We are honored to have received endorsements from major organizations in the form of awards, invitations to important events, and highly positive news coverage.

The World Innovation Summit for Education


The Word Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards program recognizes education projects from around the globe for their innovative approach to solve the real-world obstacles to education.  Read more about our award here.

The Tech Awards

“We are inspired by the laureates’ desire to improve the world through the creative use of technology “… “Through their outstanding creativity and conviction, this year’s laureates are providing innovative solutions to some of humanity’s most urgent problems,” … “In many ways, the Tech Awards embody the spirit of Silicon Valley and the belief that technology can improve people’s lives and make the world a better place.” More info here.

Microsoft Alumni Foundation – Fellows Award

The purpose of the Integral Fellows Award is to recognize and support a Microsoft alumnus who has made a meaningful difference in the lives of others by using his/her talents, time and resources to contribute to the world. Our founder, Cliff Schmidt, was honored to have been presented the 2011 award by Bill and Melinda Gates. More info here.

Statement by Senior UN Official

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs highlighted the Talking Book program in his statement at the Global Forum on ICT and Innovation for Education: “The Talking Book… uses a low-cost audio device to provide affordable access to literacy learning tools and relevant locally created knowledge in regions with the least infrastructure.”

UNICEF Conference

Cliff Schmidt presented the Talking Book during UNICEF’s Web4Dev conference, and received feedback including: “The [Talking Book] has awesome features, such as simple device-to-device copying, audio hyper-linking (e.g. to a glossary of terms), and slow play for reading practice.” More info here.


“While it may not have the media hype of the One Laptop per Child project (yet), the Talking Book may indeed yield greater impact. My colleague Jordan Kanarek nailed it: ‘The thinking behind the device is compelling, and the opportunities that come with using commodity components to create a rich service are fascinating.’” More info here.

Clinton Global Initiative

Literacy Bridge was invited to and attended the annual Clinton Global Initiative 2011. It was an unparalleled opportunity for Cliff to introduce Literacy Bridge to global leaders, prominent activists and world-class non-profits. More info here.

Award to Attend Global Social Benefit Incubator

The Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) empowers social entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations that solve problems for people living in poverty around the world. In 2010 Literacy Bridge was awarded a scholarship to attend the program. More info here.


“[The Talking Book] is a pretty cool device…, a potential solution for a massive global problem often neglected when we talk about what’s needed in the fight against poverty.” More info here.

World Bank Official

“Cliff Schmidt presented Literacy Bridge’s work in Ghana to the World Bank, to help investigate answers to the question: “How do you provide vital information and literacy training to people with limited access to either — especially if they are located in rural parts of Africa?” Full article here.