Jessica O. Matthews co-invented the sOccket, and founded Uncharted Play with Julia Silverman.
By Nusha Balyan (Writer, The Story Exchange)
The sOccket looks like a regular soccer ball, but it doubles as an energy-harvesting source that can help light up communities without access to electricity.
Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman, who are in their early 20s, came up with the idea for the sOccket while working on a class project during their junior year at Harvard. They were taking an engineering class for non-engineering majors and were tasked with addressing a social issue through art and science.
Both had travelled extensively through Africa