Philipp Schmidt

I am curious about many things and passionate about using technology to connect people. I develop tools and methods that make it easier for people and organizations to share, learn, and collaborate.

Short Bio

Photo by: Joi Ito 2018Philipp Schmidt is Principal Investigator (PI) and Director of the Media Lab Learning Initiative, which studies and promotes the Media Lab's culture of creative learning. He is a cofounder and board member of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), a non-profit that provides access to online higher education through public libraries. His work on digital credential systems includes the original concept for open badges and the first prototypes for Blockcerts, an open standard for issuing, managing, and verifying academic certificates using blockchains. Philipp serves on the board of College Unbound, was a founding board member of the OpenCourseWare Consortiumand co-authored the Cape Town Open Education Declaration. He has received Shuttleworth and Ashoka fellowships, and came to MIT as a Media Lab Director's fellow. Philipp lives in Boston and sometimes misses Cape Town and Cologne.