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To support Kelvin and young innovators like him, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/InnovateSalone 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. Here is a link to the Bobby Fala track in the video on SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/karen-kilberg/kpei-ragga Photos courtesy of Adam Cohn (http://www.adamcohn.com/) and Paula Aguilera PRODIGIES is a bi-weekly series showcasing the youngest and brightest as they challenge themselves to reach new heights and the stories behind them. Created and produced by @radical.media, THNKR gives you extraordinary access to the people, stories, places and thinking that will change your mind. Follow THNKR on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thnkr Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thnkrtv Check out our Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/thnkr/ SUBSCRIBE! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=thnkrtv
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Palace (4 years ago)
would love to meet him! you guys should have "great people outpost" where people all over the world can come and show off their "talents" that would be awesome. and plus you could have more than one!
Bushcraft NE (4 years ago)
And this is how great people are born
janithemani (4 years ago)
dis guy doe
azurrararar (4 years ago)
this kid would be very beneficial to his community. Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!! he created something with very little resources. 
sunny kiri (4 years ago)
So interesting to see African boy doing this great innovation
sunny kiri (4 years ago)
So interesting to see African boy doing this great innovation
Meshari AlMisnad (4 years ago)
Great People Love you my african brothers :)
Cory Goulet (4 years ago)
Thank you Kelvin!
Rafael Borja (4 years ago)
He's amazing, to help doing this in his community and many others like his; it is really important to give them material so they can work. Especially in poor places, it will be really important to show them how to build renewable energy.
oge phil (5 years ago)
Amazing Story!!!!
Anarchon (5 years ago)
I believe all children have prodigy-like skill hidden within in them but rarely does it get noticed or facilitated early in life. School comes first in our society but schools don't give a shit about your individuality, it doesn't give a shit about your weaknesses, it drills you until you can show the teacher at least a 5/10. We call this education, if we stopped putting kids in factory like environments of knowledge and observed them from their youth we would change the world for good.
solTri (5 years ago)
Real life Tony Stark. I'm really happy that we have such people in this world and I hope you will reach your goals. This video really made me cry in the end. Let's try to improve our world all together!
Lakshan Danushka (5 years ago)
Those "rich" rappers should give some cash money to this little guy
Louis Cyr (5 years ago)
Bravo, Bravo, Bravo ! RESPECT for this young man. Thank to the teacher. Beautiful story.
John Loukoum (5 years ago)
Be creative and inspiring just because you want to live like the rest , make your world better , help people to feel better . No money out of it , just "survival" . So happy to see that there are still ppl who actually are humans with the whole terminology of the world .
Misherwut (5 years ago)
One of the most inspirational videos I have ever watched. Track his progress!
cerise zo (5 years ago)
here solar energy electricity where I live Monterrey Mexico, it's very crowded with people but also, lots of pollution, we need more trees and more renewable energy instead of more pollution. Love your video thanks :)
Calvin Wong (5 years ago)
.... technology is still mystery to me
Numbnuts 007 (5 years ago)
We need teachers that care about the students and challenge them to go past the standards and shoot for the stars! In any subject and career the student is interested in.
TheDMPrecords (5 years ago)
good job
JustOneAsbesto (5 years ago)
Look out Manbearpig, Beemanlion is coming for you.
Tristan Smith-Morris (5 years ago)
This story is absolutely incredible!
Keralapadam (5 years ago)
With a special talent like this I hope he takes it to his full advantage. If he does, he will go heights that is not reached yet and be a role model/inspiration for young innovators in the future. All the best!
mohammed ismael (5 years ago)
Man thats awesome!
Michael PrimitiveBeast (5 years ago)
remind the young prodigy to stay diligent in their work, and open their talent to the full potential. Help the youth to stay innovative
didgevibratesmybrain (5 years ago)
These would be a lot more common if people weren't determined to hold children down. People are impressed because they don't understand how to produce a good human being.
didgevibratesmybrain (5 years ago)
"look what that poor kid in africa could do! You kids should be smart like him, you filthy spoiled brats." Most kids are not allowed to experiment. They are punished for doing things like this. People are impressed by "child prodigies" who had a chance to excel at their interest. This is what happens when you don't oppress their interest and allow them to find their own niche. How many of your students are allowed to experiment and learn on their own?
didgevibratesmybrain (5 years ago)
"look what that poor kid in africa could do! You kids should be smart like him, you filthy spoiled brats."
Noah Crego (5 years ago)
The first thing to do is schools need to offer classes students want to take. Who cares about the past... what we need to care about is our future and how to make to world a better place!!!!
Swanny Lanoix (5 years ago)
That is something I was waiting for so long... I can't say what I feel About it so i wont. Kelvin is doing what I dreamed someone could do. I'm about to do as soon as I can something that i hope will inspire many more to do as Kelvin does and many more to do as you are doing guys. Your message has been heard and will be repeated until... Until I don't know, but I'm already dreaming about one of the answer. My answer is comin (G.O.T) ;) From France
J (5 years ago)
likely story. Building an fm transmitter is one thing but developing nuclear weapons for the Sierre Leone government or anything truly significant is another. Keep dreaming..
Tony Castle (5 years ago)
This is so inspiring and beautiful keep up the great work and you have my support!
TheDeghohun (5 years ago)
Beautiful! As a teacher, this will be shown to my students to inspire them in their learning and thinking of world events. From UK
Boris Manfrinato (5 years ago)
Imnothere (5 years ago)
Good work from France
Fairlee Made (5 years ago)
This was awesome :D
shigatsu76 (5 years ago)
Very inspirational. I hope this young man achieves his dream
adam bamf (5 years ago)
where can i donate to kelvin?
Clint Evans (5 years ago)
there are a lot of genius out there that needs to be discovered, I sure hope Kevin will go far to reach his dreams
ColeDome24 (5 years ago)
hahaha! its so sad that i know what youre talking about... nice post
Yo Mama (5 years ago)
Well.. Do what you wanna do in school.. if you want encourage....create something unique.. or just be mean to people..
Rich Powell (5 years ago)
Great Job.... Very nice Kid... Keep it up young man, you guys are the future leaders of our great sierra Leone... Keep up the good work Proud of you Stay FOCUS
S500 Triumph (5 years ago)
common sense ....english is not his first language...he is from sierra leone for heaven's sake
S500 Triumph (5 years ago)
swamps///abusive language meant to represent your frustrations
DontForgetDmentia (5 years ago)
much respect for the kid and mentor hope he goes far good luck.
Ghost572 (5 years ago)
Work hard to make the world a better place via technology, medicine, engineering and science my man!
Dale Parkinson (5 years ago)
I love people like this, making the most of what we have is how mankind is what it is today.
Allamanda Suharyono (5 years ago)
Come on dude, you're speaking about grammar? Can't you all just see his spirit and his talents?? He's simply amazing!
tyjghjghhh (5 years ago)
the elites will take this child, and USE his genius to invent or do EVIL things to humanity.
Strix Loricatus (5 years ago)
Very, very well said! I completely agree. In my country, the arts are neglected terribly, seen as "recreation" and "idle time" at large. In my country (perhaps the entire world too?), a person who shows a talent for sports will receive more support and recognition from their community than a young engineer, a gifted painter, a prodigal philosopher, or a musical genius would. It's my hope that we'll see thousands and thousands of little Kelvin's popping up around the globe in the next generation.
khormaksarful (5 years ago)
modern education?? you have no idea what blessing it is. You have to come from the 3rd world educational swamps to appreciate what you have
Jake Smith (5 years ago)
Tbh, I cried in the part when he said he wants to help his family.. :( I dont care if he cant speak english fluently.. I care about other people!! Humanity!!
Archishmaan Okonkwo (5 years ago)
Mooney (5 years ago)
A genius that is terrible at grammar. I know this is YouTube, and we all are not perfect when it come to grammar online. However, you didn't even try. Don't lie to yourself and others any say your a genius without making a actually effort to be one. Why are is everyone so content?
Umur Özhan ŞENGÜL (5 years ago)
We, all people around the world, must help these children, prodigies... They ARE the real FUTURE of mankind.
SquareYourFace (5 years ago)
Midas Akira (5 years ago)
If you were a genius I am pretty sure you would know that capital letters go at the start of a sentence and every time the letter "I" is used to talk about yourself. If you believe that the modern education system does not work for you then use that as your motivation to find the genius that apparently lies within you and change the way that children are being taught so that our world may vastly improve.
daquann pauly (5 years ago)
its 928 people that don't like this video your just hateing because we have money they don't have nothing really that is a same some if us americans are ungreatful kelvin is a amazing !!!!!!!!!!!young man keep doing wat your doing kelvin a.k.a dj focus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ill tell the truth he is smarter then me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
daquann pauly (5 years ago)
its 928 people that don't like this video your just hateing because we have money they don't have nothing really that is a same some if us americans are ungreatful kelvin is a amazing !!!!!!!!!!!young man keep doing wat your doing kelvin a.k.a dj focus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Josh O Moore (5 years ago)
Simply amazing.
Vergasaurus (5 years ago)
Innovation in our communities would have a boom if creativity was seen less as a means of expression and relaxation, and more as a means to change and progress.
Daniel v (5 years ago)
this video is boss. Calvin is a good person. I hope god blesses him
Omar Martinez (5 years ago)
Inspiring young man, keep doing you're Kelvin a.k.a DJ Focus.
Negative Eclipse (5 years ago)
littlerockplanet (5 years ago)
hi, i am 12 yrs old and I think this is amazing. I always like building stuff and solving problems. I have recently made a game called silence, all with Java and Unity.
Jagrobby182 (5 years ago)
im on a prodigy binge
dsplunker (5 years ago)
I want to donate but I do not want to sign up or give you my info. Please add a paypal link.
Ram Sai A (5 years ago)
that was great work...... respect.....
Yeba S. (5 years ago)
ALLAH bless u kelvin... ^_^ you are a true inspiration and you are cute too xD
c12 (5 years ago)
Ive found huge inspiration off this. need that kind of state of mind
James Barnes (5 years ago)
Now THAT's the kind example we should be showing our kids in America. He has learned to be self sufficient and depends upon noone for assistance. Truly an inspiration. If I want to send a donation and letter of encouragement directly to him, how would I do that? God Bless you for investing in him. You will change that villages whole world...and maybe ours!
Sean Vincent (5 years ago)
"8 year old boy amazes m.i.t. tech " copy and post it in search window. another amazing 8 year old kid
Domino Broc Effect (5 years ago)
thanks kev, broc has spoken
kobra (5 years ago)
be more specific, you mean american kids
XxXMALVXxX (5 years ago)
much love brotha
Roy Hemion (5 years ago)
that's a good kid....peop[le in the usa...mostly the young don't understand how good it is here. Keep up the good work Kelvin.....
rothstein zetoun (5 years ago)
Sierraleone hopes peace !!! for such kids emergence
Steve Jobs (5 years ago)
It is wonderful, it is impressive, and it is a step in the right direction. But it is by far not enough. DJ Focus will never develop a windmill - to do that he needed to finish high school, pass a long, successful study e.g. at MIT - and find at least fifty highly talented and educated colleagues. So there is need for hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of Kelvins. Otherwise, the young and promising man will remain to be a symbol.
Mamush Selam (5 years ago)
Good job kid. wish and hope bright future.
DamnDirtyApe (5 years ago)
as the saying goes "Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime"
Andrew Beattie (5 years ago)
Africa needs more kids like Kelvin. Africa is filled with possibilities and kids like Kelvin inspire, motivate and implement change.
Rhuarc (5 years ago)
Chad Atkinson (5 years ago)
You can't expect everyone to be brilliant. clearly his education had nothing to do with it.
09tahj (5 years ago)
He didnt say i wanna start my company and get my friends and family out the slums
Bobonockey123 (5 years ago)
I agree
Aleksander Spaqi (5 years ago)
Man your a true talent God bless you
Σθενω (5 years ago)
We need more hands on activities in school. Physically constructing things is what empowers youth to become future creators, scientists and engineers, not staring mindlessly at a board. Sure the materials are costly, but if schools spent a little more on things that actually make learning more effective, it will more than pay for itself in the long run.
Malachi _ (5 years ago)
It goes a bit farther than that. Kids are not being taught the ways they need to be taught. Something a friend said to me (that i have heavily modified) once: "School is like a zoo; If you feed everyone the same thing, not everyone will survive." Kids who are bad at tests are focusing all their energy on testing. Kids that are good at thinking quickly will outshine the kids who think more slowly, but are more likely to get the right answer. Its sad.
Loxton G (5 years ago)
Lots of people, lots of opinions--running the gamut. Too few Kelvins.
Tehbert (5 years ago)
YES YOUR CORRECT!!! My mainstream school has so little variety in creative activities :(
YUNGRYNJA (5 years ago)
Kelvin is just a stepping stone and I really hope to see more like him!
DEVIL COMMANDER (5 years ago)
Give kids free internet and a small netbook to about 100-200 kids in poor villages throughout the country.
TheRedMekanik (5 years ago)
It's sad to me that people in the U.S. will simply throw away old electronics and such, like its trash. Think of what Kelvin here could do with an old VCR, or washing machine. I wish he had access to some of our "garbage", because I would love to see what he could do with it. What he could make out of it. As a future engineer myself, I have huge respect for you, Kelvin. Keep solving problems and improving things.
Datonya Bradley (5 years ago)
Wow he inspired me to continue believing in the original youth of this country. He reminded of the gifts we posess mentally simply by being who we are and.believing in ourselves enough to activate it. I have.to let my kings see his story. p.S. Way kewl child king wow! Welcome2daTakeover.HooRA
128poir (5 years ago)
I'm so humbled by watching this..
merlin kilgara (5 years ago)
way to go Sierra Lone n u Kelvin
xPRIVATEMAIDENx (5 years ago)
Everyone is a genius at what they have the biggest interest in. On what they love doing. Modern education simply doesn't let people like us express it. And if they do, we are very limited on it. If all they glorify is taking tests, all upcomming generations will be very limited in creativity and innovations.
Truman Sharp (5 years ago)
Reminds me of a young man, William Kamkamba. You can see, talent will always overcome money and poverty.
K G (5 years ago)
they need food and water too though
Brennan Reichmann (5 years ago)
let go of your ego, and work hard to demonstrate your declared genius.

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