The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Thursday, May 19 • 11:30 - 12:15
Audio Knowledge for Remote Communities LIMITED

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Literacy Bridge developed the Talking Book as a low-cost, simple, and durable audio device to provide on-demand access to locally relevant knowledge across many sectors and SDGs. The Talking Book also collects user feedback, usage statistics, and interactive quiz results.

We will demonstrate the functionality of the battery-powered Talking Book and explain how local users designed it to address challenges found in the most underserved rural communities, such as illiteracy, numerous dialects, unreliable electricity and networks, and unequal access to technology for marginalized groups including women and girls.

We will discuss some of the early deployment problems and how the product became packaged as part of a service that includes behavior change communication design, content strategy, audio production, and monitoring, learning, and evaluation.

We will demonstrate new features in 2016 such as the cloud-based dashboard presenting key performance indications and data exploration so partners can immediately and transparently access the state of deployment and user interaction-- even those in remote communities with networks.

Finally, we will share newly developed best practices for partnerships. Literacy Bridge is now shifting from bilateral to multilateral partnerships, so that partners like UNICEF can develop maternal & child health content that is deployed alongside farming instruction for women farmer's in CARE International's Village Savings and Loan Associations.

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Cliff Schmidt

Founder & Executive Director, Literacy Bridge
Cliff founded Literacy Bridge in 2007 to make agriculture and health knowledge accessible to people without literacy skills in remote rural areas. He created an audio-based device called the "Talking Book", which led to a fellowship award presented by Bill Gates and a Clinton Global... Read More →

Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30 - 12:15 EAT
Giraffe 201