Mobile Monday Michigan Kicks Off 2012: “Going Mobile: From idea, to development, to finished product” is the title of the year’s first Mobile Monday Michigan meeting. Learn how to identify the right mobile development firm to work with, how to present your idea to them and protect your interests, and everything a developer will need to know to help you achieve your goal. Go through the mobile development process from idea to finished product. Learn how the process really works from a panel of seasoned mobile developers who will tell you exactly what they need to know in order to provide you with the mobile app or mobile website that meets your firm’s needs. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required at The event will be held at Compuware headquarters, located at 1 Campus Martius in Detroit at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9. Free parking is available (with ticket validation at sign-in) in Compuware’s parking deck directly behind the headquarters building, and refreshments will be served. Mobile Monday Detroit is sponsored by Mobile Monday Michigan, Compuware and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan. Mobile Monday Michigan, a division of the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, is a branch of Mobile Monday, an international community of mobile industry visionaries, developers, influential individuals, and users fostering cooperation and cross-company business development. More at

Summit on Connected Vehicles Returns: The Connected Vehicle Trade Association, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation, is hosting The Third International Summit on the State of the Connected Vehicle with a Primary Focus on Policy and Strategy for Deployment. The event will be held Jan. 18 and 19 at the Troy Marriott. The first half day will emphasize policy, funding, issues and strategies to accelerate deployments regionally and internationally, and the second full day will address near term business opportunities, interoperability and insurance telematics. The Summit brings together senior executives and policy officials from government and industry with responsibility for the deployment and operation of Connected Vehicle programs systems and products. Presenters from Europe, Asia and North America will provide perspectives from their respective regions. In addition, major corporate business leaders from automotive companies, the technology supplier community and communication companies will discuss the business and partnering opportunities in this rapidly evolving environment. This event will bring together the international public and private sector leadership with responsibility for deployment in the connected vehicle environment. In addition, business leaders from automotive companies, the technology supplier community, and communication companies will discuss the business and partnering opportunities in this rapidly evolving environment. Conference fee will be $350 for the one-and-one-half day event. More at

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West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast Coming: Two Grand Valley State University economic experts will discuss trends in West Michigan health care at the 2012 West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast, sponsored by Grand Valley. Hari Singh, professor of economics, and Paul Isely, professor and chairperson of economics, will give a presentation followed by a panel discussion on health care predictions for 2012. The forecast will take place Friday, Jan. 6 from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium of Grand Valley State University’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus, 401 W. Fulton St. The event is also sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan. For more information visit RSVP to Jason De Long at or (616) 331-2729.

Ann Arbor Spark Sets Marketing Roundtable: Ann Arbor Spark will kick off its 2012 marketing roundtable season from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 with the ever-popular Town Hall forum, a lively Q&A session that’s always timely and topical. Meet the “Knights” of the Marketing Roundtable who will field your questions on advertising, branding, marketing, PR, search, and more. The event is free and will be held at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St. Ann Arbor. Register at

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Ann Arbor Spark Offers Business Law and Order Event: Ann Arbor Spark will present “Business Law & Order: Intellectual Property (Part II): The Keys to Technology Licensing” Monday, Jan. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, from 5 to 7 p.m. This is the sequel to Spark’s popular IP-1 session in October 2011. In this installment, we will provide info on technology licensing and university technology transfer. Mark Malven of Dykema Gossett PLLC will explain the essentials entrepreneurs need to understand about technology licensing. Jim Deane from the University of Michigan Tech Transfer Office will talk about the many opportunities that exist for entrepreneurs to acquire cutting edge technology from universities, and how to work with university tech transfer offices. Register for this free event at

Ann Arbor Spark offers BioArbor: Ann Arbor Spark and MichBio will present “BioArbor – Harnessing Information Technology to Create Breakthroughs in Healthcare” from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Spark Central, 330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. For more information, visit

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Startup Weekend Ann Arbor Returns: The University of Michigan’s MPowered Entrepreneurship will present “Startup Weekend Ann Arbor” Jan. 20. For more information, visit