FOUNDER & CEO, UNCHARTED PLAY; RENEWABLE ENERGY EXPERT
At the age of 19, Jessica invented the SOCCKET ball, an energy generating soccer ball that provides off-grid power for the developing world. At the age of 22, she founded Uncharted Play, a renewable energy company specializing in motion-based, miniaturized power systems. The company recently raised a $7 million Series A round, which is the largest amount raised by a woman of color ever.
Jessica was invited by President Barack Obama to the White House to represent small companies for the signing of the America Invents Act in 2012, and currently serves as an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria. In 2016, she was selected to ring the NASDAQ opening ceremony bell, representing all Forbes 30 Under 30 alumna.
Jessica’s research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, human behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. A dual citizen of Nigeria & the U.S., Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Her list of accolades include Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 under 30 list, Black Enterprise’s Innovator of the Year, and Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation. She was also recently nominated by TechCrunch for Founder of the Year.
GET M.O.R.E.: HOW MOTION-BASED, OFF-GRID RENEWABLE ENERGY WILL POWER THE IoT
Whether it's wearables or stand-alone products, our society is rapidly approaching a reality where everything is smart and connected, providing data that will help us know ourselves and improve the world. Unfortunately, one of the major obstacles holding back the ubiquity of an Internet of Things world is battery life. Smart, internet-connected products require power to work, and consistently halting usage to charge these devices is not natural or realistic. During this talk, Jessica will go over her initial experience developing products with M.O.R.E. inside, and how her company is now looking to the IoT's power frontier.
POWER PLAY: HOW A SOCCER BALL DEMOCRATIZED ENERGY ACCESS
Bringing electricity to remote areas in developing countries has been challenge for many, but Harvard graduate Jessica O. Matthews tackled this head on. As a student, she helped develop Soccket, a soccer-ball-shaped device that harnesses the kinetic energy generated as users kick, dribble and throw it around. Once the energy is stored, small electrical devices such as LED lights can be plugged into Soccket for power. Jessica shares her vision to disrupt the energy industry and the story of Soccket during her powerful talk, discussing the work she's doing to serve resource-poor communities to distribute the balls, and other products, on a larger scale.