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Maker Groups

  • Maker Works

    Member-based workshop (requires a fee) for small businesses, entrepreneurs, tradespeople, skilled workers, artists, makers, and hobbyists.

    Maker Works has a cornucopia of tools available to members for working with wood, crafts, metal, and circuits. The staff and members are very friendly! They teach tool safety and basic usage classes for the public. Tours are free, and you have to see their 10,000+ sq ft space to believe it.

  • GO Tech

    Group for people who are interested in and make things using technology, whether that's a metal-cutting lathe or a Python script.

  • Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

    A community-scale version of the big Maker Faires in Detroit, San Francisco, and New York City. Free to attend, free to exhibit.

  • Ann Arbor Raspberry Pi

    Group for Raspberry Pi owners/developers in the Ann Arbor area.

  • Michigan Robot Club

    An informal group of robotics enthusiasts.

  • Makerbridge

    Online community for everyone interested in makerspaces and maker culture.

  • Electronic Lunch

    An interdisciplinary lunch-build-think-tank.

  • Festifools

    What would happen if a whole bunch of people made 20 foot tall puppets and paraded them down Main St one weekend a year? This is Festifools.

Technology Groups

  • a2geeks

    Nonprofit organization dedicated to making Ann Arbor a great place for creative and innovative people to live and work by opening the tech culture to everyone.

    A2Geeks is a nonprofit dedicated to making southeast Michigan and Ann Arbor in particular, a great place for geeks and creatives to live, work, and play. We support individuals and groups seeking to build community around issues or projects they are passionate about and to educate others in the area.

  • Ann Arbor Security Meetup (ArbSec)

    An informal meetup of information security professionals in Ann Arbor.

    For a city its size, Ann Arbor has a surprisingly active security community. ArbSec is an informal gathering of computer security enthusiast at local watering holes.

  • mi2600

    Michigan group for 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.

  • A2 New Tech

    Ann Arbor New Tech seeks to foster tech entrepreneurship by facilitating communication, providing access to resources, and creating community.

    Five presenters this month take the stage for ten minutes each, five minutes to demo and five minutes to answer questions, followed by open announcements and community networking. E-mail organizers at a2newtech.org if you'd like to present!

  • Ann Arbor Civic Tech

    Group to discuss how technology can be used to engage in civic activities.

  • Ann Arbor Computer Society

    Group for presentations and discussions covering a wide range of technology-related topics

  • Ann Arbor Bi Bim Bop

    "A2B3" is a networking/discussion/think-tank lunch group with an emphasis on technology.

  • LA2M

    Lunch group that meets to discuss the latest digital and new marketing trends, strategies, and techniques.

  • Mobile Monday Ann Arbor

    A chapter of Mobile Monday Michigan which focuses on encouraging innovation within the local mobile sector and helping local companies participate in initiatives through the import and export of visions, concepts, technologies, know-how and best practices.

  • Arrow Communication Association

    The oldest amateur radio (“ham”) club in Washtenaw and is dedicated to the promotion of amateur radio activities.

  • Learn Something

    Monthly event group focused on development, hobbies, etc hosted by Fanzoo Technology.

  • Hackers & Hustlers

    Community for conversations about entrepreneurship and Michigan's developing ecosystem.

  • A2GD

    Group which aims to bring local game designers together to share ideas, experiences, and design new games.

  • Machine Learning: Data, Science, and Industry

    Created with the goal to strengthen the communication between researchers, engineers, and business professionals who want to explore the opportunities created by machine learning.

  • Ann Arbor Customer Support & Success Meetup

    Meetup for customer-facing teams to discuss strategy, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid when interfacing with your customers.

  • Ann Arbor Video Interest Group

    Interest group for video producers/tech/etc.

  • A2 Mobility Tech

    A face-to-face community of people interested in mobility tech around Ann Arbor, specifically concerning the automobile as a mobile computing platform.

  • Agile Groupies

    Local user group serving anyone interested in Agile techniques and methods.

  • Ann Arbor Customer Experience Meetup

    Network with customer-facing teams and discuss strategy, best practices, and pitfalls.

  • Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Statistical Association

    Ann Arbor chapter of the ASA, with regular meetings open to anybody interested in statistics, data and analysis.

  • Apache Apex Ann Arbor Meetup

    Meetup for Apache's unified platform for big data stream and batch processing.

  • A2 Experience Design with Agile & Lean UX

    Lean UX/lean startup and agile development meetup.

  • Balance Team Ann Arbor

    Global movement of people who value multi-disciplinary collaboration and iterative delivery focused on customer value as a source for innovation.

  • Ann Arbor/Detroit NLPers

    Group for all Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML) researchers, students, practitioners and enthusiasts in the Ann Arbor and Detroit Areas.

  • AWS Michigan

    User's group with monthly meetings exploring topics related to Amazon EC2, S3, and other aspects of the cloud-computing platform.

  • Michigan Ethereum Meetup

    Meeting place for software developers, philosophers, entrepreneurs, and anyone else interested in smart contracts and blockchain tech.

  • Predictive Analytics - S.E. Michigan

    User group for predictive analytics, data mining, business analytics or analytics of any kind.

  • Ann Arbor Fintech Meetup

    Group for anyone interested in learning and sharing about all things at the intersection of finance and technology.

  • Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs

    Group for networking with Ann Arbor entrepreneurs.

  • Ann Arbor Design Group

    Ann Arbor Design Group is a collection of interdisciplinary designers (UI/UX, graphic, product, architecture, etc). We host speakers, show-and-tells, design jams, and other events to help designers and design students in Ann Arbor connect, learn, find work, and hire designers.

  • Ann Arbor UX Happy Hour

    This is an informal meetup group for UX professionals in the Ann Arbor area looking to network within the field.

  • eCommerce Ann Arbor

    eCommerce Ann Arbor focuses on encouraging innovation within the local eCommerce sector and helping local companies participate in initiatives through the import and export of visions, concepts, technologies, know-how and best practices.

  • Product Hunt Ann Arbor

    This group brings the Product Hunt community in Ann Arbor together.

  • Nightlife Arcade

    Leveraging the introvert-becomes-extrovert magic of multiplayer video games to mobilize Ann Arbor's tech, startup, and young professional community for social good.

  • Power Users Show & Tell

    Meetup for live demos of "tech wizardry".

  • Orchestructure

    Meetup for anyone remotely interested in what it takes to build, manage, and orchestrate modern infrastructure systems.

  • Write the Docs Ann Arbor

    Group of people who care about making the user experience awesome by delivering excellent documentation.

  • Criteo Ann Arbor - Tech Talks

    Dedicated to discussing (but not limited to) innovative technologies & applications that are relevant to the field of computational advertising & online e-commerce.

Un/conferences

  • Ignite Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor's Ignite-style (5 minutes, 20 slides) presentation series.

    Speakers get 5 minutes to share their nerdy passion. The audience gets their brains filled with amazing stories. What more could you ask for?

  • Nerd Nite Ann Arbor

    Monthly event held in more than 60 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along.

    Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along.

  • Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series

    The Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to conduct a public lecture and engage with the Ann Arbor community.

  • The Exposure Series

    The Exposure Series is an ongoing interdisciplinary presenter series based off the PechaKucha Night framework.

  • TEDxUofM

    The University of Michigan's TEDx series. (Attendance to the main event is not free.)

  • World Information Architecture Day

    Events centered around those who specialize in the design and construction of shared information environments.

  • Quasicon

    Quasicon is an annual, one-day conference devoted to discussing libraries (requires a fee). Librarians, information professionals with an interest in libraries, and graduate students gather from around southeast Michigan to exchange ideas about what libraries are, how they have changed, and how they will continue to evolve.

  • Duo Tech Talks

    Tech-centric talks covering a wide range of topics, hosted by Duo Security.

  • U-M LSA Complex Systems Seminar Series

    Seminar series from the University of Michigan focusing on the presentation of research of complex systems.

  • U-M School of Information Public Events

    The University of Michigan School of Information's public events include the Yahoo! Seminar Series, often focused on technology and philosophy, and the UMSI Makerfest.

  • Ignite UX Michigan

    An evening of 5 minute talks on a range of user experience related topics.

  • #micities

    Focuses on the interactions between government services, communities, information, and technology. (Requires a fee.)

  • Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program Events

    The University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's science and technology events, includes public events. (You'll need to filter their calendar for the approrpiate topics and public access.)

  • U-M Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Events

    Includes many public computer science related lectures, including a Distinguished Lecture Series.

  • U-M College of Engineering Integrative Systems and Design events

    Public, though not free, events concerning leadership, manufacturing, product development, etc.

  • U-M Ross School of Business Conferences

    Public conferences from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.

  • U-M Library Events

    Public events from the U-M Library.

  • Merit Professional Learning

    Events for professional learning, usually computer-centric (web development, IT, etc). (Requires fees.)

  • U-M ITS IT Events

    Public events from the University of Michigan's Information and Technology Services department, including the SUMIT security symposium and the Dissonance speaker series.

  • Wordcamp Ann Arbor

    Ann Arbor's own WordCamp, a casual conference with topics related to Wordpress.

  • Entre-SLAM!

    A business storytelling competition presenting stories of impact from entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them.

  • Positive Links Speaker Series

    Public speaker series featuring practical research-based strategies for building organizations that are high performing and bring out the best in people.

  • A2 Tech Trek

    Tour of Ann Arbor startups and emerging technology companies; including product demonstrations, showcase of innovation, food, and prizes.

  • Intermitten

    Conference exploring the intersection between creativity and innovation.

Hackathons

  • A2DataDive

    A2 DataDive is a 48-hour event held in service of several nonprofits who seek to explore their datasets and discover creative answers to their research questions.

  • Startup Weekend

    Hackathon where anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

  • Ann Arbor GiveCamp

    A weekend-long event where local technology experts, business professionals, and charity personnel come together to ease the burden of area non-profits through technology.

  • Code Michigan

    Three days with an army of civic-minded developers and designers creating amazing apps for Michigan.

  • A2 Health Hacks

    Healthcare hackathon focused on disease prevention in developing countries as well as underserved areas of developed countries.

  • MHacks

    One of the largest hackathons in the country, hosted at the University of Michigan

Infrastructure

  • Tech Brewery

    Facilities for rent to tech companies, startups, etc.

  • Workantile

    Facilities for rent to support the work and social needs of independent workers in the Ann Arbor area.

  • SPARK

    Ann Arbor incubator network.

  • Arbornet

    Non-profit organization which runs the world's longest running public access UNIX system, offering conferencing, real time chat, UNIX shell accounts, free email, web hosting, and more.

  • Michigan Rideshare

    An online matching service for commuters working in southeast Michigan to find carpool, vanpool, and bike partners quickly and securely.

  • Accelerate Michigan

    International business competition designed to bring together later stage entrepreneurial companies with local, national and international investors.

  • Grex

    Public access Unix and computer conferencing system, featuring ongoing bulletin board discussion areas (called conferences), multi-user chat channels, Internet email, and more.

  • The Awesome Foundation - Ann Arbor Chapter

    Each fully autonomous chapter supports "awesome" projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's trustees and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

  • University of Michigan Social Venture Fund

    Invests in and supports innovative companies that place social and environmental impact at the heart of their business model.

  • Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund

    Pre-Seed Venture Fund of Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

  • Michigan Angel Fund

    Focuses on providing funding to capital efficient early stage companies located in Michigan.

  • Ann Arbor Angels

    Membership organization of Angel investors that invest in early-stage innovation based companies, with a primary focus in Southeast Michigan.

  • Frankel Commercialization Fund

    Pre-seed investment fund established to identify and accelerate the commercialization of ideas generated within the surrounding community.

  • Plymouth Ventures

    Venture fund which invests in growth-stage companies in the Great Lakes region.

  • Desai Accelerator

    Startup accelerator (open to the public) from the University of Michigan.

  • The Brickyard

    Co-working space in Ann Arbor with desks for rent.

Job Hunting

Kids Hack Ann Arbor

  • TEDxYouth@AnnArbor

    TED event for high school students hosted by Ann Arbor Skyline High School.

  • Brain Monkeys

    Robotics and technology programs for kids, with an emphasis on understanding and education.

  • Rocks and Robots

    Engineering/robotics and outdoors/rock-climbing summer camp.

  • Game Start School

    Program to teach 3rd - 8th graders programming, digital art and game design.

  • iD Tech Camps - University of Michigan

    Kid's co-ed summer technology programs offered at the University of Michigan.

  • Digital Media Academy - University of Michigan

    Summer programs for kids who want a pre-collegiate experience at a college they’re interested in attending or who just want to get away for the summer and explore a new city.

  • Xplore Engineering

    Hands-on experience in a variety of engineering disciplines for 4th through 7th graders. While the program itself is targeted to the children of University of Michigan alumni, enrollment is open to the public.




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