This week’s Women History in IP Spotlight:
Jessica O. Matthews
Jessica O. Matthews enjoys building, testing and inventing. While a junior in college, she co-created the Soccket, a soccer ball that can take the kinetic energy created from being tossed and kicked around and transform it into a renewable and portable energy source. To us this may seem like a fun gadget. But to those living in “light poverty,” with no electricity or constant outages, this technology can be a game-changer. Matthews went on to start Uncharted Play to expand her product line into energy-producing jump ropes and skateboards. Instead of remaining a manufacturer of toy and sports products, her company is on a quest to create larger infrastructural solutions to provide cost-efficient energy for the developing world, from sub-Saharan Africa to the Caribbean. She recently announced a new investment from Disney for an undisclosed amount. The new capital will enable (her re-branded startup) Uncharted Power to provide not just products but system-wide solutions that address the generation, transmission and storage of power to under-served communities.