The Digest: DJ Focus, our next Edison?

Danielle Ahn | Advertising Representative

What do you get when you combine the great minds of Tesla, Marconi and Edison? Sierra Leone teenager Kelvin Doe is a self-taught inventor, the voice of his community and has been called a real-life Tony Stark. The 16-year-old prodigy has just become the youngest person to be invited to Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Visiting Practitioners Program.

Doe’s trip to the United States included a week at the 2012 Maker Faire where he discussed his radio station and the production of his homemade batteries, as well as his future plans of fabricating a windmill for his community. He also spent two weeks at MIT presenting his homemade batteries and generators to students where he interconnected with members of the MIT community and was able to participate in lab research with research affiliate Mark Feldmeier.

Known by the moniker “DJ Focus,” Doe speaks to his community on behalf of the young adults. “They call me DJ Focus because I believe if you focus, you can do an invention perfectly,” said Doe on a short biographical video. He started by collecting materials around the house or from trash bins to create generators and batteries as electronic solutions for his community. His radio station and his popularity today came from his focus and devotion to helping others. Now he is starting to develop a name for himself globally. At only 16, Doe’s accomplishments, articulation and diligence speak for themselves. His passion for improving his community is inspiring and he is well on his way to making a great impact on our technological world.

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