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.
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.
Alieu, the founder of the blindness advocacy organization Start Now, would use the Holman Prize to provide various skills, including computer literacy, cane travel and Braille, to blind and low-vision participants in rural Gambia.
Nathan, a tech consultant and web developer, would use the Holman Prize to continue his “As Alexa Sees It” project, which is intended to make Amazon’s Echo technology even more useful for blind and low-vision consumers.