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What is Optoversity Challenge?

Now in it’s sixth year, the Out of the Box Optics Optoversity Challenge 2022 in aid of Vision Care for Homeless People is the only inter-University competition between optometry students in the UK and ROI.

The competition is a light-hearted, fun event which tests the students on various aspects of optometry and challenges them to raise funds towards the running of Vision Care for Homeless People’s clinics.

The event is being held on Sunday 27th February 2022.

Following on from the success of last year’s online event, which had students from 11 universities take part from across all years, we are hosting the competition online once again. The students will face challenges set by Out of the Box Optics according to their year group. Each university team may have an unlimited number of students. Prizes donated by the optical community, will be given for the winning students in each year group and the overall winning team, which last year saw City University take the title.

Prizes will be given to the highest performers and the highest fund-raisers. In previous years, students have been awarded with prizes such as an iPad, volk lens, textbooks, vouchers and various optometric equipment.

The fundraising challenge is an integral part of the competition, with each student raising funds towards our clinics. Every student participating in Optoversity Challenge will be given their own fundraising page when they register which they can share with their contacts and ask for donations in support of their fundraising challenge, in the lead up to the competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top three individual fundraisers. Last year over £8,000 was raised through student fundraising and sponsorship. These funds were used by VCHP to purchase tablets for the clinics, allowing our transition from paper records to an online patient management system. This has streamlined processes in the clinics and improved our service to homeless people.

Each University team has representation from 1st, 2nd and Final year (3rd/4th) students is represented by an unlimited number of students, who will be put to the test on various aspects of Optometry and be asked to demonstrate a range of skills. Successfully passing the tasks will generate points for the team…and points mean prizes!

Where and when will The OOTBO Optoversity Challenge 2021 take place?

In the comfort of your own abode on Sunday 27th Feb 2022 via Zoom.

So what happens on the day?

You will be competing against students in your year group, from universities all across the UK.
Year 1: 10am til 11.30am
Year 2: 12pm til 1.30pm
Year 3/4: 2pm til 3.30pm

Who is running the event?

The hosts of Optoversity Challenge (Out of the Box Optics) are qualified Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians who have a range of specialities and interests and come from different career backgrounds. They have been carefully selected to provide the best training experience for the students, and have a rich knowledge of the scheme for registration.

The deadline to register is 20th Feb 2022.

We look forward to welcoming you and your University!

How do I enter?

If you are an Optometry student interested in signing your University up for Optoversity Challenge 2022 onwards, please click HERE and select the ‘Register’ button. If you’re interested in volunteering our other events, please contact us now or enter your email address in the box below.

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How you help Vision Care for Homeless People
Helping Raise Money for Charity

Our annual charity event, Optoversity Challenge has helped raise over £18,000 for Vision Care for Homeless People whilst giving Optometry students an insight into the vast career possibilities the field has to offer.

Great Staff

Great experienced staff to quiz you on your optom knowledge!

Raise Money

Help raise money to support Vision Care for Homeless People.

Career Insights

Get an insight into the vast career possibilities in the field.

Current Winners

Congratulate or even try to compete with our current winners: City University

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Check out our photos from previous Optoversity Challenge events below
Winners of Optoversity Challenge 2020: Hertfordshire
Winners of Optoversity Challenge 2019: Anglia Ruskin
Winners of Optoversity Challenge 2018: Anglia Ruskin
Optoversity Challenge Group Photo
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