The Clearly Vision Prize received more than 100 entries from 21 countries around the world. We were inspired to see ideas and ventures that are trying to tackle the problem from every angle.
We saw apps, drones and handcrafted glasses. We saw lasers, artificial intelligence and last mile delivery systems, and everything in between.
Only a select few, those that were judged to have the greatest potential to improve access to vision correction around the world, could make it all the way to the end.
The 5 finalists received their prizes at an awards event in London this evening. After 190 days and 3 rounds of stiff competition, we’re delighted to announce the winners of the Clearly Vision Prize:
1st place ($100,000): Vula Mobile
The Vula Mobile app gives health workers in remote rural areas the tools they need to capture accurate clinical information, guiding them through simple tests for visual acuity, finger counting, hand movements and light perception. The app also connects the health worker to a specialist who can give expert advice almost instantly.
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2nd place ($50,000): Folding Phoropter
The folding phoropter, created by the Srujana Center for Innovation at L V Prasad Eye Institute, is a paper device made using simple origami. It takes just a few minutes to construct, costs less than 50 cents, and can accurately test for refractive error in even the most remote locations.
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3rd place ($25,000): Essmart
Essmart distributes life-improving products in the most convenient way possible. Too often, technologies that have the power to radically improve lives do not get to the people who need them. Essmart aims to fix this problem by getting essential goods like reading glasses into local stores – shortcutting the system by going straight to the places where people already shop.
…and our runners up ($10,000 each):
Smart Focus is uniting the powers of industry, government, hospitals and schools to provide high quality, low cost eye exams in China. They bring eye care directly into schools to make sure that students get the treatment they need. The country has a real problem with low awareness of the need for vision care. By focusing on serving youngsters in rural areas that might otherwise get left behind, Smart Focus is improving the vision of the next generation.
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MAZA provides flexible, on-demand transport services in Ghana using motorized tricycles. Medical emergency? MAZA is on hand. And when drivers have downtime, they can turn their attention to other vital services, like transporting glasses and optometrists to nearby villages. Available whenever and wherever they are needed, MAZA vehicles are putting remote locations on the map so that everyone can get the treatment they need.
A Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to Dr Andrew Bastawrous, CEO and co-founder of Peek.
Finally, smaller innovation prizes of $5,000 were awarded to 9 ventures whose entries were highly commended by the judges:
The winners of the Clearly Vision Prize will share cash prizes totalling $250,000 to help them accelerate their progress and move us another step down the road towards a world where everyone can see.
Thank you to all who supported the Clearly Vision Prize: the entrants, judges, and everyone else who contributed along the way.
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