The DOT team is incredibly honored to win the award for the SDG Business category, for our impact on the people at the “Bottom of the Pyramid” around the world. This is a powerful validation of our innovative approach to vision, and it further boosts our commitment to bring better vision to the more than 1 billion people around the world who need glasses, but can’t afford them or have no access to them.
We feel excited and privileged to be selected as a finalist for the Katerva Awards (the ‘Nobel prize for sustainability’ according to Reuters) in the Health & Wellbeing category! Nominees are a new breed of companies showing how innovation can be scaled for both business opportunities and social impact. Every year, thousands of proposals are submitted to the Katerva award council which selects winners in each of 10 categories. We are proud to be part of such distinguished family! Hold your breath and see who the winner is…! Stay tuned!
Our CEO Philip Staehelin had the pleasure to pitch DOT Glasses in Paris at the ChangeNOW Summit (the World Expo of innovations for the planet)! We’re grateful that we could be a part of such a great event, where we met lots of incredibly passionate people trying to make an impact in the world. Together, we are proving that the only limit to our impact is our imagination and commitment.
The new design for children frames is out and they come in colors! We had the chance to test some 3D printed prototypes in Madagascar. The partner pilots were run with our new vision kits in 6 different scenarios in remote locations with extremely poor infrastructure but the DOT Glasses approach enables simple eye care for even the most challenging places on earth.
“…there have been other challenges, strongly related to the lack of understanding of poor vision’s impact on people’s broader socioeconomic outcomes…”
At DOT Glasses, we are absolutely clear that getting people to “good enough vision” creates tremendous value for the individual, the family, and the community. It’s what drives our whole model. It’s time to try a new approach, as continuing with the “same old solutions” simply can’t address the scope of the problem.
The IAPB (The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness) is organizing its annual “World Sight Day 2018” on October 11, 2018. We’re happy to play our part! The IAPB’s 2018 ambition: Eye Care Everywhere. It’s a perfect fit with the DOT Glasses mission.
The IAPB quotes: “We know now that 1.2 billion people don’t have access to glasses. Over 3 out of 4–>75%–of the world’s vision impaired are avoidably so.“