Ayah Bdeir, CEO of littleBits, will speak at Chattanooga State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. This free public event will be in the Gym of the Amnicola campus, 4501 Amnicola Hwy. LittleBits has been called electronic legos for the iPad generation.
Ms. Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Ms. 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. Recently Ms. Bdeir has been named no.33 on FastCompany’s Most Creative People in Business for 2013 and littleBits has been named as one of CNN’s top 10 Emerging Startups to watch. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Ms. Ayah now lives in New York City.
2004: Graduates from the American University of Beirut with bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering and Sociology
2006: Receives Master’s degree in Computing Culture from the MIT Media Lab
2008: Awarded a fellowship and senior fellowship at the Eyebeam Art+Technology Center in New York and creates the first littleBits prototype
2009: Delivers invited talk at TEI Conference in Cambridge, UK and publishes “Electronics as Material” academic paper
2009: Exhibits early littleBits prototypes at Eyebeam in solo exhibit “Electronics As Material” (littleBits blog)
2009: Teaches graduate courses in “Technology as Identity,” at NYU, and “Making Things Move,” at Parsons The New School for Design
2010: Founds Karaj, Beirut’s first nonprofit lab for experimental arts, architecture and technology, with Adib Dada and with support from Creative Commons, Eyebeam.org and Parsons Design Technology
2010: Organizes the first “Opening Hardware” workshop at Eyebeam, which gives rise to the first Open Hardware definition, and then leading to the CERN Open Hardware License
2010: Co-founds the Open Hardware Summit with Alicia Gibb, which leads to the Open Source Hardware Association
2010: Named a Creative Commons Fellow in recognition of her work on the Open Hardware Summit; serves as mentor on Stars of Science, the Middle East’s first reality TV show promoting science, technology and innovation
2011: Launches the Open Hardware logo competition for the industry’s “seal of approval,” with the community choosing the winner by popular vote
2011: Creates and sells the first littleBits kit
2012: Named a TED2012 Fellow and delivers a talk at TED2012 in Long Beach, California, about littleBits and the future of play; subsequently awarded a TED2013 Senior Fellowship
2013: Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013 by Fast Company.