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Sep 29 - 30, 2015

"Michigan’s comeback is in full swing and IT is playing a huge part, so don’t miss this year’s Michigan Digital Government Summit. We are celebrating the 13th year of Michigan’s premier IT event for public sector professionals. State government is now making ongoing strategic investments in IT to the tune of nearly $50 million annually, so it’s more important than ever that we collaborate and network to ensure we are all working together to guarantee success. Don’t miss this chance to think strategically and help set the direction for better government."

- David Behen, Director, Department of Technology, Management and Budget, State of Michigan


Tuesday, September 29


8:00 am

Registration and Morning Refreshments

9:00 am

Opening Remarks

David Behen, Director and State Chief Information Officer, Department of Technology, Management & Budget


9:15 am

Opening Keynote – Find Your Voice

Jim Meskimen, Master Impressionist and Communication Coach

Today’s culture emphasizes the value of teamwork and collaboration, sometimes at the expense of the individual. This is particularly true in the IT arena where you can sometimes find yourself stereotyped, or even worse, not taken seriously by potential stakeholders. What good are insights and solutions if your words get lost in the crowd? You need to make sure that you’re heard! Jim Meskimen has spent the past 30 years studying the most famous, creative and interesting people in modern times. In this fascinating and hilarious session, Jim discusses – and illustrates – the traits and methods used by some of the best and most charismatic communicators in the world. Don’t settle for being “one of the crowd”. YOU have a unique identity. YOU have a voice!


10:15 am



10:45 am

Concurrent Sessions


Mobility Trends

We’ve passed a tipping point. Internet usage on mobile devices has now surpassed desktop access, meaning that IT has to think mobile-first (and perhaps ultimately mobile-only) in almost everything it does. This session discusses where we’re headed and how to keep up in an increasingly mobile world.


Leveraging Big Data with Meaningful Analytics

Society’s appetite for data is downright insatiable. It’s estimated that the world’s information doubles every 18 months, and this is certainly true in the public sector. Government agencies have no shortage of data from which to extract actionable insights. This session looks at how to capitalize on existing data by using sharper analytics to drive smarter decisions.


What the Cloud Means Today

Back in the early days, the Cloud was merely a way to share information. Today, almost anything can be delivered via the Cloud “as a service”: software, mobile apps, infrastructure, storage, platforms, data, you name it. The possibilities and configurations are endless, and they introduce a variety of opportunities and challenges. This session explores the nature of cloud computing today and what it means to government organizations.


Michigan’s Connected Corridor

Detroit’s highways are set to become one of the largest vehicle-to-infrastructure communication testing grounds in the world. General Motors, Ford and the University of Michigan are working with MDOT to test ways for vehicles to talk to each other and their surroundings in order to prevent crashes and save lives. This session provides the latest news about this pioneering technology project.


12:00 pm



1:00 pm

General Session – Energy, Technology and the Future

Roger Duncan, Research Fellow, Energy Institute, University of Texas

Technology and energy are inextricable. They evolve – or fail to evolve – mutually, and their combined impact on society is incalculable. Today we are headed for an entirely new form of “Industrial Revolution”. Technology megatrends such as nanotechnology, robotics, embedded intelligence, smart buildings and the “Internet of Everything” will dramatically alter the social landscape, as will extraordinary advances in energy production and storage. Some of it may be more hype than reality at this point, but there are some serious game-changers already in play and many more to come. In this session, nationally known energy and technology expert Roger Duncan explores the road ahead and discusses government’s complex balancing act in keeping our nation safe, secure and prosperous.


2:00 pm



2:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions


You’ve Been Hacked! Now What?

Sometimes, despite all efforts, systems are breached and it can happen to anyone at any time. There are vital things to know in order to minimize the potential harm and there are critical courses of action to follow after the fact to contain the damage. Some of these guidelines are universal and some are unique to Michigan. This session covers what to do (and what not to do) if a worst-case scenario happens to you.


Internet of Things

In an increasingly connected society, smart devices, gadgets and sensors are ubiquitous and inescapable. The implications are both exciting and staggering. This session explores some of the technologies that are sweeping across society and the opportunities and challenges they bring to our communities.


Cloud Dos and Don’ts

The paradigm has already shifted, and just about every organization has ventured into the Cloud in one way or another. Some attempts have been more successful than others, and valuable lessons have been learned by both government and private industry in recent years. This session focuses on practices that work and pitfalls to avoid.


2:45 pm 

Sponsor Briefing

(Industry sponsors only.) This informal roundtable briefing is hosted by State CIO David Behen.


3:45 pm

Executive Reception

Network with your colleagues and discuss technology solutions with the event exhibitors.



Wednesday, September 30



8:00 am

Registration and Morning Refreshments


9:00 am

Opening Remarks

Sandy Jurek, Chief Information Officer, Macomb County


9:15 am

Keynote Speaker

To Be Determined


10:15 am



10:45 am

Fast Track Sessions


A Game of Drones

Once you leave your house or even connect to the Internet you’re in the public domain and there are digital eyes everywhere. Whether that’s good or bad depends on one’s point of view. But drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) bring a whole new element to the equation. This session discusses the issues, challenges and opportunities raised by what is sure to be a game-changing technology in government.


Disruptive Technologies

In the eternal quest to increase efficiency and save costs, technology continues to blaze new trails. What is the next big thing? What new technologies have the potential to revolutionize government operations and services? This lively session provides a glimpse into the future and the technologies that might lead the way.


Innovation in Michigan

As technology marches on and continues to transform society in countless ways, we each have the choice to lead, follow or get out of the way.  Option number one is definitely the most rewarding.  It's not always easy to embrace the process of reinvention, but is there really any other choice in the long run?  This session looks at some novel approaches for inspiring and engaging employees, stakeholders, businesses and citizens to think outside the box and safely venture beyond comfort zones. 


12:00 pm

End of Conference


Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.