Yuma loves hiking and surfing. With the Holman Prize, he would build an online community to make astronomy more accessible to blind people, with the hopes of a blind person discovering an exoplanet.
George is a woodworker. He would use the Holman Prize to bring people to his art studio to explore woodworking, the outdoors and spend time with other artists to learn from them.
Nathan is fluent in German and proficient in Mandarin. He would use the Holman Prize to make his short film, Call the Sandman, and work to ensure visually impaired children see his film.
Justin is a competitive bodybuilder. With the Holman Prize, he would develop Vision Driven, an apparel brand that would promote facing challenges in your life head-on.
Maureen plays the trombone and is a marine biologist. She would use the Holman Prize to travel to various beaches to study the effects of plastic waste on small crustacean creatures known as amphipods.
Josh is a motocross racer. With the Holman Prize, he and his friend Pat, who is also blind, would travel the country to motivate blind people to try different sports like snowboarding, jet skiing, sailing and more.
Johnny has a bachelor’s degree in social work. With the Holman Prize, he would film a series of professionally audio-described self-defense videos that blind people could access online.
When Paul became interested in audio games, he taught himself to program. With the Holman Prize, he and other blind developers would develop their prototype software Sable, which would allow blind people to create audio games without coding or scripting.
Finn is passionate about Brazilian jiu-jitsu (bjj). With the Holman Prize, he would travel to train with blind Brazilian jiu-jitsu experts worldwide, and then teach other blind people this martial art.
Andrew is the author of two children’s books. With the Holman Prize, he would create a dating app for people with disabilities that would include inclusive features like captions and audio clips.