The ShiftMich Idea Slam: A Unique Event to Bring Out Innovative Education Ideas and Fund Them

This post was originally published at on March 9, 2015.

An emerging network, known as ShiftMich, is forming within the Michigan educator community and it’s out to connect the innovative people in Michigan schools. In just ten days, ShiftMich is making its debut with a unique event: the Idea Slam.

shiftmich idea slamMichigan has its largest educational technology conference coming up next week, organized by the MIchigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL,) in Detroit. The event will bring several thousand educators from across the state of Michigan and beyond together for a three-day affair. From keynotes, to featured presentations, to breakout sessions and more, #MACUL15 week is primed to be one of the best experiences of the year.

That’s why the folks behind ShiftMich are asking: what better time than now; what better place than here?

The Idea Slam is a fast-paced “pitch fest” and networking event for educators. Selected projects will be presented and attendees will vote on their favorite ideas. Winning projects will receive up to $1,000 towards their innovative educational idea. The rest of the evening is an informal meet-up with fun conversations and the opportunity to meet other like-minded educators during the conference week.

The concept of the Idea Slam was inspired by the Detroit Soup and TED Conference formats, but you don’t need to bring anything or have any specific “ideas” to attend!

All you need to be a part of this first-of-a-kind unique event during MACUL week is be a Michigan educator who is ready to…connect with others and be inspired!

If you believe in innovation in education…meet in Detroit at the Idea Slam.


Thursday, March 19th, 7:30-11pm (after the MACUL party at Cobo Hall)


1529 Broadway Street | Detroit, MI


  • 7:30pm | Doors open
  • 8:00pm | Opening remarks
  • 8:15pm | Idea Slam pitches
  • 9:00pm | Voting
  • 9:15pm | Winners announced
  • 9:15-11:00pm | Networking and idea sharing

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