19-year-old Swapnanil Talukdar, a second year B.Tech (Electronics and Communication) student of Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Management and Technology (GIMT) College from Assam, has been selected to represent India at the upcoming World Youth Conference 2016 to be hosted from 12 to 14 November in New Delhi.
This space enthusiast invented the Foot Operated Manual Page Turning Machine at the age of 15 for differently able. His device helps one turn pages hands free. For which he was awarded the IGNITE Award 2014 by the former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at IIM-A.
In March 2016, he was selected for ‘Innovation Scholars’ – a Residence Programme at the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s House) and he was the youngest member in this 3rd batch of scholars. He also participated in the Global Initiatives Symposium at National Taiwan University.
He took part in the NASA Rover Summer Camp at ISEI, Germany and is preparing for more projects and competition at NASA.
Currently, Talukdar is the brand ambassador for NE8 Start-ups and adviser to many other start-ups, he started the GrNInnovare Initiative to educate the Youths on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and most importantly on how to achieve self-confidence.
According to him, Social Enterprising should not only confront to complicated business problems but also care about how to solve problems that become an overwhelming phenomenon like poverty, illiteracy and food shortage. Every social enterpriser wishes to change the world and maxi mise welfares in human and environmental well-being.