African Teen Reverse Engineers Junk To Improve His Community

Kelvin Doe is a 15 year old African teen who has recently become a shining example of how DIY and maker culture is really being used in situations of extreme scarcity to help build communities.

Living in Sierra Leone and reverse engineering from old electronic junk he finds, he started learning and experimenting on his own, building parts around age 10. Kelvin has made his own batteries to power houses that only get electricity once a week, if they’re lucky. He also built a mixer, amplifier, FM radio transmitter and generator to create a radio station where he presents shows by the name DJ Focus to give a voice to the youth.

This young inventor was invited to MIT over the summer for a 3 week ‘Visiting Practitioner’s Program’ to pick up more skills and promote some of the things he is achieving back home. Watch this short documentary which captured his journey and dreams for the future ahead.

Contribute to Innovate Salone’s fundraiser and help support The Innovate Fellowship Program, teaching the youth of Sierra Leone learn how to develop innovative solutions to their challenges.

photo: Adam Cohn/Paula Aguilera


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