In a world where the word “genius” gets thrown around to describe taxi-cab apps and online dating algorithms, it’s nice to meet someone who remembers that truly important inventions are about making life better for your community and your world … not just about finding the most efficient way to get a cheeseburger at 3 a.m.

Meet Kelvin Doe, an inspirational 16 year old completely self-taught engineer from Sierra Leone. Kevin manages his own fully-staffed community radio station in Sierra Leone where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker ‘DJ Focus.’ The radio station is powered by a generator created from a deteriorating voltage stabilizer, which he found in the trash, while a simple antenna lets his neighborhood listen in.

He is the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT and was also a guest speaker at Harvard School of Engineering.

That he wants to go back and share his knowledge and give back to his community is even more incredible!
Hats off to you Mr Doe!

About The Author


Cynthia Malingu has over ten years’ experience in the senior management of aid development projects, working with a number of international development agencies including the World Bank, AusAID and the Asian Development Bank throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific. She has a professional interest in quality outcomes for developing communities, environment, gender, governance, and training in the development industry.

2 Responses

  1. Sarian

    How do I get in touch with the Mentor of Kevin. Pls. send contact information to email address noted above. Thanks

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      Neva Mwiti

      Sorry Sarian, we don’t have that kind of information. Its best if you contact MIT in the States directly about something like that.


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