Sunday, November 25, 2012

Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T.

Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T. 

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.

Put on Nov. 16 and already approaching 3 million hits.


JK said...

Tom, thanks for sharing. Great video.

David said...

That was pretty neat. A number of the comments at You Tube are to the effect of "I hope he makes it." I don't hope he "makes it" as in going to MIT and getting a job at some high tech firm. I hope he does what he says he wants to do and works to improve the lives of his people. In some ways it might be easier to innovate in an out of the way place where not too many stupid people are paying attention and getting in the way.