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.

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A day-long program of inspiring speakers and brainstorming was held on January 22, 2015, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Sixty-five lab and center directors from across campus and diverse disciplines gathered to discuss the challenges they face and the potential opportunities ahead. This event was co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Future of Information Alliance, and the Clarice Performing Arts Center. #UMDFuture


Congratulations to the FIA-Deutsch Seed Grant Competition award winners! The four interdisciplinary teams of FIA-Deutsch Seed Grant Fellows include 18 students and eight faculty mentors from nine UMD colleges and schools!

See the award-winning teams here »

Next Seed Grant Event:
May 6, 2015
Final Presentations

Special Events Room (6173)
McKeldin Library
10am - 12pm


Over 130 learners and designers of all ages spent two days shaping and designing the future of learning. Future-ists inspired us during a panel discussion and 12 teams of kids and adults created low-tech prototypes, videos, mock-ups for software, websites to demonstrate their ideas. Congratulations to Team Learners on winning for their prototype model of a Google Glass-augmented 3D-printed animal dissection lab!

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Hosted by the Barrie School and led by the Future of Information Alliance, the Library of Congress, the National Geographic Society, the National Park Service, and the Newseum.