|Born||October 3, 1997|
Ann Makosinski is a Canadian inventor and public speaker. She is best known for her invention of the thermoelectric flashlight in 2013.
Makosinski is of Filipino and Polish descent.
In 2013, Makosinski won the Google Science Fair with for her invention of the thermoelectric flashlight. The device relies on the thermoelectric effect using Peltier tiles. It is hollow to increase convection currents. She is currently in negotiations to commercially manufacture and distribute the flashlight. She was inspired by visits to her mother's homeland in the Philippines, where her friends failed at high school because they didn't have enough light to study at night.
In 2013, she presented her invention at TEDx Richmond and TEDx Vancouver and won a gold medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair. Later that year, she appeared in a Time magazine article about influential people younger than 30 years old. In 2016, she was voted the Popular Science Young Inventor of the Year.
In 2016, Ann won a $50,000 investment from the Quest Climate Grant, supported by Canadian Geographic and Shell Energy North America for inventions which are powered by body heat. Later that year, she was appointed a global brand ambassador for Uniqlo.
In 2018, Makosinski presented her invention of the "eDrink mug" to Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, which uses heat from a drink to charge a phone. As a prize, The Tonight Show gave her $5,000 to support her education.
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