About Ayah

Bio

Ayah bdeir is an engineer and an interactive artist, and the founder of littleBits.cc, a NY-based startup with a mission to put the power of invention in the hands of everyone. littleBits is an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for learning and inventing, and has been acquired by MoMA for the museum’s permanent collection, won best of ToyFair, been featured on TED, BBC, Forbes and Popular Science, and called by Bloomberg TV LEGO’s for the iPad generation

Bdeir graduated with a Masters from the MIT Media Lab and Computer Engineering and Sociology in the American University of Beirut. Bdeir is considered one of the leaders of the maker movement and her career has centered on advancing open source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. Bdeir was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35, one of NY Business Journal’s Women of Influence, one of Fast Company’s 100 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.

Ayah lives and works in New York.

Languages

Arabic, English, French

TED Conferences

TED2015, TED2014, TED2013, TED2012

Areas of Expertise

Educational Technologies, Open hardware, Electronics, interactive art

An idea worth spreading

We spend more than 11 hours with technological devices every day, yet most of us don’t know how they work, or how to make our own.

For all the interactivity of these devices, we are limited to passive consumption.

I believe that we need to create the next generation problem-solvers, and interventions need to occur early. The time is ripe to create the building block of the 21st century and enable everyone to be an inventor

I'm passionate about

STEM/STEAM
Open hardware
Electronics
Interactive Art

Universities

MIT Media Lab

People don't know I'm good at

Making electronics & education sexy!