Ann Makosinski is not your average university student. One of six winners of the 2015 Quest Climate Grant, the 18 year old from Victoria is also an up-and-coming inventor.
She came into the spotlight last year when she debuted her Hollow Flashlight on the Jimmy Fallon Show. It’s a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand.
She invented the Hollow Fliashlight when she was still in high school, and it won her the 2013 Google Science Fair.
She’s now a student at UBC and recently invented the eDrink, a mobile phone-charging travel mug.
WATCH Ann present her eDrink on Jimmy Fallon:
She says she’s always been a tinkerer, partly because restrictions her parents put on her when she was a kid forced her to be creative.
“My parents didn’t really give me a lot of toys, so I’d take garbage from around the house and I’d piece them together with my glue gun and create inventions. And I’d talk about them, and that’s how the whole thing started.”
Makosinski says she’s been doing science fairs since she was in Grade 6 and it’s second nature for her to follow through with her ideas.
“I just get down to it. I think a lot of people they have great ideas but they don’t the initiative or motivation to follow through.”
She says ultimately she’d like to make her own job, somehow combining her interest in electronics making small usable devices for people, with her love for film.
She will use the $50,000 Quest Climate Grant to help patent her ideas and eventually bring her products to market.
Listen to her full interview on The Jon McComb Show here:
(Simi Sara sitting in for Jon McComb)