PiggyBee has been selected as a semi-finalist in the inaugural Clearly Vision Prize, a global competition for entrepreneurs to tackle the number one unaddressed disability in the world – poor vision.
PiggyBee will now compete alongside 36 other entrepreneurs and innovators for one of five spots in the final, vying for part of the $250,000 USD of seed funding and mentoring to accelerate the best ideas.
The Clearly Vision Prize is part of a unique and innovative year-long campaign - called Clearly - spearheaded by James Chen, a Hong Kong-based philanthropist and investor. With one in three people globally lacking access to eye care, Clearly seeks to address the challenges brought about by poor vision and accelerate a revolution in eye care.
The Clearly Vision Prize aims to gather creative solutions from entrepreneurs, technologists, supply chain experts, data scientists and forward thinkers – including drawing upon innovation currently used in other areas - to help the 2.5 billion people around the world suffering from poor vision, who have no means of improving it.
The Clearly Vision Prize aims to focus on providing solutions across the following areas:
• Improving reliable detection – regardless of where people live, their age or gender
• Using technology for training - to identify the conditions that lead to poor vision
• Enhancing supply networks – to give access to basic solutions like glasses
• Harnessing insights and data – to help eye care providers work more efficiently
James Chen, Founder of Clearly, commented:
“I have been overwhelmed and inspired by the ideas submitted to The Clearly Vision Prize. It really does show that on the digital era, the world has the ideas and the technology to crack this challenge and transform access to sight around the world. Good vision empowers and transforms lives on every level. it is astounding that, 700 years after spectacles were invented, billions of people in the developing world still do not have access to something as seemingly simple as eye screening and a pair of glasses. We can and must overcome this.”
Five finalists will be selected in mid-September and invited to ‘Clearly 2035’ - a global event where the most brilliant brains in the world will come together in one place at one time to create solutions to help the whole world see.
Clearly is a global campaign focused on helping the world to see.
There are currently 2.5 billion people in the world that have poor vision and no means of improving it. It is the number one unaddressed disability in the world.
Clearly is a year-long campaign that seeks to inspire talented and creative minds to solve this problem that the world has forgotten about – and help the world to see.
Launched in April 2016, Clearly focuses on three core pillars:
• An 'ideas' competition for entrepreneurs
• A series of ‘Clearly Labs’ challenges, for companies who have the ingenuity and the heart to aim as high as possible to help find the answers
• A unique, global event with a small group of the world’s best and most creative brainpower in one place to develop the big idea
The campaign has garnered the support of a number of Champions, including:
• Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO of eyewear brand Warby Parker, and former director of charity, VisionSpring
• Brian Doolan, CEO of The Fred Hollows Foundation, focused on preventable blindness in developing countries
• Dave Gilboa, co-founder and co-CEO of eyewear brand Warby Parker
• Sir David Tang, entrepreneur and founder of Shanghai Tang
Sir David Tang, Champion of Clearly, commented:
"Access to good sight should not be a luxury. Yet, 2.5 billion people are still forced to go without clear vision. Radical new thinking is necessary to rectify this. The Clearly campaign is a catalyst for this, and will sharpen the sights of millions.”
Please click here for more information and to view the Clearly film: www.clearly.world
About James Chen
Born in Asia, raised in Africa and educated in Europe and the US, James Chen is a venture philanthropist with a global outlook.
He is founder of his family office Legacy Advisors Ltd, Chairman of Wahum Group Holdings, a third generation family-owned manufacturing business, and founder of the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, which has a focus on early childhood literacy, library development and education enhancement.
James is the founder of Adlens, a global enterprise leading the development and sale of adjustable focus eyewear, and the founder of Vision for a Nation Foundation, a UK charity that supports emerging nations to provide nationwide primary eye care and affordable glasses to all their citizens.
Clearly is the culmination of James’ 12 year journey to improve universal access to eye care.
Entrepreneur and traveler, David Vuylsteke is the founder and CEO of PiggyBee, a startup that connects people who want to move items across the world with travelers who can help.