Jessica Matthews, 24 Co-Founder & CEO Uncharted Play Inc.
Social entrepreneur Matthews found her calling by chance. She discovered it through sports. She co-developed the sOccket, a soccer ball that harnesses kinetic energy and stores it in the form of electrical energy that can be used later. She asserts, â€œThe sOccket is not something that I defined, itâ€™s something that defined me. It showed me what I should be doing.â€ The product grew out of a class project she worked on with co-founder and Harvard University classmate Julia Silverman.
The two launched Uncharted Play in May 2011 with Matthews, who received a degree in social psychology, driving the creative vision of the company. In an era in which new sources of clean energy are at a premium, Matthewsâ€™ venture, which has gained $600,000 in financing, may grow to be a part of the green revolution. â€œI do a lot of prototyping myself even though Iâ€™m not an engineer because I know what the product should be and how it should work,â€ she says of their development process.
Dream vacation: "Maybe Fiji or Turks & Caicos"
Dream car: Iâ€™m hoping that more of the high class, expensive cars coming out will be hybrid cars. It doesnâ€™t hurt to help the environment and look good while youâ€™re doing it."
Phone: Blackberry currently but getting an iPhone 4S
Other tech tools: iPad for work, iTouch for working out