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Ann Makosinski

Student Inventor, Google Science Fair Winner & Forbes 30 Under 30

Ann (Andini) Makosinski is an acclaimed student inventor interested in alternative energy harvesting techniques and their applications in improving the life of people all over the world. She is best known for her invention; the Hollow Flashlight, a flashlight that runs solely off the heat of the human hand. The flashlight was recognized with the a Gold Medal and the Energy Award at the Canada-Wide Science Fair, the Google Science Fair Award, and received four awards at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair.

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Presentations

How to Be a Differentist
Most 18 year old college sophomores are thinking about final exams, summer vacation, and dorm room shenanigans. But before 18-year-old Ann Makosinski ever stepped into a college classroom, she had won the Google Science Fair, garnered awards at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, was featured in TIME Magazine, and appeared on the Tonight Show — twice. Instead of couching herself in the typical definitions of “entrepreneur” or “inventor,” Ann has coined a term for herself: “differentist.”

In today’s celebrated and well-documented innovation economy championed by Silicon Valley wunderkinds like Mark Zuckerberg, we have a tendency to think that the best new ideas are exclusively coming out of Bay Area, or the offices of Apple, Uber, or other tech giants. But sometimes, world-changing ideas come out of a home basement in the suburbs. Join Ann as she explains what it’s like to be a differentist in a world that’s constantly redesigning and reimagining itself, and charting new courses.

Inventing the Future
Following her big win at Google Science Fair, Ann was named to Time magazine’s 30 under 30 and went on to receive four major awards at the 2014 Intel Science and Engineering Fair and speak at four TEDx events. She brought her hollow flashlight to the Tonight Show in 2014, and was invited back this fall to unveil her new eDrink invention, a travel mug that harvests excess heat from hot drinks and converts it into electricity to give your mobile phone’s battery a boost. Ann’s philosophy is ‘The only way to find out is to build it.’ In this presentation, she shares the benefits of pursuing curiosity. About how dreaming about something, and asking, ‘Is this possible?’ can change the world.

Why I Don’t Use a Smart Phone
Imagine all the things you can do…off of your phone. Parents be warned. Ann is urging people to ditch their devices and do something else instead with their time. By detaching from smartphones, Ann shares how it has helped her think creatively, made her more sociable, and most importantly, made her the Inventor she is today.

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Ann is a great speaker for panels or interviews on the subjects of innovation, technology, science, STEM, entrepreneurship, education & more.

Awards

2017
Forbes | 30 Under 30

2015
Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award
Huffinton Post | Change Makers/HuffPost 50
FLARE | 30 Under 30
‘Pauchon Foundation | Betterment of Mankind Award
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society | The Quest Climate Grant Award

2014
Ontario Science Centre | Weston Youth Innovation Award
Victoria Conservatory of Music | Award for Creativity in Arts and Science

  • Ann is one of the spunkiest people you will ever meet…Ann has a wonderful and hilarious sense of humour... Ann has become a role model for thousands of students in Victoria, her hometown, but has remained a humble and down-to-earth person.

    - UWC Alumn

Summary Profile

Ann participated in local science fairs starting grade 6, and in grade 10 her inspiration grew when her friend in the Philippines failed her grade because she had no electricity or light to study with at night. The Hollow Flashlight was created… a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand! Ann won numerous awards at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, and ultimately won her age category at the 2013 Google Science Fair. She is currently in talks to manufacture and globally distribute her flashlight.

Ann’s next invention was the eDrink, created out of necessity after listening to her high school friends complain about their hot coffee taking too long to cool down, and their phones always running out of battery. Coffee and phones being a mainstay to her generation, Ann combined the two to solve their problem. This invention converts the excess heat of your coffee while cooling into electricity, which will give your phone or iPod a boost of energy. The eDrink won at the 2015 Intel Science and Engineering Fair.

Ann is one of the most sought after inventors and global influencers of her generation. She has been featured in numerous media outlets, including two appearances on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, named the global brand ambassador for Uniqlo fleece, and will be appearing in the upcoming documentary produced by Legendary Pictures “The Disruptors”. Ann was named one of TIMES 30 Under 30, just finished her fifth TEDx talk, and was awarded the 2015 SEA Award (Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award) in Vienna, which Obama received last year. She was the recipient of the Quest Climate Change Grant from Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic. Ann was also chosen to be one of Teen Vogue’s Global Earth Angels (An Eco Activist Saving the Planet). Popular Science has named Ann “Breakout Young Inventor of the Year” and Ann is a global ambassador for the AAT Project. Currently Ann is working on her first book.  

She is one of the leading speakers on innovation