Education | The Art & Science of Invention
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Inventing the Future
Following her big win at Google Science Fair, Ann was named to Time magazine’s 30 under 30 and went on to receive four major awards at the 2014 Intel Science and Engineering Fair and speak at four TEDx events.
She brought her hollow flashlight to the Tonight Show in 2014, and was invited back this fall to unveil her new eDrink invention, a travel mug that harvests excess heat from hot drinks and converts it into electricity to give your mobile phone’s battery a boost.
Ann’s philosophy is ‘The only way to find out is to build it.
In this presentation, she shares the benefits of pursuing curiosity.
About how dreaming about something, and asking, ‘Is this possible?’ can change the world.
Ann participated in local science fairs starting grade 6, and in grade 10 her inspiration grew when her friend in the Philippines failed her grade because she had no electricity or light to study with at night.
She is one of the leading speakers on innovation.
The Hollow Flashlight was created… a flashlight that runs off the heat of the human hand!
Ann won numerous awards at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, and ultimately won her age category at the 2013 Google Science Fair.
She is currently in talks to manufacture and globally distribute her flashlight.
Ann’s next invention was the eDrink, created out of necessity after listening to her high school friends complain about their hot coffee taking too long to cool down, and their phones always running out of battery.
Coffee and phones being a mainstay to her generation, Ann combined the two to solve their problem.
This invention converts the excess heat of your coffee while cooling into electricity, which will give your phone or iPod a boost of energy. The eDrink won at the 2015 Intel Science and Engineering Fair.
Ann is one of the most sought after inventors and global influencers of her generation.
She has been featured in numerous media outlets, including two appearances on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, named the global brand ambassador for Uniqlo fleece, and will be appearing in the upcoming documentary produced by Legendary Pictures “The Disruptors”.
Ann was named one of TIMES 30 Under 30, just finished her fifth TEDx talk, and was awarded the 2015 SEA Award (Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award) in Vienna, which Obama received last year. She was the recipient of the Quest Climate Change Grant from Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic.
Ann was also chosen to be one of Teen Vogue’s Global Earth Angels (An Eco Activist Saving the Planet).
Popular Science has named Ann “Breakout Young Inventor of the Year” and Ann is a global ambassador for the AAT Project. Currently Ann is working on her first book.
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