The Alliance will be a catalyst for transdisciplinary dialogue and research on evolving issues related to the role of information in our lives. By identifying shared challenges and encouraging innovative solutions, the Alliance seeks to facilitate a future in which information in all its forms can be an effective resource for everyone.

Priorities for the
Future of Information

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FIA receives support from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation

RT @FIAumd: Want to learn more about #FIAumd Shaping The Future of Learning Challenge? Read the FAQ and register for Dec 5-6! (via @ichinoy)

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The Future of Information Alliance @ the University of Maryland


December 5-6, 2014

Barrie School
13500 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

A 2-day event to shape and design the future of learning. Take the challenge, form a team, and win. Learners and designers of all ages are welcome!


Congratulations to the FIA-Deutsch Seed Grant Competition semifinalist teams! They include 64 students and faculty mentors from 11 UMD colleges and schools!

See the semifinalist teams here »

Next Seed Grant Event:
December 10, 2014
Seed Grant Semifinalists compete to be one of four winning teams!
Special Events Room (6173), McKeldin Library
10am - 12pm

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DataBay: "Reclaim the Bay"
Innovation Challenge

Governor's Cup Awarded

Congratulations to Team BayBucks on winning the Governor's Cup! Programmers, scientists, civic hackers and students created data-driven applications to increase public engagement and aid in Chesapeake Bay restoration at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on August 1-3, 2014. Four finalist teams then competed for the Governor's Cup at the State House on August 27.

View Team Projects »
Watch Finalist Team Videos »
Read Baltimore Sun Article »

Initiated by Governor O'Malley, organized by the Future of Information Alliance, hosted by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency