2014 Young African Committed to Excellence
David Moinina Sengeh
Youth and Innovation
"Many cultures expect to see youth but not to hear from them. They expect youth to complain perhaps of the status quo but not really do much about it. Our work in GMin is against that ideology as we enable youth to question things around them, take the initiative to develop solutions firsthand to challenges they face and speak up. Whether it is from youth themselves, their family, or formal learning institutions, it is hard to break that culture. However, it is important to show youth and others around them that the answers often are in front of their eyes once they decide to solve local challenges." - David Sengeh
David Moinina Sengeh, a civil war survivor, is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab. His research in the Biomechatronics Group focuses on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. This work is at the intersection of medical imaging, material science, human anatomy, computer-aided design, and manufacturing. David is on the Forbes “30 Under 30 in Technology” for 2013, a 2014 TED Fellow, on the Wired Smart List 2013, winner of the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize, and has garnered other awards. He is the President and co-founder of the international NGO Global Minimum Inc. (GMin), whose main project is Innovate Challenges, the first-ever competition created to foster a culture of innovation among high-school students in Sierra Leone, Kenya, and South Africa. GMin was one of three winners out of 1,000 nominees for the Rockefeller Foundation Next Century Innovators Awards in 2013.