Thousands of worldwide viewers of the livestream broadcast and approximately 1500 gala attendees watched as 2012 Tech Awards laureate Literacy Bridge won the top award for the most innovative use of technology for educational purposes at The Tech Awards black-tie gala last Thursday in Silicon Valley. Founder and executive director Cliff Schmidt went on stage to accept the $75,000 Microsoft Education Award from Microsoft Corporate Vice President Dan’l Lewin.
“I didn’t write a speech,” said Cliff when he stepped up to the podium. “But while sitting at the table, I did some back-of-the-envelope calculations to determine how many people could be impacted from a $75,000 award. Look around and imagine this room is packed with 10 times as many people– 15,000 people — that’s how many people can now benefit from health and agriculture education.”
Prior to Cliff accepting Literacy Bride’s award, a Tech Award-produced video introduced the audience to Literacy Bridge’s work. Cliff watched the reaction of audience members as Literacy Bridge’s story was unfolded on the screen. He said that it was heartening to see the smiles and positive reactions from the audience as Literacy Bridge’s story unfolded on the screen.
The next day, Cliff posted additional thanks on Facebook. “Thanks for all the congrats from so many friends about The Tech Award that Literacy Bridge was awarded last night. And thanks to so many of you who have fueled our progress over the last five years with your donations and volunteer time – it simply could not have happened without you!”