Ayah Bdeir
Creator of LittleBits, TED Fellow, Engineer

Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that is empowering kids everywhere to create inventions, large and small. Ayah is an engineer, interactive artist, and one of the leaders of the open-source hardware movement. She has lectured extensively and taught numerous workshops to get non-engineers, and particularly young girls, interested in STEM and STEAM. 

Ayah’s career has centered on making education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. An alumna of the MIT Media Lab, Ayah founded littleBits in 2011, after exhibiting a prototype at World Maker Faire in New York City. In 2012, she was awarded the highly prestigious TED fellowship, as one of 25 innovators from around the world. Her TED talk: “Building Blocks that Blink, Beep and Teach” about littleBits has over 1 million views. She was named a TED Senior Fellow in 2013. Ayah has been named one of Business Insider’s 26 Most Powerful Women Engineers, a New York Hall of Science Creative Entrepreneur, Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Honoree, one of Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35, one of NY Business Journal’s Women of Influence, 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. Originally from Lebanon, Ayah now lives in New York City.

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Introducing LittleBits Ayah Bdeir tells us about littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together, like Legos.

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“There was a lot of buzz in between the afternoon sessions, and specific references to Ayah's presentation. People were talking both about Ayah, and the Little Bits product. She brought the perfect blend of energy and inspiration to our morning line up.”
- Kim Mahan, Maxx Potential (WomenEtc Conference)