In September 2011, Ayah Bdeir successfully introduced the world to a new category: modular electronics. In conversation with Dale Dougherty, you'll learn how she went from maker to mainstream, one "Bit" at a time.
Founder and CEO at littleBits, Ayah Bdeir is an engineer and interactive artist. An alumna of the MIT Media Lab, Ayah’s TED talk: “Building Blocks that Blink, Beep and Teach” about littleBits has garnered more than one million views. Ayah has lectured and advised extensively on how to get more girls into STEM, including at the White House "Breaking down gender stereotypes" panel, at Forbes Under 30 “Closing the Tech Gap” and at Women in the World with Tina Brown. She has earned countless awards for her work, including acquisition into the MoMA permanent collection, recognition in Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Business Insider’s 26 Most Powerful Women Engineers, Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35, Popular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, Entrepreneur’s 10 Leaders to Watch, and more.
Dale is founder and CEO of Maker Media, which publishes MAKE magazine and organizes Maker Faire. He is also Chairman of the Maker Education Initiative (www.makered.org).