The Uncharted Play Mission

Foster well-being by inspiring people to lead playful lives.

Who We Are

Uncharted Play is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to improving lives through play.  Our flagship product is the SOCCKET, an energy harnessing soccer ball.

The Team


  • Jessica O. Matthews
    Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

  • Rich Frankenheimer
    Chief Financial Officer

  • Victor Angel
    Vice President of Product Development

  • Melissa Seligmann
    Vice President of Business Development

  • Oscar Salguero
    Lead Designer

  • Adriana Garcia
    Chief of Staff

  • Julia Silverman
    Co-Founder & Advisory Board Member

  • Michael Madnick
    Advisory Board Member

Our Product Development Approach

Care

We want each project we work on to have a positive impact on people and the environment. We strive to include all stakeholders in our development process to create practical products that are diven by our mission.

Embrace

Our product development  is driven by first-hand information we receive from our NGO partners.  We collect testimonials about positive experiences and use those as the starting point for potential solutions.

Amplify

Typical design interventions require users to adopt new behaviors for successful implementation.  Instead we focus on creating products that amplify existing behavior.

Our Story

In May of 2011, Jessica O. Matthews and Julia Silverman founded Uncharted Play–a new kind of social enterprise that would show the world that doing good and doing good business need not be mutually exclusive.

The Uncharted Play dream began in 2008 when Matthews and Silverman met during their junior year at Harvard College. Both studying to be social scientists with no experience in engineering, they nonetheless worked together on a class project to invent the SOCCKET– an energy harnessing soccer ball. Through this experience, both women realized that the world of play was truly uncharted territory when it came to tangibly addressing real issues facing the society. Though the future was uncertain, they knew that an enterprise grounded in sustainable, realistic solutions for happiness had an undeniable value.

After graduating from college, Matthews and Silverman set up shop in New York City and established an enthusiastic team to further develop the founders core values. The SOCCKET is constantly being reiterated to truly meet the needs of the end user, and development on several other fun and functional products has already begun.

Available jobs

  • Director of Manufacturing

    Uncharted Play is seeking an entrepreneurial, experienced industrial and product manufacturing generalist to lead the company in all production, sourcing, and vendor relationship matters. Working as a strategist, manager, and liaison between all things manufacturing and the core design team, the Director of Manufacturing will work with the head of the production facility, contractors, vendors, and manufacturing engineers, to create a seamless production process from low volume to mass volume. Experience setting up simple assembly lines, negotiating with vendors, and managing production timelines will be key. Willingness to travel is also necessary as the Director of Manufacturing will split his or her time between the NYC office and the production facility each week, and be expected to travel a few times per year to meet with vendors around the country and world.

    Responsibilities:

    Supply chain management
    Liaison between NYC office and production center/contract manufacturers
    Raw Materials Sourcing
    Design for manufacturing
    Development and management of production safety measures
    Development of manufacturing and assembly workflows
    Budgeting, cost accounting and scheduling
    Continuous improvement manufacturing
    Vendor and relationship management
    Qualifications:

    4-year degree in industrial engineering or a similar field
    At least six years experience in manufacturing and supply chain management
    Experience sourcing and negotiating with international vendors
    Extremely comfortable with common supply chain and manufacturing management software
    Experience in lean manufacturing, total quality management, and MRP.
    The ability to communicate with people on both the shop floor and the executive level.
    No ego – a willingness to be flexible and do what needs to be done to move the company forward

    Compensation Package:

    Salary DOE
    Unlimited paid time off
    Health Insurance Reimbursement
    Option Package

    How to apply
    Please email your resume and cover letter to careers@unchartedplay.com.

  • Marketing Director

    Uncharted Play is seeking a well-rounded, marketing maven with a go-getter, entrepreneurial attitude to develop strategy for and execute the company's marketing activities. Reporting directly to the CEO, the Director of Marketing will be the chief storyteller of the firm, responsible for developing and communicating the company brand on all platforms and managing public relations.

    Responsibilities:

    Multi-Platform Strategy Development
    Public Relations Management
    Social Media Management
    Copywriting
    Marketing and Customer Research

    Qualifications:

    Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4-year institution
    At least four years experience in marketing/advertising
    Experience leading marketing projects
    Experience with all forms of marketing and best practices
    Comfort working in an uncertain, constantly changing start-up environment
    No ego – a willingness to be flexible and do what needs to be done to move the company forward

    Compensation Package:

    Salary DOE
    Unlimited paid time off
    Health Insurance Reimbursement
    Option Package

    How to apply
    Please email careers@unchartedplay.com with your resume, portfolio, and a brief cover letter.

  • Creative Producer

    Uncharted Play is seeking a well-rounded, creative dynamo with a passion for creating inspiring visual content. Working with the head of Marketing, the Creative Producer will be responsible for creating and managing the visual identity of the company on all platforms – print, digital, film, and experiential.

    Responsibilities:

    Management of Visual Identity
    Graphic Design
    Web Design
    Photography & Photo Shoot Execution
    Film Production & Editing

    Qualifications:

    At least four years experience in creative direction and production
    Comfort using Final Cut Pro
    Comfort using InDesign
    Comfort using Photoshop and the Adobe Products Suite
    Ability to work well alone and on a team
    No ego – a willingness to be flexible and do what needs to be done to move the company forward

    Compensation Package:

    Salary DOE
    Unlimited paid time off
    Health Insurance Reimbursement
    Option Package

    How to apply

    Please send your resume, a brief cover letter, and your portfolio to careers@unchartedplay.com.

  • Graphic Design Intern

    As a Graphic Design Intern, you will be working with our Creative Team to generate art assets for our new online platform, The Play Fund. You will also be supporting our team to design and create digital, print and web layouts, documents, client presentations, marketing materials, etc. We are looking for someone with a strong portfolio demonstrating their ability to translate complex ideas into simple illustrations and infographics.

    The program is based in New York City. Scheduling is flexible, with a minimum of 20 hours per week required. We are very open to working with your schedule to find the best fit. Those eligible will be able to receive school credit.


    Open to juniors, seniors and recent grads in Bachelors of Communications Design, Graphic Design and Illustration.

    Personal Characteristics:

    Bright, dynamic and go-getter attitude
    Problem solver
    Creative and open-minded thinker
    Fast and eager learner
    Strong and self-motivated work ethic
    Exceptional teamwork skills
    Keen eye for detail

    Technical Aptitudes:

    Excellent visualization and sketching skills
    Strong foundation in type and layout
    Expertise in the use of Adobe Creative Suite
    Competency with vector/digital illustrations
    Familiarity with web design and considerations required of producing for web
    Portfolio should reflect a diverse range of styles and projects

  • Product Development Intern

    As a Product Development Associate, you will be immersed into the world of innovation for social change working closely with our product designers and design engineers. Throughout the program, you will get the opportunity to polish your technical and creative skills while working on projects geared for sustainable and social development. In particular, you will be involved in the development and execution of every stage of the design life cycle, including ethnographic research, prototyping and manufacturing production. You will have the opportunity to present design concepts and solutions to multi-disciplinary teams to further hone your design and communications skills.

    The program is based in New York City. Our culture is friendly, casual, and upbeat. Scheduling is flexible, with a minimum of 20 hours per week required. We are very open to working with your schedule to find the best fit. Those eligible will be able to receive school credit.

    What we’re looking for in a Product Development Associate:

    Open to juniors, seniors and recent grads in Bachelors in Industrial Design, Product Design, or Engineering.

    Personal Characteristics:

    Go-Getter Attitude
    Problem Solver
    Creative and Open-minded Thinker
    Fast and Eager Learner
    Strong and Self-motivated Work Ethic
    Exceptional Teamwork Skills

    Technical Aptitudes:

    Excellent visualization and 3D CAD skills
    Strong Adobe Photoshop knowledge and graphic design understanding

  • Business Development Intern

    As a Business Development Associate, you will be immersed into the world of start-up social enterprises—gaining invaluable experience in client relations, research, social media, retail launch and brand development. Throughout the program, you will work directly with the Vice President of Business Development to solicit, secure and maintain relationships with fortune 500 companies, foundations and governments. You will also be responsible for assisting the VP of Business Development in day to day activities, executing our social media strategy and assisting our chief of staff in the campus ambassador program.

    The program is based out of our downtown New York City office. Associates are expected to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours per week in the office.

    Compensation: Course-Credit

    Perks:

    Exclusive event access
    International & Domestic Travel
    Associate/Social Outings (It's a play company, after all)
    Future Growth in Company
    Candidates working toward a degree will be considered for full-time employment after graduation. Approximately 50% of all associates will be made offers for full-time employment.

    All candidates for this program should have background in business development, social media, and/or marketing. Please let us know which skills you possess in your cover letter. In addition, we’re looking for the following in our associates:

    Broad Interest in Social Enterprise
    Entrepreneurial Spirit
    Go-Getter Attitude
    Ability to Adapt to Changing Situations
    Ability to Multi-Task
    Strong written and oral communications skills
    Fast Learner
    Working Knowledge of Languages Other Than English

    If you are interested in becoming an associate, please email your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to mseligmann@unchartedplay.com with “Business Development Intern” in the subject line.

In the press

  • "Give a kid a ball, he’ll play for a day, maybe longer. Give a kid a little power and a chance to dream, and there’s no telling how far that ball will take him." read full article
  • "A simple yet brilliant idea: make soccer, a popular pastime in many developing (and developed) nations, a useful activity." read full article
  • "Illuminating Play: New York City's Uncharted Play Powers the Developing World Through Energy-Conducting Soccer Balls." read full article
  • The Brilliant Idea: A soccer ball that can power an LED light, providing clean energy in developing countries read full article
  • An invention with revolutionary potential for the developing world read full article
  • Genius Idea: The soccer ball that can power a lamp read full article
  • Millions in the developing world lack access to clean and safe electricity. Now, an innovative new football gives them a way to produce power with every kick. read full article

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