Garrett is a pastor, musician and horseback rider. With the Holman Prize, he would develop technological tools to help blind people navigate in public restrooms.
Miha enjoys music and computer science. With the Holman Prize, he would create an online store to sell small consumer electronics, with the goal of expanding to other products.
A professor in performing arts technology at the school of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan, Sile O’Modhrain brings a wide breadth of personal and professional skill to the Holman Prize committee. With past careers in journalism, technology, music and more – and passionate study in the fields of arts, assistive technology, and haptics – O’Modhrain is constantly in search of better ways for blind people to access information and work in the world.
Shahid, currently a student at the California School for the Blind, would use the Holman Prize to build an app for street crossing for the blind and visually-impaired.
Manuel, an assistive technology instructor who has also studied music in Cuba for more than twenty years, would use the Holman Prize to teach Cuban music to large groups of students, as well as upgrading the assistive technology he uses in his lessons and purchasing more instruments.
Peter, a co-host of the “Eyes on Success” podcast, would use the Holman Prize to travel to the CSUN assistive technology conference, in San Diego, to gather interview for multiple episodes of the podcast.
Joy, a passionate advocate of assistive technology, would use the Holman Prize to attend various accessible tech conferences throughout the United States, and then implement what she has learned on travels across the world.
Vincent, who is originally from Uganda, would use the Holman Prize to travel to Scandinavia to learn more about various accessible technologies, and subsequently teach his peers in California about them.
Sandeep, who has developed a tool called Eye Renk, which allows the visually impaired to easily differentiate between various ocular medications, would use the Holman Prize to create a laboratory focused on innovation for visually-impaired individuals.
Robert, a writer and tactile graphics expert, would use the Holman Prize to develop a tactile Model Lending Library of 3-D printed objects, intended to provide information that could not otherwise be conveyed through braille or speech.