Smart Solutions: Soccket Ball

President Jakaya Kikwete and US President Barack Obama played with a "Soccket" Ball while visiting Ubungo power plant.
Obama introduced locals to SOCCKET, an energy-generating soccer ball created by 2010 Harvard alums Jessica Matthews (Nigerian America) and Julia Silverman. With every kick, the kinetic energy of the ball’s movement is converted into stored electrical energy. Roughly 30 minutes of play is enough to provide up to three hours of light.
“I don’t want to get too technical, but I thought it was pretty cool,The SOCCKET turns one of the most popular games in Africa into a source of electricity and progress. You can imagine this in villages all across the continent.”- US President  Barack Obama


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