Reminder: the Change seminar will meet tomorrow in CSE 203, with a talk by
Cliff Schmidt.

*Title:* Audio and Analytics: Strengthening Health Knowledge and Outcomes
in Remote Communities

*Abstract: *In the most isolated and remote communities in Ghana and Kenya,
citizens face challenges in accessing credible, consistent information
about their health, well-being, and rights. Low literacy combined with poor
infrastructure, low nurse-patient ratios, and limited access to mainstream
media are barriers to the development of thriving and resilient
communities. To address these development challenges, Amplio Network’s
partners in Ghana and Kenya leverage the Talking Book, a rugged, hand-held,
battery-powered audio device, which provides on-demand access to
information for people who can't read. Our partners use Talking Books to
deliver targeted, behavior change messaging in the form of interviews,
songs, and dramas in local languages and dialects, to inform, educate, and
prompt rural communities to practice and adopt key behaviors to reduce
poverty, generate demand for essential services, and improve community
health and protection outcomes. A recent randomized control trial
co-designed by UNICEF Ghana found that people with access to health
messages on Talking Books were 50% more likely to use bed nets and 50% more
likely to wash their hands with soap.

On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 4:18 PM Philip Garrison <>

> Please join us for Change next Tuesday (Feb 5) at noon in CSE 203.
> *Who:* Cliff Schmidt, of Amplio <>
> *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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