Andini “Ann” Makosinski

Student, Inventor, Writer, Producer, Host  | CEO of Makotronics Enterprises Inc.


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 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.

WATCH: From Tinkering to Invention | Forbes x Andini
Did you know? Ann loves playing the piano and the violin, listening to jazz, editing films, and reading classics.


21st Century Education

The educational system is radically behind. Equipping students to have the 21st-century skills they’ll need in the real world is vital, yet we often see the stuffy classrooms, textbook homework questions, and rigid class structure in place.

Andini is passionate about challenging educators around the world to rethink how they are using their classrooms.

Combining Science & Art

In this talk, Andini discusses the crucial yet often overlooked combination of science and art. 

She encourages the audience to rethink the stereotypes behind the sciences and the arts and questions why we pit them against each other instead of celebrating the many ways in which science and art are intricately linked.

Andini's Life Story

One of Andini’s most requested talks, Andini focuses on her unique growing up experience – infused with opera, silent movies, taking old electronics apart, inventing, eating insects, helping her dad on his film shoots, and beginning her science fair journey.

The Inventing Mindset

Andini’s soon to be released book with Knopf Canada discusses the idea of inhabiting what she likes to call ‘the Inventing Mindset’, a unique problem-solving approach to life that encourages constant creativity.

Communicating Your Ideas

Storytelling and communication are more vital than ever, especially nowadays with A.I. and social media. Now there are billions of voices on the Internet, so how can your ideas stand out? Be heard? You must find ways to strengthen this skill, and understand why it’s so important.

Tech - Tool or Terror?

We all need to rethink our relationship with technology and how we use it. As more new tech gets thrown at us on a daily basis, it becomes hard to draw the line. Andini gives her perspective on this topic as a Gen Z’er who grew up without a smartphone.

Social Media + Teens

Andini talks about what it could look like for you to have healthy interactions on social media – and if it’s even possible. She references the latest developments in both the mental health and social media spaces as she dives into this controversial topic.

Give Your Kid Garbage

Andini talks about what it could look like for you to have healthy interactions on social media – and if it’s even possible.

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