Philipp Schmidt - Short Bio

Philipp Schmidt is interim CTO of The Center for Reimagining Learning (tCRIL). He is also a research scientist at MIT and advisor for digital credentials. Prior to joining tCRIL, Philipp was the Director of Digital Learning at the MIT Media Lab. He has extensive experience developing technology-enabled programs that increase opportunities for learning and education. Philipp founded Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), a non-profit that provides wrap-around support for online courses through a network of public libraries, serves on the board of College Unbound, a degree-completion college for adult students, and was a founding board member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium. He co-authored the Cape Town Open Education Declaration and has developed a number of open standards for digital academic credentials including Mozilla Open Badges. He has received Shuttleworth and Ashoka fellowships, and came to MIT as a Media Lab Director's fellow. Before moving to the US, he lived and worked in South Africa for ten years. He holds a computer science degree from FH Furtwangen in Germany and an MBA from MIT.