Ayah Bdeir is an engineer and is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empowers people to create inventions, large and small. 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 also a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, an alumna of the MIT Media Lab and a TED Senior Fellow (her TED talk “building blocks that blink, beep and teach” has over 700k views).
She has received many awards and accolades; most recently, littleBits was named one of the 50 smartest companies of 2016 by MIT Technology Review. Bdeir was also named a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Honoree, one of one of Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35, one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, one of Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, one of Entrepreneur’s 10 Leaders to Watch, one of the CNBC Next List, and one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35.Download Bio
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