Overcoming Difficult Childhood to Become Innovator Recognized by MIT

Interview date:

May 29, 2020

Isaac Sesi

Sesi Technologies

Isaac Sesi, CEO of Sesi Technologies and the subject of a Humans of New York story, talks about his journey from a challenging childhood to a career as an inventor and serial entrepreneur in Ghana. 

In 2019, MIT honoured Isaac as one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35 for GrainMate, a grain moisture meter he invented which helps poor African farmers protect their crops from moisture and rot.

"My work on the grain moisture meter, right from the research phase to bringing it to market in a way that was impactful for smallholder farmers in Africa, is one of the things that got me recognized as an innovator under 35. Which was really an honour as I had always wanted to go to MIT but I didn't get the opportunity because at the time I was too broke to afford to write the SAT."


  • teach kids to code and write software from an early age
  • encourage kids to rip apart and build devices and hardware
  • help kids link technology to what they want to contribute to the world