Sustainability can be fun: Jessica Matthews at TEDxRio+20

Sustainability can be fun: Jessica Matthews at TEDxRio+20


The Nigerian Jessica Mathews is a renewable source of thoughts "outside of the box." With a group of friends at Harvard University, this social scientist looked to the most popular sport in the world, soccer, to provide an alternative source of clean energy: kinetic energy. And she discovered that sustainability can be a fun subject to work with. The rules of the game Soccket are simple: every time the ball is kicked, the energy is saved within the ball that is then an energy source for objects when they are plugged into it. It's kind of like what happens when we connect with the ideas that Jessica took on and spread for the benefit of tons of people. Optimism straight to the blood! In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Innovator and CEO, Uncharted Power

  • Local: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US East: $20,001 - $35,000*
  • US West: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Europe: $35,001 - $55,000*
  • Asia: Please Inquire

Jessica O. Matthews is the Founder & CEO of Uncharted Power, an award-winning energy and data technology company that develops infrastructure solutions for communities, facilities, and Internet of Things. The company was founded by Jessica when she was only 22 years old. Jessica’s research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, renewable energy, 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, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is listed on over 10 patents and patents pending—including her first invention of the SOCCKET, an energy generating soccer ball, at the age of 19.