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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Future of Information

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The Future of Information Alliance @ the University of Maryland


Help solve the information problems of today's world – win $25,000 to research and implement your ideas about the future of information.

Find out more about this year’s Seed Grant Competition:

  • Come see us at the First Look Fair: Look for the FIA tent on the Mall on September 17 and 18, get information and talk to us about your ideas for the Seed Grants.
  • Join us at the official Seed Grant Kickoff event on September 29, 2014 at 2pm in the Special Events Room (6173) of the McKeldin Library. Meet other student participants and mentors, form teams, discuss potential ideas with FIA partners and staff, hear from past Seed Grant winners and be inspired to form you own team and compete to win $25,000!

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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.

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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

We Remember Tim Schaffer

Tim was a FIA Partner and the Director of Technology and Sustainability at the Barrie School. Read More »

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