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Ann Makosinski


Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Student Inventor, Google Science Fair Winner & Forbes 30 Under 30

An all-around 21st century Renaissance woman, Andini is best known for her invention of the Hollow Flashlight, a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand, and the eDrink; a coffee mug that harvests the excess heat of your hot drink and converts it into electricity to charge your phone. She is currently writing her first book, focused on The Inventing Mindset, which is set to be released by a major publisher in Spring 2024. Andini has given 5 TEDx talks, is a brand ambassador for Maybelline’s new Green Edition sustainable makeup line, one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30, Time Magazine’s 30 Under 30 World Changers, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Young Millionaires, and Glamour Magazine’s College Women of the Year, and Popular Science’s Young Inventor of the Year.

Keynote Speeches

My Life, So Far

Andini is frequently asked to talk about her own innovation journey, from early hot-glue-gun-and-garbage inventions, through the science fair world, to inspiring people young and old throughout the world. She offers insights for how others can manage a range of activities and influences to help encourage and catalyze others to spark meaningful change in their lives and the world.


Being Creative in a World of Constant Distraction

Social and popular media can pull us into an endless cycle of distraction and despair. Andini offers a range of strategies for shutting out the noise and focusing on creative activities that can help to spark a more positive life.

Inventing a World of Sustainability

Everyone lives on a planet undergoing rapid change. Everyone can invent. Let’s put those two things together and help everyone in the audience to see how they can use their creative inventing and problem-solving skills to create a more sustainable world.

Innovation at Any Age

Is it possible to be too young or too old to innovate? To Andini, the answer is an emphatic “no.” Whether it’s helping parents to encourage their children to learn the process of innovation or helping an older worker to kindle the mindset of an innovator, Andini shows how innovation isn’t just possible at any age — it’s a key element of a fulfilled life.

Platform Plus Presentations

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Panelist/In Conversation
Ann is a great speaker for panels or interviews on the subjects of innovation, technology, science, STEM, entrepreneurship, education & more.

Audience reviews:

  • Ann is one of the spunkiest people you will ever meet…Ann has a wonderful and hilarious sense of humour... Ann has become a role model for thousands of students in Victoria, her hometown, but has remained a humble and down-to-earth person.

    - UWC Alumn

Speaker Biography

Andini is a 2020’s renaissance woman, inventor, popular in-demand speaker, and student with many passions in the sciences and arts. Her first toy was a box of transistors, which kickstarted her curiosity into discovering how the world around her worked. Her mother coming from a small village in the Philippines, and her father growing up during WWII-torn Poland resulted in Andini’s childhood filled with the belief that being given less would result in maximizing one’s creativity. Andini was told to make her own toys with her hot glue gun, which she did by piecing together spare parts and garbage she collected around the house.

At age 11, Andini began entering science fairs with her inventions, and competed at 10 science fairs before finishing high school. Her projects were in the area of alternative energy harvesting. Andini’s most famous invention was born out of her friend Maria’s problem, who lived in the Philippines and had reached out to Andini in distress when she failed her grade in school. Maria was unable to study at night, as her family couldn’t afford electricity or light. Andini invented the Hollow Flashlight, a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand. The Hollow 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, which also won multiple awards. Andini debuted both her inventions on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and began speaking globally, while working towards a degree in English Literature.

Andini has been named to both the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 (Energy category) and Time Magazine 30 Under 30 World Changers lists. She was one of Glamour Magazine’s top ten College Women of the Year, one of seven of Teen Vogue Global Earth Angels, Popular Science’s “Breakout Young Inventor of the Year” and named on Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Young Millionaires” list. Andini has appeared with Miley Cyrus for Converse, named the global brand ambassador for Uniqlo’s Heat-Tech fleece, and worked with Vice to create a campaign for the Google Pixel.

Andini studied acting for a year at Herbert Berghof Studios in New York City, while simultaneously working on a line of children’s toys that ran off of green energy. She is part of Julia Middleton’s global expedition (https://www.womenemerging.org) to find a definition of leadership that resonates with women. Andini currently co-writing, co-producing and hosting an online series on Freethink “Your World On Money”, to be released in December 2022. Andini is an Abundance 360 Scholar, and is also completing her English degree at UVic. Andini is one of the campaign faces of Maybelline’s new Green Edition makeup line, a major effort towards sustainable practices in the beauty space. She is writing her first book, focused on the Inventing Mindset, which is set to be released by a major publisher in Spring 2024. Andini is also appearing as the conference host and panel moderator for the first NYC-edition Greentech Festival, created by F1 driver Nico Rosberg.