Hardware: From Hobby to Revolution


Wednesday, September 17, 10:20 am to 10:40 am in Auditorium

The hardware industry is archaic and ripe to be revolutionized. Just like 3D printing democratized manufacturing, and the app store democratized game development, littleBits is democratizing electronics by putting the power of electronics into the hands of everyone, and making hardware truly limitless. Learn how littleBits transitioned from a product to an open hardware platform, where anyone regardless of age, discipline, gender or technical ability can make, prototype, invent, and most importantly, reinvent their world. 


Ayah Bdeir

Founder and CEO, littleBits
Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning library of Electronics dubbed “LEGOs for the iPad generation.” Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. 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. Bdeir was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 35 Under 35, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and one ofPopular Mechanics’ 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream. littleBits was named as one of CNN’stop 10 Emerging Startups to watch. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Ayah now lives in New York City.


Mike Senese (moderator)

Executive Editor, Make: Magazine
Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine, studying developments in 3D printing, microcontrollers, and everything else in the maker community. He is also a TV host, starring in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin ChunkinHow Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It. Mike has worked and written for a variety of magazines including WiredPopular ScienceReadyMade, and Triathlete. An avid maker, he spends his spare time tinkering with remote-control aircraft, doing amateur woodworking, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza. He currently resides in the San Francisco region with his wife Sandra and young son Massimo.