Merit Events
Merit hosts a variety of events to bring together Merit Community Members with similar needs and interests, to build strong peer relationships, to share knowledge and expertise, and to recognize Merit Community Member successes.
Community of Practices

MITE Forum
The Michigan Information Technology Executive (MITE) Forum is a community in which managers and executives of education institutions can get help with problems, share best practices, develop professionally, help others grow, and gain inspiration from their peers through regular meetings and discussion.

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The Security Community of Practicing Experts (SCOPE) Community of Practice is intended as a resource for individuals who have the role of chief information security officer or the equivalent in their organization. SCOPE provides a platform to share experiences, exchange best practices and gain knowledge. To join SCOPE, please submit an application form.

Innovation Groups
Merit Innovation Groups bring Members and Merit staff together for in-depth discussions on topics important to the Merit Community. Topics include Member service needs, cybersecurity concerns, networking and new information technology advances. If you are interested in being part of a Merit Innovation Group:
Past Merit Conferences and Events
May 17 – 18, 2017  
The Merit Member Conference and the Michigan Cyber Range Conference merged into one signature event!
The event featured nationally-respected keynote speakers and engaging presentations on new technologies, networking, cybersecurity and more, taking place over three days: May 17 – Merit Member Only Day, May 18 – The Michigan Cyber Range, and May 19 – Specialized Add-On Workshops.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
The Michigan Cyber Range thanks everyone who attended the fourth annual MCRCon. The security conference focused on hacking prevention, incident handling, forensics and post-event public relations, with presentations made by nationally-recognized experts and a cybersecurity skills competition.


Wednesday & Thursday, May 11-12, 2016
The 2016 Merit Member Conference was our biggest yet! The MMC featured nationally-respected keynote speakers, engaging presentations on new technologies and many networking opportunities. We commemorated 50 years of Merit with an anniversary celebration.


Merit 50th Anniversary Celebration
50 Years of Innovation & Collaboration
We honored Merit’s 50th Anniversary with a celebration on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. The event followed the first day of the Merit Member Conference (MMC).

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate five decades of technology innovation and community building!


Past Summits
Monday, November 7, 2016  
The 2016 Merit Security Summit brought together cybersecurity leaders from a diverse base of industries and sectors to share their expertise and to collaborate on new innovations.
The Security Summit agenda also featured a guest panel who discussed the new Cyber Range Hub program, with representatives from the first round of new Hub installations participating.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016  
Merit President and CEO Joe Sawasky debuted the Merit Digital Commons – a new virtual social space created to facilitate communication and cooperation between Merit Members.
The Summit also featured presentations on collaboration techniques and best practices, and provided the opportunity to network with other Merit Members and staff, as well as vetted vendors.

Merit Webinars
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Merit Professional Development is pleased to offer informational webinars on a variety of topics, free to view by the Member Community.

Thank you to the Merit Community Supporters for promoting learning and technology transfer for Merit Members