Rolex announces 2016 Enterprise Awards
Rolex Awards For Enterprise
In this commemorative 40th year, Rolex is awarding prizes to five Laureates and five Young Laureates who have demonstrated that they have the passion, determination and, most of all, the spirit of enterprise to make the world a better place. Winners include a polar scientist, a robotic suit designer and an eye specialist who wants to save millions of people from going blind.
Vision for Africa
Most of the world’s 285 million visually impaired people live in countries where it is difficult to get treatment. Andrew Bastawrous is a British ophthalmologist whose smartphone-based eye examination system, Peek Vision, is radically changing eye care in sub-Saharan Africa.
Software that feeds the poor
Going hungry is a daily reality for an estimated 13 million Nigerians but Oscar Ekponimo is aiming to alleviate their suffering through an application that generates notifications on food at the end of shelf life, allowing it to be sold at a discount and reducing waste.
A world of signs
Japanese entrepreneur Junto Ohki is improving communication among deaf people by expanding a crowdsourced, online sign-language database dictionary that will become a global platform for the 126 distinct sign languages.
Holding back the Sahara
Sarah Toumi has shifted to Tunisia, her father’s homeland, to fight desertification caused by climate change and reduce poverty among farmers through reforestation using acacia trees and crops more suited to a lower rainfall.
Agents of change
Christine Keung, who immigrated to the United States when she was four, is intent on using her education as a force for good by empowering women to tackle rural pollution in Northwest China with a system for disposing of toxic waste.