Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that is democratizing hardware and empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small. Through littleBits, Bdeir has created a powerful global community of current and future makers.
Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Bdeir’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. A leader in her field, Bdeir has been recognized for her innovation and fresh thinking on the following lists: Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35, NY Business Journal’s Women of Influence, Fast Company’s 100 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. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Ayah now lives in New York City.