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Ira Chinoy <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 3 Oct 2016 16:09:23 -0400
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Subject: Compete for a FIA Innovation Spark Grant.

Create the Future of Virtual & Augmented Reality!

Compete for a FIA Innovation Spark Grant.
Tackle Real-World Problems.
Interdisciplinary Teams Win Up to $10,000!

Join Us to Learn More on Oct. 10th.

FIA Innovation Spark Grant Kickoff
Monday, October 10, 12:30-2pm
Knight Hall, Room 3202
University of Maryland, College Park

REGISTER TODAY for information, inspiration, and pizza!
Go here to register

The past year has seen rising interest in emerging technologies for immersive
experience and storytelling – 360-degree video, virtual reality and
augmented reality. While these tools can provide new ways of exploring our
world, their potential for research, problem solving and real-world
application remains largely untapped. How can this challenge become an
opportunity? When you compete as part of a team to win a $10,000 Innovation
Spark Grant from the Future of Information Alliance.

The year’s competition explores the ways "VR" and "AR" can tackle
real-world challenges. For example, can VR help address issues of trust
between police officers and citizens? Does 360-degree video hold the
potential for new forms of more powerful journalism? Can VR contribute to the
teaching of history in ways that may help engage students? Can AR help
artists connect with audiences in new ways? The outcomes might be VR or AR
projects, new tools, novel concepts or prototypes, or research findings that
could lead to practical applications and adoption and have the potential to
change lives.

Each winning project will tackle a compelling issue with an energetic team of
students, a faculty mentor, and an engaged outside Future of Information
Alliance collaborator, such as the Newseum, the National Park Service, the
Smithsonian, or Google.

Up to four teams of students and their faculty mentors from the University of
Maryland, College Park will be chosen this fall to receive up to $10,000 per
team to carry out a project during the spring semester.

Learn more here

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