A solar company in Sierra Leone has awarded Kelvin Doe of MIT fame a $100,000 contract to design solar panels at 400 locations across the country. The money is to cover the cost of the panels, research, and construction.
At the signing of the contract between Doe and Anthony Malhem, MD of Sierra Wifi, the young man who is still in high school said he is more interested in working on innovation than he is on the money. In the presence of his family, friends, and government officials Doe said this work will not affect his grades.
Kelvin Doe became an internet sensation last year after Innovate Salone, a non-profit intent on promoting creation and innovation launched the “Ah de mak am” competition for high school students in Sierra Leone. Kelvin and his team won first place and Kelvin was flown to M.I.T to make to present his battery-powered radio transmitter to MIT Media Lab. The Media Lab had provided some of the initial funds needed to set up the Innovation Competition.
When we contacted Innovate Salone for a comment, the organization’s founder David Sengeh was shocked. He said he was unaware of the contract between Sierra WIFI and Kelvin Doe.
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