Please join us for today's Change seminar with Cliff Schmidt!

*Who:* Cliff Schmidt, of Amplio <>
*When:* Tuesday, Mar 5, 12-1pm
*Where:* CSE 203
*What:* 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.

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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