Reem grew up in Iraq where she didn’t have access to books in an accessible format. With the Holman Prize, she would set up a system to record audiobooks and distribute them online to blind students in Iraq.
Zackery is a musician and an entrepreneur. He would use the Holman Prize to develop Reference Point Navigation, which provides indoor and outdoor access to information and navigation on mobile phones that is accessible to blind people.
Darragh is a YouTuber who covers independent recording artists and news. With the Holman Prize, he would upgrade his software and equipment so he can produce more content and encourage other people to become YouTubers.
Jason is the first and only blind person to run across the United States, a journey of 3,063 miles. With the Holman Prize, he would travel the world to speak to children in schools about following their dreams regardless of disability.
Larry has worked as a radio and television broadcaster in the United States and Mexico. He would use the Holman Prize to travel to Cuba to teach a motivational workshop in English and Spanish to empower blind people.
Chelsey is a blogger, YouTuber and aspiring dog trainer. With the Holman Prize, she would job shadow blind, visually impaired and sighted people across the United States and document it, to show that blind people are capable of doing a variety of jobs.
Lisamaria has been active in sports all her life. Recently, she’s discovered pole dance. With the Holman Prize, she would use workshops, training and audio description to make pole dance accessible to blind people across the United States.
Sally loves traveling and water sports. With the Holman Prize, she would volunteer with different community organizations in Southeast Asia, to learn how the blind populations are served in those countries. She would take this knowledge back home to help diverse communities in Australia.
Kris is the North American representative for Blind Sailing International. He would use the Holman Prize to form a crew of blind sailors to complete in the Race to Alaska, a 750-mile race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska.
Craig loves hiking, camping, traveling and sailing. With the Holman Prize, he would use assistive technology to aid him in sailing a 7000-mile course from North America to New Zealand.