Mothers of Invention – Lighting Up Lives
The SOCCKET, the flagship product of Uncharted Play is a soccer ball that harnesses the energy from play and stores it for later use – to power a lamp, say, or charge a cell phone. It’s an especially useful tool in developing communities with little or no access to power. CEO Jessica O. Matthews created the SOCCKET with Julia Silverman in 2008 and co-founded Uncharted Play with her in 2011. Today, Uncharted Play’s energy-generating toys have expanded to the updated SOCCKET II, a jump rope called the PULSE and soon, a longboard.
Since its inception in 2012, Toyota has cultivated the Toyota Mothers of Invention program by not only awarding more than $1 million to these women-led companies with Driving Solutions grants, but also facilitating networking opportunities, building relevant connections, and providing access to intellectual capital to help their organizations go places. These women, who are leading the charge to work on issues like homelessness, education, food, water, energy, and more, come from all over the world, and are using innovation to create lasting and sustainable impact.
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