Ann Makosinski is a Polish-Filipino Canadian student inventor doing numerous global appearances and keynote talks. Ann’s first toy was a box of old transistors which launched her journey into the world of inventing.
As early as 11, Ann started participating in the Vancouver Island Regional Science Fair, and developed a passion to explore the world of alternative energy harvesting.
When Ann was fourteen years old, she found out that her friend Maria in the Philippines failed a grade in school because her family couldn’t afford electricity. Maria therefore had no light to study with when darkness hit at 6 pm, so Ann set about finding a solution. After a year of research and experimenting, Ann invented the Hollow Flashlight, a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand.
Ann’s invention ended up going viral and winning the prestigious 1st prize at the International Google Science Fair in Mountainview, California. After the wins, Ann was featured in countless local, nation-wide, and international news outlets. She became an avid global keynote speaker, invited to present at myriads of business/technology conferences, giving five TEDx talks around the world, and conducting multiple interviews from her basement workshop in Victoria.
During her grade eleven year, Ann demonstrated the flashlight to Jimmy Fallon on his premiere week hosting the Tonight Show and was included on the prestigious Times Magazine World Changers 30 under 30 list. Ann then invented another energy saving device – the eDrink. The eDrink harvests the excess heat of one’s hot drink and converts it into electricity, which gives one’s phone battery a boost of energy.
More awards and interviews followed, and Ann with her father set up Makotronics Enterprises Incorporated in Victoria, a BC corporation to manage the patenting and licensing of her inventions. Ann’s gift of speech and presentation launched her into becoming one of the most sought after inventors and keynote speakers of her generation. She was then named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Energy sector, and was also named on BC Business Magazine’s 30 Under 30.
Ann was named 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.”
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. Ann has frequently traveled 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, and the King Abdullah’s University for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia where she presented talks to the university students, as well as local high school students.
She also had the honour of being invited as a Youth Ambassador on the Canada C3 Expedition, where she sailed through the NorthWest Passage on an icebreaker, while stopping and talking to the students in remote Inuit communities. Ann was also honored to be one of Canada’s five chosen representatives at the I7 in Turin, Italy, which was an innovation focused committee that reported their feedback and thoughts to the annual G7 conference.
In June 2019, Ann moved to New York City and began working on a collection of innovative, eco-friendly children’s toys powered by thermoelectric energy, as well as a line of plushies/plastic collectibles that represent different electronic parts of a circuit. Her toys were profiled on a CNN article.