Semester in Detroit Fall Application Deadline is on March 31st.
Semester in Detroit Fall Application Deadline is on March 31st.
Online technologies are increasingly hailed as enablers of entrepreneurship and income generation.
Recent evidence suggests, however, that even the best such tools disproportionately favor those with pre-existing entrepreneurial advantages and little is known about such technologies impact the day-to-day work of entrepreneurs in resource-constrained contexts. We present two studies. In one study, we use participatory action research to investigate why this might be, in an intimate, close-up context. We found from this investigation that in addition to technical requirements, a range of non-technological efforts is needed to manage projects, build self-efficacy, and otherwise support community participants. Our findings offer a counterpoint to overgeneralized claims about well-designed technologies being able to address certain classes of social challenges. For our second study, we performed a qualitative study involving interviews with 26 micro-entrepreneurs and observations of entrepreneurship events. We found that micro-entrepreneurs in Detroit are often pushed into entrepreneurship in response to unexpected life disruptions, barriers to employment, and desire to benefit the community. Their resource-constrained contexts shape how they use social technologies, such as sharing economy tools and social media groups, particularly with respect to privacy, safety, and professional agency.
Tawanna Dillahunt, Assistant Professor, School of Information
Julie Hui, Assistant Professor, School of Information
The Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.
Join the 100,000+ people worldwide who have participated in the Women in Data Science (WiDS) movement at our regional conference on Monday, March 2 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.
Women in Data Science-Detroit is an independent event presented by General Motors, Domino’s and the University of Michigan-Dearborn to coincide with the annual Global WiDS Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.
This technical conference provides an opportunity to hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a number of domains and connect with others in the field.
Apply by this deadline to have your application considered earlier than those submitted to the main deadline!
The 10th Annual Detroit Impact Conference is sponsored by the Detroit Revitalization and Business Club at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. This conference will be an exploration of the history and future of Detroit at a critical juncture of revitalization and development.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Rebuilding a World Class City.” This theme seeks to highlight the fact that Detroit has been, and will once again be a thriving and globally recognized urban center. The narrative arc of the conference will connect the highs and lows of Detroit’s past with it’s fast moving, dynamic present and aspirations for the future. It will explore innovation across industries (established and emerging) and at different levels of scale and space (from large corporate expansions to small business driven revitalization of neighborhood main streets). Across these conversations, attendees will be encouraged to consider the interaction of historical, economic, and policy contexts. Through this theme, the conference seeks to: 1) showcase the wide variety of innovative developments currently happening across Detroit and 2) inspire students to be thoughtful, considerate citizens and contributors as they engage with the city.
8:30am – 9:30am
Arrival and Check-in
9:30am – 10:00am
Opening Keynote: Discussing of Detroit’s history to contextualize present revitalization
10:15am – 10:45 am
Detroit’s Rising Industries: Overview of major industry trends that are diversifying and strengthening the present and future composition of Detroit’s economy.
11am – Noon
Industry Breakouts I: Healthcare, Mobility, and Big Tech
Noon – 1pm
Lunch and Project Showcase
1pm – 2pm
Industry Breakouts II: Clean Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, and Tech Entrepreneurship & Startups
2:15pm – 3:15pm
Revitalizing Main Street: Panel discussion with small business owners and entrepreneurs who are driving essential development in Detroit’s neighborhoods.
3:30pm – 4:45pm
Envisioning Future Detroit: Closing discussion of the opportunities, challenges, and objectives for the eveolving shape of the city, from commercial corridors to infrastructure to affordable housing
4:45pm – 5pm
5pm – 8 pm
Evening Reception: Join peers, speakers, and alumni for a celebration of Detroit and the 10th Annual Impact Conference at an event space in downtown Detroit
Exploring the history and future of Detroit in a time of massive revitalization
This marks the 10th annual conference, this year focusing on connecting the narrative of Detroit’s past challenges with current events and future aspirations across key industries and issue areas.
In addition to featuring business and policy executives across mobility, advanced manufacturing, tech, and small business development, the conference will close with a panel discussion between CEOs and Executive Directors from key development entities in Detroit, including Bedrock, Invest Detroit, Detroit Future City, and the City of Detroit.
Up to date agenda and list of speakers can be found on the conference website
8:30 – 9:30AM | Arrival and Check-In
9:30 – 10:00AM | Opening Keynote Discussion of Detroit’s history to contextualize present revitalization from Mary Culler, President of Ford Fund (Ford Motor Company) and Sandy Baruah, CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
10:15AM – 10:45AM | Detroit’s Rising Industries Overview of major industry trends that are diversifying and strengthening the present and future composition of Detroit’s economy
11:00AM – 12:00PM | Industry Breakouts I Concurrent breakout panels highlighting innovation across business and policy in key sectors
Mobility Innovation in Michigan
Diversity and Inclusion in “Big Tech”
12:00PM – 1:00PM | Lunch & Project Showcase Self-guided exhibits of consulting projects completed by R&B Club Impact Project Teams for Detroit non-profits, including GreenLight Fund, Belle Isle Conservancy, Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Arts & Scraps, Detroit Impact, and Detroit Experience Factory
1:15PM – 2:15PM | Industry Breakouts II
2:30PM – 3:30PM | Revitalizing “Main Street” Panel discussion with small business owners and entrepreneurs who are driving essential development in Detroit’s neighborhoods
3:30PM – 4:45PM | Envisioning Future Detroit Closing discussion of the opportunities, challenges, and objectives for the evolving shape of the city, from commercial corridors to infrastructure and affordable housing
4:45PM – 5:00PM | Closing Remarks
5:30 – 7:30PM | Evening Reception at Detroit Beer Company Join peers, speakers, and alumni for a celebration of Detroit and the 10th Annual Impact Conference
Ticket price includes bus transportation to and from the venue in Detroit, lunch during the conference, and admission to and refreshments at the post-conference reception at a TBC bar near the conference venue.
Buses will depart Ross for Detroit at 8:00am and 8:30am, and will return at 5:00pm (immediately after conference) and 7:30/8:00pm (after reception).
Detroit Revitalization & Business Club
The General Management Club
Business + Impact at Ross
Join us for our Winter 2019 Detroiters Speak series: Whose Safety? Policing Minds, Bodies, and Borders in Detroit.
Each week will feature different Detroit-based speakers and guests who will explore the given topic and engage the students through a combination of formal remarks, presentations, and public discussion.
Light dinner provided; free transportation from Ann Arbor to Detroit; public welcome and encouraged to attend.
Free Parking provided in WSU lot 62.
For more information, please click here.
Dates: Feb 7, 14, 21,28; March 21, 28; April 4, 11
Location: Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass Ave.
Entrepreneurs “R” Us: Learn more about Detroit’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
– Roslyn Karamako, CEO of Detroit is the New Black
– Fares Ksebati, CEO of MySwimPro
– Ishma Best, Director of Sales & Leasing at Century Partners
– Kwaku Osei, CEO of Cooperative Capital
– Stella Saffari, CEO of Zapenda
Join us Friday evening for a lecture by Mike Duggan, Mayor of the City of Detroit.
Duggan, born in Detroit, has spent his entire career working in the city to solve some of the most complex issues facing Detroiters, including crime, blight and access to jobs.
As Mayor, Duggan continues to be accessible to residents, attending at least one home gathering each week to help him keep in touch with Detroit residents, their needs and their evaluation of the city’s progress.
This interactive workshop series introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways–with an emphasis on working with communities in Washtenaw County.
This workshop is open to all students, including ones in small classes or student organizations with less than 10 students.