Name: Pranav Mistry
Presented By: Mario Furlan, Stephen Murphy, Puneet Agrawal and Bob Duffield, Canadian Western Bank
Pranav Mistry is the Global Vice President of Research at Samsung. Mistry has to his credit more than 20 thought-provoking interfaces, some as well-known as Samsung Galaxy Gear and SixthSense. Born and brought up in Palanpur, a city in Gujarat, Mumbai, Mistry holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Nirma Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad, Gujarat; a Master of Design from Industrial Design Center, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai; and a Master’s degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was also a research assistant and a PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab.
The computer genius has worked with Microsoft, Google, Canadian Mennonite University, NASA, UNESCO, and Japan Science and Technology among others. He has created some of the most thought-provoking interfaces till date. It was SixthSense – a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data. Mistry joined Samsung as the Director of Research in 2012 and launched Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch in 2013. Samsung Galaxy Gear – which includes a watch that works with its smartphones – is one of Mistry’s biggest contributions in the tech space. He is also the director of the Think Tank Team – a group of interdisciplinary researchers, scientists, designers and engineers.
The Indian inventor has received various awards for his work. Mistry was honoured as the Young Global Leader 2013 by World Economic Forum; named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35; listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists To Watch by Asian Scientist Magazine; was among GQ India’s most powerful Digital Indians; was selected as one of the 37 Indians of Tomorrow by India Today; among others. He has been called as ‘one of the ten best inventors in the world,’ and ‘world’s 10 best inventors’ on TedTalks, among others.