Making is becoming a mainstream practice and maker spaces are now populating institutions like schools and libraries. As a result, kids are taking a break from their screens to get their hands dirty and create - something adults often neglect.
Founder and CEO, littleBits
Ayah Bdeir is founder and CEO of littleBits, the easiest and most extensive way to learn and prototype with electronics. As an engineer and a leader in the Maker movement, Ayah's career has centered on advancing open source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible. She is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, an alumna of the MIT Media Lab, and a TED Senior Fellow. Ayah has been named one of MIT Tech Review's 35 Innovators Under 35, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, and one of Inc.'s 35 Under 35. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Ayah lives in New York City.