Ann Makosinski

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Ann Makosinski
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Born (1997-10-03) October 3, 1997 (age 24)
Alma mater
Known forInventions

Ann Makosinski is a Canadian inventor and public speaker. She is best known for her invention of the thermoelectric flashlight in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Makosinski is of Filipino and Polish descent.[1]

For her 7th grade science project, Makosinski invented a radio that could be powered by the wasted heat from a candle. Two years later, she built a piezoelectric flashlight of her own design.[2]

Thermoelectric flashlight[edit]

In 2013, Makosinski won the Google Science Fair with for her invention of the thermoelectric flashlight.[3][4] The device relies on the thermoelectric effect using Peltier tiles. It is hollow to increase convection currents.[2] She is currently in negotiations to commercially manufacture and distribute the flashlight.[5][6] 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.[4][7]

In 2013, she presented her invention at TEDx Richmond and TEDx Vancouver and won a gold medal at the Canada-Wide Science Fair.[8][9][10] Later that year, she appeared in a Time magazine article about influential people younger than 30 years old.[11] In 2016, she was voted the Popular Science Young Inventor of the Year.[12]


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.[13] Later that year, she was appointed a global brand ambassador for Uniqlo.[5][14][15]

In 2017, Makosinski was included on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.[16][17] She was also named one of Glamour magazine's 2018 College Women of the Year.[18]

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.[19][20][21] As a prize, The Tonight Show gave her $5,000 to support her education.[22]

In 2018, Makosinski won four major awards from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.[23]

Makosinski has studied at St. Michaels University School.[24] She is currently a student at the University of British Columbia and completed the Arts One program.[23]

Makosinski is the founder of Makotronics Enterprises and has filed several patents.[25][26]


Makosinski's family live in Saanich, British Columbia.[27] Her father is a retired lab manager with two medical patents.[8]


  1. ^ Ramos-Reid, Rachel. "Ann Makosinski: The Girl Next Door is a Young Scientist - Canadian Filipino Net". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  2. ^ a b "Will Ann Makosinski change the world? (Includes interview and first-hand account)". 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  3. ^ Google Science Fair (2014-02-11), Can I power a flashlight without batteries? | Ann Makosinski, retrieved 2018-07-31
  4. ^ a b News, ABS-CBN. "Fil-Canadian teen's invention gets Google's attention". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  5. ^ a b "Ann Makosinski - Jeff Jacobson Agency". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  6. ^ "Not your usual 19-year-old". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  7. ^ "This 18-Year-Old Invented A Coffee Mug That Can Charge Your Phone". Popular Science. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  8. ^ a b "Ann Makosinski, Google Science Fair Finalist Heads To Calif., Hits TEDx Circuit (VIDEO)". HuffPost Canada. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  9. ^ TEDx Talks (2013-11-25), Be the source: Ann Makosinski at TEDxRenfrewCollingwood, retrieved 2018-07-31
  10. ^ "Young Innovators: Ann Makosinski of Makotronics Enterprises — Douglas Magazine". Douglas Magazine. 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  11. ^ Rhodan, Maya. "These Are the 30 People Under 30 Changing the World". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  12. ^ Popular Science (2016-09-20), Meet Ann Makosinski: Our Young Inventor Of The Year, retrieved 2018-07-31
  13. ^ "Ann Makosinski, B.C. Teen Inventor, Wins $50,000 In Latest Achievement". HuffPost Canada. 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  14. ^ TakePart (2016-10-26), Make Better Today – Ann Makosinski | Presented by TakePart + Lenovo, retrieved 2018-07-31
  15. ^ Iswarienko, Kurt (2016-03-11), Uniqlo - Ann Makosinski "Flashlight Girl", retrieved 2018-07-31
  16. ^ CBC News (2017-01-05), Teen inventor lands on Forbes 30 under 30 list, retrieved 2018-07-31
  17. ^ Michaels, Written by Koby. "UBC student Ann Makosinski named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list". The Ubyssey. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  18. ^ Militare, Jessica. "10 College Women on Activism, #MeToo, and Calling B.S. on Perfection". Glamour. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  19. ^ Luymes, ,Glenda. "Jimmy Fallon turns spotlight on Victoria teen's flashlight". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  20. ^ "Saanich teen's newest invention can use hot coffee to power devices". Global News. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  21. ^ The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2015-10-08), Fallonventions: eDrink, retrieved 2018-07-31
  22. ^ "Ann Makosinski's Tonight Show Segment Makes Victoria Proud". HuffPost Canada. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  23. ^ a b "Ann Makosinski: Inventing your UBC experience". UBC | Undergraduate Programs and Admissions. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  24. ^ SMART, ,AMY. "Vancouver Island student shows Jimmy Fallon her invention on Tonight Show". Archived from the original on 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  25. ^ "Ann Makosinski". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  26. ^ "Patents Assigned to MAKOTRONICS ENTERPRISES INC. - Justia Patents Search". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  27. ^ Smart, Amy. "Saanich student, 16, shows off invention on Tonight Show". Times Colonist. Retrieved 2018-07-31.