Among his hobbies, Matteo enjoys surfing and sailing. With the Holman Prize, he would create a ski school in the Italian Alps for blind skiers and their guides.
Jesse is an experienced winter mountaineer. With the Holman Prize, he would lead an expedition on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. If successful in ascending a peak that hasn’t been climbed, he would propose the peak be named “Blind Ambition”.
Sharmese, a longtime advocate for the blind and low-vision community, would use the Holman Prize to design an accessible party bus to transport her and her peers to indoor skydiving, horseback riding, skiing trips and more.
Kürşat, who develops various technologies for the blind, would use the Holman Prize to build a piece of equipment, incorporating GPS and Bluetooth, that would enable a visually impaired person to ski independently.