TheDOSchool_Vision_Challenge_v1Adlens® is pleased to announce its participation in Leading for Impact, a programme offered by The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and The DO School exclusively for University of Oxford Students. The two-phase programme will help exceptional students who are committed to social impact to both BE more effective leaders and DO significant entrepreneurial work.

Through this programme, Adlens challenges the Leading for Impact students to prototype a business model to bring adjustable eyewear to a section of the Indian market who currently do not have access to adequate eye care, while creating sustainable livelihood throughout the value chain. The students will learn about two existing technologies that are ready for this market: adjustable eyewear lenses and smart phone diagnosis methods. Combining these technologies makes it possible to provide low cost effective eyecare to 90% of all people who have sight problems.

Adlens’ mission is to transform the way people see, to improve the way people live. Providing vision correction to everyone who needs it is crucial to empowering all parts of society in emerging economies to take part in increasing educational and economic opportunities. Over 2.2 billion people in the world do not have adequate access to eye care and almost 90% of those who need it only require straightforward vision correction through glasses. Dr. Graeme MacKenzie, Director, Regulatory & Industry Affairs at Adlens explains, “There is such a huge need to deliver vision correction in many parts of the world. India is one of the countries with the most limited access to eyecare, and we are looking forward to working with the Leading for Impact students to develop a sustainable model to improve this situation.”

The programme is due to conclude in July 2015, with results and future initiatives to be announced thereafter. For more information, visit www.thedoschool.org/program/leading-for-impact/ and www.adlens.com/the-global-emergency.

About Adlens

Co-founded in 2005 in Oxford, England by businessman and philanthropist James Chen, Adlens is the global leader in adjustable focus eyewear. Its highly skilled team of engineers, eyecare professionals and designers has developed a completely new category of vision correction. Adlens is a commercial business with a social soul. Vision for a Nation® is the innovative foundation partnered with Adlens that runs a charitable programme, aiming to provide universal access to eyewear one nation at a time, starting in Rwanda.

About The DO School

The DO School is an international educational organization operating on three different continents with established premises in Hamburg, Berlin and New York. It trains outstanding individuals and works with leading organizations on how to turn ideas into action through a rigorous method, real-life application and a blended approach that creates a global network of DOers.

About the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Embedded within the University of Oxford, the Skoll Centre at Saïd Business School is a leading academic entity for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. Founded in 2003 with a generous grant from the Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto, the Skoll Centre’s mission is to demonstrate and accelerate the impact of entrepreneurial activity that aims to transform unjust or unsatisfactory systems and practices.