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Former CEO & Founder of littleBits

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Ayah Bdeir is the founder of littleBits, the award-winning company that invented the electronic building block and whose mission is to empower kids to be change-makers through invention and creativity. In 2011, Bdeir founded littleBits Electronics Inc, and ran it as CEO for 8 years. The company became a leader in education and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), won over 150 awards in education, tech and play, and partnered with industry giants, including Disney, Pearson, and the New York Department of Education. In 2019, littleBits was acquired by Edtech company Sphero.

Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the early leaders of the open hardware movement. Her career has centered on making education and innovation more accessible and inclusive.

In 2004 Bdeir graduated from the American University of Beirut with degrees in Computer and Communications Engineering and Sociology.

In 2006, she graduated from the MIT Media Lab and her work appeared in The New Museum, The Royal College of Art, and Ars Electronica.

In 2008 Bdeir received a fellowship at Eyebeam Art and Technology center, and taught at NYU’s ITP and Parsons DT.

In 2010, Bdeir worked on what Open Source meant for hardware, which garnered her a fellowship at Creative Commons and led to co-founding the premier conference on Open Hardware (the Open Hardware Summit) which itself inspired the development of the CERN Open Hardware License.

While at Eyebeam, Bdeir invented littleBits, the electronic.building block, and the first system of modular hardware in the world, acquired into the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) permanent collection.

After showing a prototype of littleBits at World Maker Faire in New York City, Bdeir founded littleBits Electronics Inc and raised over $70M from prominent investors in Silicon Valley and New York. In 2012, Bdeir was awarded the highly prestigious TED fellowship and her TED talk: “Building Blocks that Blink, Beep and Teach” has over 1 million views. While Bdeir was CEO, littleBits sold millions of units, won over 150 awards in education, tech and play, and led partnerships with Disney, Pearson and the New York Department of Education. In 2019 littleBits was acquired by Edtech company Sphero.

Since 2006 Bdeir has lectured and advised extensively on how to get more girls into STEM, including at the White House, at the World Bank and on the “Women in the World” stage with Tina Brown. In 2019 Bdeir launched “Snap the Gap” a $4M initiative with Disney to get every 10-year-old girl engaged in STEM.

Through her work with littleBits, Bdeir has received countless awards including being named one of 100 Most Influential women by the BBC, Popular Mechanics 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, Inc Magazine Top 100 Female Founders, on the CNBC Next List and on MIT Technology Review’s list of 35 Innovators Under 35. She holds over a dozen patents to her name.

Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Ayah lives in New York City.

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Ayah Bdeir

Former CEO & Founder of littleBits

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Ayah Bdeir Biography

Ayah Bdeir is the founder of littleBits, the award-winning company that invented the electronic building block and whose mission is to empower kids to be change-makers through invention and creativity. In 2011, Bdeir founded littleBits Electronics Inc, and ran it as CEO for 8 years. The company became a leader in education and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), won over 150 awards in education, tech and play, and partnered with industry giants, including Disney, Pearson, and the New York Department of Education. In 2019, littleBits was acquired by Edtech company Sphero.

Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the early leaders of the open hardware movement. Her career has centered on making education and innovation more accessible and inclusive.

In 2004 Bdeir graduated from the American University of Beirut with degrees in Computer and Communications Engineering and Sociology.

In 2006, she graduated from the MIT Media Lab and her work appeared in The New Museum, The Royal College of Art, and Ars Electronica.

In 2008 Bdeir received a fellowship at Eyebeam Art and Technology center, and taught at NYU’s ITP and Parsons DT.

In 2010, Bdeir worked on what Open Source meant for hardware, which garnered her a fellowship at Creative Commons and led to co-founding the premier conference on Open Hardware (the Open Hardware Summit) which itself inspired the development of the CERN Open Hardware License.

While at Eyebeam, Bdeir invented littleBits, the electronic.building block, and the first system of modular hardware in the world, acquired into the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) permanent collection.

After showing a prototype of littleBits at World Maker Faire in New York City, Bdeir founded littleBits Electronics Inc and raised over $70M from prominent investors in Silicon Valley and New York. In 2012, Bdeir was awarded the highly prestigious TED fellowship and her TED talk: “Building Blocks that Blink, Beep and Teach” has over 1 million views. While Bdeir was CEO, littleBits sold millions of units, won over 150 awards in education, tech and play, and led partnerships with Disney, Pearson and the New York Department of Education. In 2019 littleBits was acquired by Edtech company Sphero.

Since 2006 Bdeir has lectured and advised extensively on how to get more girls into STEM, including at the White House, at the World Bank and on the “Women in the World” stage with Tina Brown. In 2019 Bdeir launched “Snap the Gap” a $4M initiative with Disney to get every 10-year-old girl engaged in STEM.

Through her work with littleBits, Bdeir has received countless awards including being named one of 100 Most Influential women by the BBC, Popular Mechanics 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream, Inc Magazine Top 100 Female Founders, on the CNBC Next List and on MIT Technology Review’s list of 35 Innovators Under 35. She holds over a dozen patents to her name.

Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Ayah lives in New York City.

Ayah Bdeir Videos

  • LittleBits founder Ayah Bdeir on the Need for Gender-Neutral STEM ...
    Ayah Bdeir discusses why 50% of girls lose interest in STEM by age 8 and how her company aims to turn that trend around. She also explains ...
  • The Internet as a building block | Ayah Bdeir
    The “Internet of things” is the idea that everyday individual devices like light bulbs and door handles can be connected and controlled ...

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  • How to book Ayah Bdeir?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ayah Bdeir for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Ayah Bdeir, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ayah Bdeir or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ayah Bdeir?

    Booking fees for Ayah Bdeir, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ayah Bdeir, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ayah Bdeir?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ayah Bdeir for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ayah Bdeir for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ayah Bdeir or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ayah Bdeir or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ayah Bdeir is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ayah Bdeir for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Ayah Bdeir generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Randi Zuckerberg, Kara Swisher, Sophia Amoruso, Daniel Burrus and Debbie Sterling. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ayah Bdeir for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • LittleBits founder Ayah Bdeir on the Need for Gender-Neutral STEM ...
    Ayah Bdeir discusses why 50% of girls lose interest in STEM by age 8 and how her company aims to turn that trend around. She also explains ...
    The Internet as a building block | Ayah Bdeir
    The “Internet of things” is the idea that everyday individual devices like light bulbs and door handles can be connected and controlled ...

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