Change will be canceled today, since most UW operations are suspended due
to icy conditions.


On Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 12:39 PM Philip Garrison <

> 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 <
>> wrote:
>> 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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