Open.Michigan Upcoming Events

Open.Michigan is partnering with several organizations in the next few weeks to host some exciting opportunities to learn some skills, get involved in your community and do good. We’d also like to promote an awesome April event that is hosted by the Copyright Office. Feel free to RSVP and attend any or all of these events.

Thursday, March 24 6-8 pm

Develop a Participant Tracking System for Nonprofits and Community Organizations

University of Michigan, North Quad room 1255

Community organizations often host events that bring people together in a safe, productive environment. But these organizations need a way to track their participants and to ensure they’re providing the best possible experience to their community.

Join the Community Information Corps and Open.Michigan as we brainstorm how to develop a participant tracking system based on the needs of two area organizations: the Neutral Zone and the Ruth Ellis Center. During this event, participants will

  • Identify opportunities for how this system can be developed and begin the design process.
  • Brainstorm and design prototypes for the system.
  • Pitch your design to representatives from the Neutral Zone and the Ruth Ellis Center!

Dinner will be served. Please RSVP:

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Saturday, March 26 10 am-1 pm

Learn Arduino!

All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Learn Arduino! Open.Michigan, All Hands Active, Ingenuitas and MLibrary’s Copyright Office are teaming up to provide students and community members a free hands-on introduction to the open hardware phenomenon Ardunio. This tool has been growing in popularity over the years. It’s a cheap, easy to learn tool you can use to make your own smart interactive devices. Want to check it out?

What to Expect

10 am: Learn about the folks behind the Open.Michigan initiative, All Hands Active (AHA), Ingenuitas and the MLibrary Copyright Office and why we care about open activities.

11 am: Introduction to Arduino and then get hands-on experience with Arduino kits donated by AHA and Ingenuitas. Be prepared to learn together and share kits.

Coffee and breakfast goodies will be served. Please RSVP:

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Friday April 8th, 7 PM

Copyright Criminals: Can You Own a Sound?

With Special Guests: Peter DeCola and Amer Ahmed

University of Michigan North Quad, room 2435

See the acclaimed film Copyright Criminals ( that takes a hard look at the debate over musical sampling, artistic expression, copyright law, and money. Following the movie there will be a discussion with Peter DiCola and Amer Ahmed.

Peter is the co-author of Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling. DiCola received his JD and PhD in economics at the University of Michigan and is Assistant Professor of Law at Northwestern Law. Amer is the Associate Director of the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs and Trotter Multicultural Center and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Hip Hop Congress.

This show is part of a year-long series from MPublishing on the use of Creative Commons licenses. This event is made possible with support from the Kresge Business Library.

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