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.
Donna D’Cruz, founder and CEO of Rasa Living - a leading lifestyle brand, was born in South India and grew up in Australia before settling in New York City. Her personal journey makes her uniquely qualified to weave contemporary rhythms and music with the mystical and spiritual world traditions. Donna D’Cruz is a celebrity DJ / performer as well as a model, designer, artist, and producer. Her connections in the club world and the fashion world help her unite these high-profile scenes with the world’s spiritual traditions. RASA LIVING is focused on music and creating tools for health, enlightenment and Conscious Entertaining. Donna leads Mediation and Workshops at the Lower East Side Girls Club NYC; leads bi-monthly Meditation & Music sessions at The Standard Hotel; leads weekly Meditation at Phoenix House, America’s oldest Drug and Recovery Facility; serves on the Advisory Board of Fran Drescher’s “Cancer Schmancer Foundation”and teaches and speaks worldwide to Woman, Recovery and Diversity groups.
Erin McKean is the founder of Reverb Technologies, which makes the Reverb iPad app and Wordnik.com. She was the editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2e, and is the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That's Amore (also about words). Her first novel, The Secret Lives of Dresses, was published by GrandCentral/5Spot in February 2011. Her newest book is The Hundred Dresses, a nonfiction field guide to dress archetypes, published by Bloomsbury in June 2013. She lives in the Bay Area, rants about dresses on her blog (A Dress A Day), and she's actually really bad at Scrabble (but surprisingly good at roller-skating).