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Intel ISEF winner rubs shoulders with Nobel Laureates at 2009 Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar

Apurv Mishra, the 19-year-old winner of Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair 2006 (ISEF 2006), has been selected as the Indian representative for the 2009 Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar (SIYSS 2009).

Apurv with the Indian ambassador to Sweden and Latvia, HE Balkrishna Shetty
Apurv with the Indian ambassador to Sweden and Latvia, HE Balkrishna Shetty

First held in 1976, the SIYSS is an annual science event organized in conjunction with the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm. It is widely regarded as the most prestigious youth science event in the world. Each year, only 25 prominent young scientists are invited to attend.

During his visit to Sweden in December, Apurv met with Nobel Laureates and connected with fellow scientists from across the world. He was also awarded an Honorary Diploma from the Swedish Federation of Young Scientists, in recognition of his achievements.

A winner at ISEF 2006 with his project 'Glabenator: an advanced alternative and augmentative communication device', Apurv took inspiration from his grandfather, who had suffered a paralytic seizure and had lost the ability to communicate. Apruv conceptualized a device that allows paralyzed or disabled persons to communicate by using muscles in the forehead. The project won the ISEF 2006 Grand Award and Apurv received a cheque to the sum of 100,000 rupees from the Chief Minister of Orissa for his achievement.

Apurv also received the National Technology Award for Welfare of the Disabled from the former President of India, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam. Since then, his project had been cited in UN'S World Intellectual Property Magazine and was also mentioned during a keynote from 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.