Innovative Lives: Jessica O. Matthews (February 10)

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February 10, 2021
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Business History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Urban History / Studies


On Wednesday, February 10, join the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation online for Innovative Lives: Jessica O. Matthews, featuring Nigerian-American inventor and CEO Jessica O. Matthews.


Innovative Lives: Jessica O. Matthews

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Time: 4:00–5:30 pm ET

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Jessica O. Matthews is the Founder & CEO of Uncharted Power, an award-winning, sustainable infrastructure company that transforms the ground beneath us into an industrial IoT platform for streamlining the integration, deployment, and management of critical infrastructure such as power lines, broadband, sidewalks, and water pipes. Jessica’s career started at the age of 19 with her invention of the SOCCKET, an energy-generating soccer ball. At the age of 22, Jessica founded Uncharted Power as a power solutions company before expanding to integrated infrastructure solutions. In 2016, she raised the largest (at the time) Series A funding round ever secured by a Black female founder. During the live program, Matthews will share stories about her background, inspirations, and inventions leading to 12 patents. The program will be moderated by Monica M. Smith, Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation at the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.


About Innovative Lives: Now in its 25th year, the Lemelson Center’s Innovative Lives program series gives participants the opportunity to engage in a public conversation with diverse inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs about their pioneering work and careers.


Accessibility: The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. CART captioning will be available for this program. Additional accommodations are available upon request; please email


P.S. Our online guests may also be interested in the Lemelson Center’s recent webinar series, Black Inventors and Innovators: New Perspectives. Click the link for details and videos of all five sessions!

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