Meet Kelvin Doe, the self-taught engineering whiz who creates gadgets from other people's trash

Kelvin Doe is an engineer and inventor from Sierra Leone, and his story is remarkable. One of the most incredible things about inspiration and innovation is that they can spring from anywhere. Kelvin's drive to teach himself electronics by reverse-engineering radios, generators and other devices from what 99.9% of the population would consider trash is a moving reminder of that fact.


Via thnkrtv:

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.


Read more about Kelvin an dhis work at the MIT Media Lab over at BostInno.

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Corpore Metal

This is so amazingly kick ass! He's like a Ramanujan of engineering!

I hope he has the money and support to return to MIT or any major university and get the engineering degree he so clearly is talented for. And I hope he returns his home and uses that knowledge to change the world!

Of course he faces enormous challenges. Sierra Leone has only just returned to civilian rule after a civil war that lasted for more than a decade. And there is still tight control of the press. Here's hoping Kelvin, on his return, faces a long period of stability to achieve his goals and dreams.