iFOCOS is a center for research, education and action to improve the human experience in the digital world.

We think life for everyone, everywhere, can become better-informed, better-governed, better-educated, richer, healthier, wiser, safer, more fulfilling, more peaceful, just and sustainable for future generations – just plain better – through creative uses of the internet, mobile networks, digital media and communication technologies.

That’s a sweeping and plainly hopeful agenda. To achieve it we help individuals and institutions worldwide use cutting-edge technology, ideas, designs and practices to harness the power of media, communication and human ingenuity for the common good.

Here’s how:

  • As a think tank, we produce research, analysis and convene thought leaders to inform and inspire a world made better through media and communication technologies.
  • As an innovation lab, we help founders, dreamers, entrepreneurs and social visionaries turn bold ideas into new products, services and businesses. Through the PitchIt Challenge we invest and provide expert advice to help founders get started, move quickly and spend wisely.

iFOCOS is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization supported by a dedicated board, a variety of foundations, sponsors and program participants. Funders and sponsors have included the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, The Associated Press, ThomsonReuters and others. Funding and sponsorship inquiries may be sent to Andrew Nachison.

iFOCOS was founded in 2006 by former journalists Andrew Nachison and Dale Peskin and is based in Reston, Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C.

Contact us for information about corporate participation and sponsorship.