15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.
Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey – experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.
Inspirational children and teenagers such as Kelvin Doe are a testimony of how it is possible to remain relatively uncontaminated by the self-serving and limited ideologies of the society as they seek to use their creativity and curiosity about science and technology to invent and innovate to help make the world a better place and fulfil their dreams. I admire his aspiration to have a radio station for his community to debate about issues affecting his community and Sierra Leone as a whole. (It reminds me of my teenage aspiration to become a music DJ, but that’s another story, probably for another time.)