Valuing the African Genius

Kelvin Doe

Energy - Power Menu

Profile reviewed: January 10, 2017

First publication: January 2015

Kelvin Doe from Sierra Leone, born in 1996, is a self-taught engineer who built his own generator and radio transmitter (radio station) when he was 13 years old. 3 years later, he built a dry cell battery that generated enough power for his radio station that he used to broadcast news and music within his community. The battery was made of acid, soda and metal parts that he got from trash bins.

Kelvin Doe was one of the finalists of the Innovate Salone 2012 launched by Global Minimum Inc. He was selected to travel to the USA in 2012 and was invited to speak at the “Meet the Young Makers” panel at the World Maker Faire 2012 in New York.

This prodigy was also the youngest ever “visiting practitioner” with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) International Development Initiative. At MIT, he presented his inventions to students in two D-Lab classes, engaged with community members at MIT, and participated in hands-on research at the MIT Media Lab. He has also lectured to undergraduate engineering students at Harvard College.

Photo: Paula Aguilera/MIT Media Lab