Have you heard about this AMAZING teenager yet? He scours the trash for parts and builds his own batteries, generators, and transmitters. Kelvin Doe (DJ Focus) has this amazing self-determination of mind over matter. He's a completely self-taught, African engineer and uses his skills to build a radio station to share news and music with his home of Sierra Leone--a home that only gets enough electricity for light once a week and lives most of the year in darkness.
THNKR follows Kelvin in his visit to MIT--the youngest ever to be invited to the "Visiting Practitioner's Program" and very well-deserved. Watch this video and be inspired.
I honestly think he positively deserves a nomination for a CNN Heroes Award. Kelvin is bringing about awareness and encouraging innovation in light of his surroundings and resources. He's not some kid who grew up comfortable or privileged and whose parents helped start a charity for him to put on a college resume or anything...he's doing all of this in a very real and raw way, and I hope he gets the recognition he deserves! You can also catch his TEDxTeen talk!
To support Kelvin and young innovators like him, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/InnovateSalone
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