From Sierra Leone, Focus Comes to MIT

by Jay London on November 27, 2012 · 4 comments

in Engineering, In the News, Modern Geekhood, Public Service, Student Life

Kelvin Doe, a.k.a. DJ Focus

Meet Kelvin Doe. A 15-year-old with no formal engineering training, Doe has built batteries and generators using trashed scrap metal and wiring. In his native Sierra Leone, he doubles as DJ Focus, where he broadcasts news and music via an RF transmitter he created.

Doe visited MIT as part of the International Development Initiative’s Visiting Practitioners Program, which allows outside innovators to collaborate with Institute faculty and researchers.


“People normally call me DJ Focus in my community. Because I believe if you focus, you can do an invention perfectly.”

The video above, produced by THNKR, chronicles Doe’s journey at MIT and has amassed more three million views on YouTube. Mark Feldmeier ’96, SM ’03, PhD ’09, a research affiliate at the Media Lab, collaborated with Doe and is featured in the video.

Doe’s visit was arranged by Sierra Leone native and doctoral student David Sengeh SM ’12, who initially met Doe through the non-profit Innovate Salone. His U.S. travels included a trip to New York, where he spoke at the 2012 Maker Faire, and a visit with Harvard President Drew Faust.

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SaadMIT November 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

MIT should give him a scholarship to come to America and contiue research and inventing.


Tamra Johnson December 5, 2012 at 1:32 am

Wow – this is an awesome, inspiring video. And DJ Focus is right – “If you focus, you can do an invention perfectly.” Just like in everything that we do – we should believe in what we can do and focus our energies and efforts to it and something good will come out of it.


Trudy December 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm

The story about Kelvin Doe (aka DJ Focus) is featured on the website along with many other stories about cool stuff kids do from around the globe. The site curates stories about amazing things kids do, that make a positive dint in the world.


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