iSchool Hosts 5th Annual Info Challenge

Hayleigh Moore - April 7, 2022

This week-long event engaged students from across the region in cybersecurity, design, and data analytics projects to tackle real-world information challenges.

University of Maryland President Darryll Pines stands at a podium with the Info Challenge logo behind him on a projector

The College of Information Studies hosted its 5th annual UMD Info Challenge (formerly the UMD Data Challenge) from February 26-March 5, 2022. Over 160 students from the University of Maryland, Montgomery College, UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), and the U.S. Naval Academy participated in 30 different projects focused on using data analysis, design, and cybersecurity skills to tackle real-world information challenges. 

An awards ceremony was held on March 5 to recognize the student teams who displayed exceptional work during their final presentations given to a panel of judges from academia and industry. Keith Marzullo, Dean of the College of Information Studies, provided opening remarks, followed by a Welcome Address from Darryll Pines, President of the University of Maryland. The awards were presented by UMD faculty members, Dr. Doug Oard, Dr. Kathy Weaver, and Donal Heidenblad. 

“From analyzing food access and price trends among vulnerable populations, to evaluating malware detection and the security of internet and IoT devices, this year’s projects were a great reflection of the College of Information Studies and the University of Maryland as a whole. If we are to move fearlessly forward as a society and tackle the grand challenges of our time, it will take the blending of technological prowess and unparalleled insight created through collaboration such as this Info Challenge.” said President Pines during his Welcome Address.

You can watch the full awards ceremony here.


Congratulations to the following 2022 UMD Info Challenge awardees: 


Grand Prize

Aryan Anwar, Montgomery College (Early College Program)

Rohit Sharma, Montgomery College (Early College Program)

Matthew Nanas, Montgomery College (Early College Program)

Project: AllSky Tool


Best Team Presentation

Yuanqi (Kinny) Chen, UMD

Zi Lin, UMD

Project: iSchool Career Newsletter Redesign Project


Outstanding Cybersecurity Project

Elvin Vanathayan, UMBC

Khang Nguyen, UMBC

Project: ISCXIDS2012 Cybersecurity


Outstanding Data Analysis Project (Tie)

Richmond Yeboah, Montgomery College

Sumeet Ram, UMD (Not pictured)

Uzair Masih Israrahmed, UMD

Project: Creating a Safe Campus For E-Scooter Riders and Pedestrians


Liam Bailey, U.S. Naval Academy

Isaac Cho, U.S. Naval Academy

Paul Hendron, U.S. Naval Academy (Pictured above)

Antawn Weg, U.S. Naval Academy

Project: Trends with Conflicts in the U.S.


Outstanding Design Project

Siao-Ting Lin, UMD

Jing Wang, UMD

Jialun Yang, UMD

Project: Traffic Pattern Design Challenge



About the UMD Info Challenge:

UMD Info Challenge is a week-long event that gathers teams of students from across multiple academic institutions to work with partnering organizations to address real-world problems, provide valuable team-building experience, and network with industry professionals. This year’s theme was Going Beyond Data, which included 2 new tracks, Design and Cybersecurity. Students are challenged to utilize their skills in Data Analytics, Design, and Cybersecurity to create solutions that empower communities and enhance their resilience.