Please join us for Change next Tuesday (Feb 5) at noon in CSE 203.

*Who:* Cliff Schmidt, of Amplio <https://www.amplio-network.org/>
*When:* Tuesday, Feb 5, 12-1pm
*Where:* CSE 203

Cliff will speak about his time running Amplio Network (formerly Literacy
Bridge), a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that uses its Talking Book
audio device to help global partners amplify and widen their impact. Topics
may include: the Talking Book technology, the business model, evaluation
approaches, and/or partnerships.

*Bio*
Cliff founded Amplio Network (formerly named Literacy Bridge) in 2007 to
address global poverty and disease by making practical agriculture and
health knowledge accessible to those who need it most. He led the
development of an audio-based mobile device called the “Talking Book” for
people with minimal literacy skills living in rural areas without
electricity or Internet access. Cliff received the Microsoft alumni
Integral Fellow Award presented by Bill and Melinda Gates twice (in 2010
and 2014) and was selected as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative by
President Bill Clinton. He received the top prize at the Tech Awards in
2012 and Computerworld Honors in 2013 and was featured by the PBS Newshour
as one of five Agents for Social Change in 2013.

Prior to starting Amplio Network, Cliff was a software developer for
Microsoft and a nuclear engineering officer for the U.S. Navy Submarine
Force. Cliff holds a B.S. in cognitive science from MIT and an M.S. in
computer science and engineering from the University of Washington. Cliff
loves music and playing tenor saxophone.
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