Each year Intel ISEF gathers the world’s most creative, intelligent and resourceful high school students to boost interest in science and technology and foster today’s talent for tomorrow’s innovation.
In 2009, Apurv Mishra, the 19-year-old winner of the 2006 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), was selected as the Indian representative for the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS).
SIYSS is an annual science event organized in conjunction with the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm. With only 25 prominent young thinkers invited to attend, it is widely regarded as the most prestigious youth science event in the world.
On arriving in Sweden in December, Apurv met with Nobel Laureates and fellow scientists from across the world. During his visit he was also awarded an Honorary Diploma from the Swedish Federation of Young Scientists, in recognition of his achievements.
His wining project 'Glabenator: An advanced alternative and augmentative communication device', conceptualized a system that allows paralyzed or disabled persons to communicate by using muscles in the forehead. The project won the Intel ISEF 2006 Grand Award, netting Apurv a 100,000 rupee cheque from the Chief Minister of Orissa for his achievement.
Since then, his project had been cited in the UN's World Intellectual Property Magazine and was also showcased by the Chairman of Intel Corporation at last year's Consumer Electronic Expo (CES) 2009.
Apurv is currently a student at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Kolkata, India. He is continuing work on his project and is in the process of refining the second generation of the device, Glabenator 2.