Vancouver’s very own UBC student, Ann Makosinski, has recently made Forbes Top 30 Under 30 in the energy category due to two inventions she has created.
Makosinski, is a 19-year-old UBC student who recently made the list on Forbes with two key inventions. One of the many interesting aspects about Makosinski is that she is in her second year of her English major. Often, Humanities degrees are deemed “useless,” when in reality humanities degrees can make you think more critically and creatively, which Makosinski reveals. “I think it is important to have a balance of science and arts to be able to be accessible in either fields,” Makosinski explained to CBC News.
The first invention being a hollow flashlight that is powered by the heat of a human hand, and the second invention, called the E-drink, being a coffee mug that uses the heat from the coffee/ hot water to charge a phone. Throughout her recent media coverage, Makosinski has been on Jimmy Fallon twice, and she has done five Ted Talks.
Although she’s just now being noticed for her work, she invented the hollow flashlight at only age 15, when she won at the Google Science Fair back in 2013 for her age category.
Makosinski has even made her own company back in October and is hoping to market her hollow flashlight and have it in stores by the end of 2017. Although the E-drink isn’t a priority right now, hopefully that’ll be on shelves soon too.