Attend a Summit on Collaboration and Resource Sharing:¬†Register now for the Michigan Collaboration Summit 2013, a one-day summit on the challenges and rewards of inter-organizational information technology collaboration, held at Washtenaw Community College on Tuesday, March 5. This will be a unique opportunity to discuss the opportunities of IT collaboration, confront the challenges, and hear from organizations that have explored or implemented collaborative solutions. Merit members can attend for a two-for-one price of just $69. Registration for this special event is limited to 150, so please register early to ensure your place. The summit will be kicked off by keynote speaker Greg Jackson. Until the end of 2012, Greg served as vice president and a member of the executive team at Educause, the principal information technology organization in higher education. Previous to that he was chief information officer at the University of Chicago, director of academic computing at MIT, and a faculty member at Stanford and Harvard. This summit will take a broad view of the concept of collaboration. Collaboration can mean specific projects between organizations to build shared solutions, but can also include interest groups on specific topics, ongoing relationships between organizations in a geographic region, or temporary fact-finding groups. The agenda will include opportunities to discuss common issues with others from your organizational type, meet your geographic neighbors, seek collaborators on specific projects, and come away with a list of contacts who are open to working and learning together. We will carefully consider the question of “what comes next” so that this event can serve as a starting point for continuing action. The summit is designed to benefit decision-makers in information technology at colleges, universities, K-12 districts, government agencies, health care organizations and non-profits. The event will foster discussion and action between organizations that are looking for creative ways to meet their needs on a number of fronts. You are invited to propose a presentation for the summit or to volunteer as a roundtable discussion leader. Your case studies in implementing collaborative efforts are especially welcome, as are your ideas on hosting a discussion on a particular area of interest. If you are interested in contributing to the event in this way, please send email to The Michigan Collaboration Summit 2013 will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at the Morris Lawrence Building on the campus of Washtenaw Community College. The college is located at 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. The agenda will begin with continental breakfast at about 8:15 a.m., with presentations and discussions following from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks. Please contact for more information.


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