session 2
Using Hybridity to Advance Participatory Practices in Public Organizations
  Tanya M. Kelley, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan School of Information
Engaging Citizens in Public Policy Decisions: How a Governor-appointed commission utilized information tools
  Therese Empie, Strategy Advisor, Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder
Smart Cities Panel with SeeClickFix and MS2
  Samuel Krassenstein, MBA/MUP Candidate, University of Michigan

3:30 Closing Plenary
Engaging the Modern Citizen
  Wayne Burke, Executive Director, Open Forum Foundation & Cognizant Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

4:30 Closing remarks
Cliff Lampe, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information