[SIGCIS-Members] Innovative Lives: Jessica O. Matthews (February 10)

Hintz, Eric HintzE at si.edu
Mon Feb 8 14:35:43 PST 2021

**Hi SIGCIS subscribers - join us for an upcoming Zoom program featuring inventor-entrepreneur Jessica O. Matthews.  Her company, Uncharted Power, has developed IoT-enabled street and sidewalk pavers, power lines, and water pipes, demonstrating what the Maintainers might call "innovation in infrastructure maintenance." Hope you can join us!  Eric Hintz

On Wednesday February 10,  we invite you to join the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation<https://invention.si.edu/> 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
Registration Link: https://unchartedpower.eventbrite.com/

Jessica O. Matthews is the Founder & CEO of Uncharted Power<https://www.u-pwr.co/>, 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<https://invention.si.edu/tags/innovative-lives-program> 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 nmahprograms at si.edu<mailto:nmahprograms at si.edu>.

P.S. Our online guests may also be interested in the Lemelson Center's recent webinar series, Black Inventors and Innovators: New Perspectives<https://invention.si.edu/black-inventors-and-innovators-new-perspectives>. Click the link for details and videos of all five sessions!
Eric S. Hintz, PhD (he/him), Historian, Lemelson Center
Office +1 202-633-3734 | Mobile +1 610-717-7134 |Fax +1 202-633-4593
Email hintze at si.edu<mailto:hintze at si.edu> | americanhistory.si.edu<http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/> | invention.si.edu<http://www.invention.si.edu/>

Author, American Independent Inventors in an Era of Corporate R&D<https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/american-independent-inventors-era-corporate-rd> (MIT Press, 2021)
Co-editor, Does America Need More Innovators?<https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/does-america-need-more-innovators> (MIT Press, 2019)

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