Tuesday, June 25th, 9:30am – 10:30am The New School’s Tishman Auditorium (66 West 12 Street)
Special Keynote: Design Innovation with youth in Sierra Leone
IDC 2013 is proud to announce that the keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be David Moinina Sengeh, a doctoral student at the MIT Media Lab, and researcher in the Lab’s Biomechatronics group. David will be joined by three young students from Sierra Leone for a conversation about their experiences with DIY design innovations.
David, who is originally from Sierra Leone, has been working on technology to improve prosthetic limbs for amputees around the world and designing the next generation of wearable mechanical interfaces. Sengeh recently created a youth mentorship program called Innovate Salone to foster innovation among high-school students in Sierra Leone; the youth work in teams to create new ideas for DIY projects related to health, agriculture, crafts and entertainment in their communities. David supported Kelvin Doe, the young teenage student from Sierra Leone, who created a radio transmitter built from salvaged parts and broadcast his own local programming under the name DJ Focus. Sengeh, impressed with Doe’s creativity, arranged a trip for him to the United States in 2012, having him speaking at the World Maker Faire in New York and spending time as a resident practitioner at the MIT Media Lab. Sengeh’s strongest impulse remains the desire to empower youth in developing countries to design their own solutions to everyday problems. MIT Press release: Graduate student David Sengeh gives back to Sierra Leone, Dec 18, 2012