Young Indian scientist wins World Health Summit Startup award in Berlin

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Roopam Sharma (Photo: UNESCO Youth Forum)

Roopam Sharma, a 23-year old Indian scientist, won the World Health Summit Startup award, 2018 for his invention, Manovue – the world’s first intelligent personal assisting system for the visually impaired. Sharma was awarded at an annual event of the health summit in Berlin recently.

Manovue eliminates the need for Braille language to decipher a printed text and instead combines vision intelligence to help the visually impaired people read. Manovue was also awarded the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2015 and Yahoo Accenture Innovation Jockeys season 4.

Besides plentiful awards and recognition, Roopam is also listed in the UNESCO Youth forum and Innovators under 35. He is known for his socially viable innovations that combine artificial intelligence.


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“Manovue basically functions as a wearable glove and integrated mobile phone app, which enables the user to read any printed text by moving his/her finger over the text,” the 10th UNESCO Youth Forum quotes him as saying.

He is the youngest person to be recognized as one of the top innovators under 35 by the MIT Tech Review in 2016. An engineering alumnus of Manav Rachna, Roopam was conferred with the National Youth Award by the President of India in January this year. In his endeavour to bring a change in society, Roopam has marked a space for himself as a youth icon.

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