From Math Class to Manufacturing: How Michigan Wins With Software

On December 4, sponsored an event in Detroit to celebrate the economic impact of software in Michigan and discuss ways to encourage growth in the industry. Sandy Baruah from the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce gave opening remarks on how Detroit’s industries have benefited from software innovations. The event then moved to a panel discussion: John DeMarco from IBM, Josh Hunt from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Ned Staebler from TechTown Detroit, and Stewart Thornhill from the University of Michigan explored how Michigan has evolved as a manufacturing hub to also become a tech hub. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder closed out the event, where he talked about how to continue preparing Michigan’s workforce for high-tech jobs and the important role of education.


  • Keynote: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
  • Sandy Baruah, President, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Panel Discussion:
    • John DeMarco, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Global Business Services
    • Josh Hundt, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
    • Ned Staebler, President and CEO, TechTown Detroit
    • Stewart Thornhill, Executive Director, Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, University of Michigan Ross School of Business

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Photos from the event are available here.

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