Ayah Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Ayah’s career and education have centered on advancing open source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. She is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, a TED Senior Fellow and an alumna of the MIT Media Lab.
Ayah was named one of Business Insider’s 26 Most Powerful Women Engineers, is a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Honoree, and her name appears as one of Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35, NY Business Journal’s Women of Influence, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, Entrepreneur’s 10 Leaders to Watch, CNBC Next List, and one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35.
littleBits is a New York City based startup that makes an open source library of modular electronics (opensource electronics), which snap together with small magnets for prototyping and learning. The company’s goal is to democratize hardware the way software and printing have been democratized. The littleBits mission is to put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone, and to break down complex technologies so that anyone can build, prototype, and invent. littleBits units are available in more than 70 countries and used in more than 2,000 schools. The company was named to CNN’s 10 Startups to Watch for 2013.