Ann Makosinski is only 18—and already named one of Time’s 30 under 30 and global brand ambassador for Uniqlo fleece; appeared on NBC’s GE Fallonventions and CBS’s Innovation Nation; delivered TEDx talks; named AAT Project Ambassador; earned the 2015 Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award; and will appear in the documentary, “Disruptors.” Popular Science named her “Breakout Young Inventor of the Year.” Among her award-winning creations—the Hollow Flashlight—heated only by the human hand; and the eDrink, which converts wasted heat from hot liquids to power mobile phones. Makosinski is writing her first two books, My 18 Year Old Memoir, and a series of comedic, superhero, sci-fi, children's books.
My 18-year Journey
Ann Makosinski’s first toy was a box of transistors; her youth was nothing short of innovative and unique. At 15, she was inspired to create a flashlight that ran off the heat of the human hand—the Hollow Flashlight—when one of her friends in the Philippines failed a school grade because she didn’t have any light or electricity with which to study at night.
#MakingThingsHappen has become Makosinski’s philosophy in life. Now, at the age of only 18, she shares her focus on enlightening others—to realize their true potential to innovate and create.