Visionaries and innovators around the world are being called upon to submit groundbreaking ideas to tackle the largest unaddressed disability in the world – poor eye-sight – as the deadline for The Clearly Vision Prize approaches on 18 July 2016. Competition winners stand to win $250,000 USD of seed funding and mentoring to get the best ideas off the ground.
Entrepreneurs, technologists, supply chain experts, data scientists and forward thinkers are being asked to share creative solutions – including drawing upon innovation currently used in other areas – to help the 2.5 billion people around the world suffering from poor vision, who have no means of improving it.
The Clearly Vision Prize is part of a unique and innovative year-long campaign – called Clearly – spearheaded by James Chen, a Hong Kong-based philanthropist and investor. With one in three people globally lacking access to eye care, Clearly seeks to address the challenges brought about by poor vision and accelerate a revolution in eye care.
The Clearly Vision Prize aims to focus on providing solutions across the following areas:
- Improving reliable detection – regardless of where people live, their age or gender
- Using technology for training – to identify the conditions that lead to poor vision
- Enhancing supply networks – to give access to basic solutions like glasses
- Harnessing insights and data – to help eye care providers work more efficiently
James Chen, Founder of Clearly, commented:
“Good vision empowers and transforms lives on every level. It is astounding that, 700 years after spectacles were invented, billions of people in the developing world still do not have access to something as simple as a pair of glasses. In the digital era, the world has the ideas and the technology to crack this challenge and transform access to sight around the world.
We need technology gurus, supply chain experts, data wizards and more to share their ideas and enter The Clearly Vision Prize. These people could put glasses in the hands of everyone who needs them or give more children access to vision correction and the education that follows.”
Alongside the Clearly Vision Prize, the Clearly Campaign will consist of:
- A series of ‘Clearly Labs’ challenges for individuals who have the ingenuity and the heart to aim as high as possible to help find the answers. Innovators will come together for one day events in Hong Kong, New York, Silicon Valley, London and other global markets, meeting with health leaders and optometrists, applying their expertise and ideas to help find new thinking, new ideas and new solutions
- A unique, global event with a small group of the world’s best and most creative brainpower in one place to develop the big idea
Entries for the Clearly Vision Prize must be submitted by the 18 July 2016. Over the summer of 2016 the entries will go through two rounds of judging, before the winning idea is announced in mid-October.
The Clearly Vision Prize and Clearly Labs have been endorsed by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). For further information and to enter the Clearly Vision Prize, please visit: http://prize.clearly.world.