About Intermitten

Intermitten is a grassroots, volunteer-operated organization that was founded in 2016. Our mission is to unite the Midwest tech community, thoughtfully nurture its development, and highlight it as a hub of and destination for thought leadership in tech.

Intermitten events provide a platform for people of varying talents, backgrounds, and industries to explore and celebrate community, diversity, and creative collaboration. Our goals are mirrored by our host cities, which are hubs for the arts and emerging forces in technological innovation.

Intermitten is a non-profit in Michigan and will apply for 501(c)(3) status this year. Our Board of Directors is passionate about bolstering the Midwest tech community. Each Director donates their time and skills to making Intermitten events successful.

At Intermitten 2016 we explored these themes:

  • How technology can help power creative expression
  • How to extend the fuel of creativity beyond your work
  • How creativity can help you overcome business obstacles and give you a competitive advantage
  • How to channel the creative process
  • The benefits of doing work you love and work that matters

At Intermitten 2017 we explored these themes:

  • Persevering with passion
  • Creating collaboratively
  • Exploring the ethics embedded in what we create
  • Using our creativity for the greater good

For Intermitten 2018 we will be exploring these themes:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Community
  • Creative Collaboration

Thought Provoking

“It’s a well-run conference with a diverse set of speakers/topics. Great, thought-provoking event!”

Diverse Lineup

“The range of topics and expertise was incredible, the attention to social issues paramount, and the explicit inclusion of women, people of color, and queer identifying people transformative. It takes work to cultivate a diverse lineup and I so appreciate the efforts…to find people of different backgrounds, perspectives, and intersectional social identities.”

Improving My Skills

“Very wonderful event with a lot of great speakers!! The conference brought in many professional like-minded business individuals and covers a lot of interesting and important topics that can improve our business skills.”

Stepping Out Of The Box

“I felt inspired by all the amazing things the presenters are involved in. It makes me want to step out of the box and lead bravely.”

Inspired and Valuable Connections

“I’m still buzzing from excitement about this years Intermitten conference! The organization and planning that went into this event are absolutely awe-inspiring. From the selection of diverse speakers and relaxed networking with the inspiring movers and shakers of the industry, I took more away from this event I could have ever imagined. I became inspired professionally and personally, and made many valuable connections with people who share my values and align with my purpose.”

Hope to Return

“This was my first experience at Intermitten after years of wanting to attend and it did not disappoint! The selection of themes, diversity of speakers, rich discourse with audience members and speakers alike, and awesome atmosphere at a great venue was a pleasure to experience and it was a great to interact with a crowd of fellow professionals from diverse fields. 10/10 would recommend and hope to return next year.”

Never Felt Bored!

“The talks…were fantastic. I felt like there was a lot of diversity between the subject areas and I thought that the way the themes were split up into groups was a great way to organize the conference. I never felt bored and I thought that the day moved along at a good pace.”

Inspiring Stories and Impassioned People

“Intermitten created a space filled with inspiring stories and impassioned people that both reinforced and expanded my values with diverse, thoughtful perspectives.”

Making a Difference

“It made a difference – having people who experience the world differently…[give] talks that did not shy away from race and racism, sexism, and other salient social issues. As was evident in the Q&A sessions and in conversations I had with others during breaks and lunch, people are hungry to have these difficult but crucial conversations! In addition, the diversity of careers, expertise, and professional paths was terrific – there was relevance in every story I heard. Thank you for an invaluable experience, one I’m still processing, reflecting on, and feeling inspired by.”

Break From the Day-To-Day

“Intermitten is a much needed break from the day-to-day. It’s the perfect experience for anyone looking to take a step back and see the amazing things happening in the community around them, and anyone looking for things to get involved in if they’re trying to make the world around them a better place to exist.”


“I’d like to say how amazing Intermitten was! I felt like I was temporarily part of this innovative village. People coming together very openly with thoughts and ideas that really resonated with my values and expanded my world view. I left Intermitten recharged and with many new tools and ideas to better navigate my own path of personal and community empowerment.”