Ann Makosinski

Ann Makosinski is an acclaimed inventor, global inspirational keynote speaker and driving creative force in the green energy field. Her current invention is a line of eco-friendly children’s toys powered by green energy. She is also known for her invention the Hollow Flashlight, a flashlight that runs solely off the heat of the human hand, as well as the eDrink, a coffee mug that harvests the excess heat of your hot drink and converts it into electricity. Ann has been named as Times Magazine’s 30 Under 30, Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30, Teen Vogue’s Earth Angel, Glamour Magazine’s College Women of the Year, Greentech’s Rising Star, and has delivered 5 TEDX talks (to name a few).


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 several networks to develop television series based on different stages of her life and 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 is currently representing 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 in 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.

Speech Topics

Note: Ann is a versatile speaker and can adapt her talks to whatever topics the client requests. Ann has spoken to groups ranging from private European banks, McCann Erickson’s top clients, the Industrial Designer’s Society of America, King Abdullah’s University of Science and Technology, Miley Cyrus, communities in the Arctic, Nico Rosberg’s Greentech Festival and Formula One event, Dubai international transportation conference, numerous colleges and high schools, and many more…

Green Energy and Saving the Planet:

Ann is a passionate crusader for harnessing alternative energy sources and using green energy instead of oil, batteries or other toxic chemicals. Her most recent inventions are a line of children's eco-friendly toys powered by green energy. She loves discussing why we need to become more conscious of our ecological green footprint, and how we should be focusing on inventing green solutions to help save the Earth. Growing up on the beautiful West Coast of Canada, an appreciation and curiosity for the world we live in was instilled in Ann early on, and her talks will inspire others to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Education | The Art and Science of Inventing:
On her journey through the education system, Ann received international acclaim for her work in the sciences thanks in large part to two of her inventions: the Hollow Flashlight and the e-Drink. It came as a surprise to many when she decided to pursue a degree in English Literature rather than Engineering. But it shouldn’t have. Some of the most innovative people in history had a crossover in both fields. In this presentation, Ann shows people how integrating the Arts & Sciences can help one develop innovative mindsets. Studies show how people exposed to science-arts integration see improvements in reasoning, language skills, self-confidence. Ann will inspire her audience to innovate using science and art.

How To be a “Differentist”:
Most college kids are thinking about finals, summer vacation and dorm room shenanigans. But before Ann 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 calling herself an “entrepreneur” or “inventor,” Ann has coined a new term: “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 the Bay Area or offices of other tech giants. However, Ann proved that sometimes world-changing ideas come out of a home basement in the suburbs. Let Ann explain what it’s like to be a differentist in a world that’s constantly redesigning and reimagining itself while charting new courses.

Inventing the Future:

Following her big win at Google Science Fair, Ann was named to Time Magazine’s 30 Under 30, Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30, received four major awards at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair and gave five TEDx talks. She introduced her invention the Hollow Flashlight on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and was invited back to unveil her new invention The eDrink, a travel mug that harvests excess heat from hot drinks and converts it into electricity to give your phone a boost of energy. Ann’s only way to find answers is to MAKE it! In this presentation, she encourages the audience to pursue their big dreams, and advises them on how to take an idea and turn it into a physical invention/product.


Ann is a prolific speaker on panels or interviews on the subjects of innovation, green energy, the arts & sciences, technology, entrepreneurship, education & more.

Speaker Fee Range

$25 - 30K

Travels From

New York City

Virtual Fees

Tedx Talk “Why I don’t Own a Smartphone” 2.6 Million Views:

Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon 1,005,000 Views:

Forbes Feature 104,000 Views: