Ann Makosinski is a 22-year-old student, serial inventor and media darling doing numerous global appearances and keynote talks. Her first toy was a box of transistors, which launched her journey into the world of inventing. 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 at night. The Hollow Flashlight was invented… 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 the age 15-16 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 are 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 has just completed development on her collection of innovative children’s toys powered by green energy and she is currently in talks with toy companies for distribution. Ann is also working on a series of children’s picture books to sell in conjunction with her toys. She is in final talks with a major production company to develop television based around some of her work. Ann spoke at the Forbes Impact Summit in NYC, the Congreso Futuro in Chile, the Atlantic Festival in Ireland, the Y20 Summit in Argentina, and the EF Leadership Summit in Berlin. Ann returned to Berlin to speak at the Greentech Conference (run in partnership by racecar driver Nico Rosberg and the Formula E Championship), and she represented the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in their Future Launch campaign.
A few of her most recent speaking engagements include delivering the keynote talk to the Lili’uokalani Fund in Honolulu, then speaking at the International Project Management Forum in Dubai, and ending 2019 presenting at an event for Red Bull Basement University. Ann is starting off the new year in Switzerland, presenting a workshop and a keynote talk to an exclusive private school. She was also invited by the luxury travel company Abercrombie and Kent to join as a member of their expedition staff for the “Inspiring the Next Generation” luxury expedition for both years 2020 and 2021.
Ann is frequently traveling the world delivering keynote talks ranging from events hosted by McCann Erickson in NYC for their major clients, a private event at the Pictet Bank in Geneva, King Abdullah’s University for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. She has delivered five TEDx talks, and she sailed through the Arctic on an icebreaker ship. She was one of Glamour Magazine’s top ten College Women of the Year, one of seven of Teen Vogue Global Earth Angels, and Popular Science’s “Breakout Young Inventor of the Year.” She was named to both the Forbes 30 Under 30 and Times 30 Under 30 lists. Ann is also one of the AAT Project Ambassadors. Ann appeared with Miley Cyrus for Converse, was named the global brand ambassador for Uniqlo fleece, in addition to endorsing many other brands including the Google Pixel 2, where she worked with Vice to create the campaign.
When Ann was a child her first toy was a box of transistors, which launched her journey into the world of inventing. Ann started participating in her local science fair, and developed a passion to explore the world of alternative energy harvesting. When Ann’s friend in the Philippines messaged her explaining that she failed her grade in school because she couldn’t afford electricity or light to study with at night, Ann knew she could solve her friend’s problem. She invented the Hollow Flashlight, a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand. Ann’s flashlight won at both the Intel Science and Engineering Fair and Google Science Fair. Her next invention was the eDrink, a coffee mug that converts the excess heat of your hot drink into electricity, giving your phone or iPod a boost of energy.
The next chapter of Ann’s life began after she won the Google Science Fair with the Hollow Flashlight, propelling her invention to viral status. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon invited her to appear to introduce the flashlight to the world. Jimmy Fallon fell in love with her and invited Ann back to introduce her next invention, the eDrink. Ann’s celebrity as a brilliant inventor launched her into becoming one of the most sought after inventors and keynote speakers of her generation.