Posts tagged with “ayah-bdeir”

Go full STEAM ahead & never stop inventing September 14, 2017

Last week, General Electric released a video about Molly, a kid who never stopped inventing. Here’s why this type of visibility is so important for the STEAM movement and to the students of today.   Molly is an average kid with problems we can all relate to. Who enjoys taking out the garbage in the […]

VIDEO: Connectivity, Coding & the Four Cs Webinar Recap June 2, 2017

To celebrate our new litteBits Code Kit shipping, littleBits held an epic panel on Coding & the Four Cs on June 1st. Featured panelists included littleBits founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir, as well as world renowned cultural anthropologist and founder of Connected Camps, Mimi Ito. Attendees also got to hear from various educators on their experience and success with bringing coding to the classroom.

3 reasons educators are signing up for CMK 2017 March 15, 2017

Hey educators! Want to ramp up your teaching practices this summer AND get a chance to speak with educational pioneers, bestselling authors, and inventors of educational technologies you use in the classroom? Well, we’ve got the neatest conference for you – and it just so happens that our one and only littleBits Founder & CEO Ayah Bdeir will be a featured guest speaker at it. We’re talking about the Constructing Modern Knowledge conference, happening this July.

littleBits Breaks Down Gender Stereotypes at White House Panel on Media and Toys April 6, 2016

We’re super excited to have littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir at the White House today, as a case study panelist for a conference focused on breaking down gender stereotypes in children’s media and toys. Ayah spoke on the importance of gender-neutral STEM/STEAM tools, on a panel that included some of the most globally prestigious children’s brands: LEGO, Disney, Mattel, and DC Comics.

Ayah Bdeir to Keynote at SXSWedu on March 8th February 29, 2016

We’re excited to announce that littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir will keynote on March 8th at SXSWedu! In conversation with Education Week editor Sean Cavanagh, Ayah will discuss the role of Maker Education and how it is supercharging STEM and STEAM learning in classrooms, libraries and makerspaces.

Ayah will be making a BIG announcement about littleBits, so tune in! Or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for up-to-the-minute news.

The Making of Gizmos & Gadgets October 8, 2015

OUR MISSION At littleBits, we are on a mission to democratize hardware by empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small, with our platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks. For the past 4 years at littleBits, we have been growing on all levels. We’ve launched more than 70 new Bits, 13 new Kits, and grown our […]

Ayah Bdeir at Emtech: The Internet as Material September 30, 2014

Ayah spoke recently at Emtech, the MIT Tech Review conference that highlights invention and new developments in engineering and technology. In her talk, Ayah spoke about the need to democratize hardware in order to transform society, and how littleBits can be used as a building block. She introduced the cloudBit and posed the question, “Can we take the biggest revolution of our time, the Internet, and make it a building block, so that you can invent with it the way you’d invent with other materials?”

PSFK: The Maker’s Manual August 18, 2014

littleBits is featured several times in a special report on the Maker Movement published by PSFK and Intel. “Maker’s Manual” analyzes the Maker Movement, including the economic, societal and technological forces that drive it. The report highlights littleBits as an important resource for Makers.

Yahoo! Tech: These 3 High-Tech Toys Help Teach Girls to Stick with Science August 11, 2014

Yahoo! Tech featured littleBits in an article on high-tech toys that may help to combat gender stereotypes, including an interview with Ayah. “‘We have been very deliberate in making our product gender neutral,’ says Ayah Bdeir, CEO and founder of littleBits. ‘We’re trying to make a product that’s gender neutral, democratic, and empowering for anyone.’”

A Note from Ayah, Founder and CEO August 4, 2014

We recently launched the newest addition to the littleBits library: the cloudBit. The cloudBit is the easiest way for anyone to make their own internet-connected devices and inventions, no soldering, programming, or wiring. This is a moment I have long been waiting for; the module has gone through multiple iterations, and we wanted to get […]

Inc.: Hardware Startup littleBits Embraces the Internet of Things July 23, 2014

Inc. wrote about the newest addition to the littleBits library, the cloudBit, and how designers are using littleBits to prototype their inventions. “…within the past year, Bdeir says the company has seen countless professional designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs create prototypes with the adaptable product. . . One company called Ringly even used littleBits to build the prototype for its product, an Internet-connected ring that lets users know when they have an important call or email.”

Gizmodo: littleBits Now Lets You Build Your Own DIY Smart Home July 23, 2014

Gizmodo wrote a great piece highlighting the cloudBit and its potential to bring internet connectivity to anything.

“It’s an awesome idea. Not only can you build internet-connected devices out of bits, you can also hack into other devices—anything from a thermostat to a doorbell—and make it accessible in the cloud.”

Featured Products: cloudBit, Cloud Starter Bundle
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Gigaom: littleBits launches a cloud bit and turns from toy maker to hardware revolutionary July 23, 2014

Gigaom wrote about the littleBits’ cloudBit and included this quote from Ayah Bdeir:
“‘When you go into workshops and designers’ offices you see bins of cardboard and wood,’ said Bdeir. ‘We wanted to use the internet as a material. We are at a time and age when that needs to be made available to everyone.'”

Engadget: littleBits’ latest module lets you connect your creations to the internet July 23, 2014

Engadget reported on the launch of the cloudBit and littleBits’ Radioshack debut: “littleBits is announcing the cloudBit, a new module that, as company CEO and founder Ayah Bdeir puts it, allows builders to ‘just add internet’ to almost anything. . . More complex modules — like the Arduino module and today’s WiFi-enabled cloudBit — raise the ceiling of complexity for potential LittleBits projects.”

Inc.: Toys for the Next Generation of Innovators June 1, 2014

The June issue of Inc. Magazine features littleBits in a list of “Toys for the Next Generation of Innovators.” “Bdeir says the kits help kids understand how an elevator door or night-light works–and they’re making their own creations, such as racecars and robots. ‘It’s much more than a toy,’ Bdeir says. ‘It’s an invention tool.'”

Hello, Wonderful: Make Toys and Cool Things with littleBits May 30, 2014

littleBits was featured on Hello, Wonderful as a creative activity that parents and kids can share.

“The ability to tinker and build almost anything you can imagine is at your fingertips with lots of ideas already underway to inspire you. How about a cool wireless Mars Rover? A Spinning School Bus or my favorite so far, the feather powered Tickle Machine. All these projects and more are shared with detailed tutorials over on littleBits’ Project page. ”

Ayah Bdeir at SOLID: The Internet as Material May 27, 2014

Ayah Bdeir spoke recently at SOLID, an O’Reilly conference that focuses on the intersection of hardware and software. In her presentation, Ayah discussed the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how we can empower people to create their own devices and customized solutions using cloud-connected littleBits.

Inc.: Ayah Bdeir on Hardware Design May 22, 2014

Inc. featured Ayah Bdeir’s talk at SOLID in a piece about the Internet of Things and the future of hardware design.
“Bdeir advised those in the audience to avoid predetermining just one use for their products. . . Through her company, Bdeir has been working on this problem in her own way since 2008. LittleBits creates hardware components that users can combine to form circuits. The idea is to enable users to take virtually any problem that can be solved with a circuit and solve it, regardless of whether or not they have an engineering background.”

Bidness Etc: littleBits of Fun! May 21, 2014

Bidness Etc. profiled littleBits and included a beautiful illustration of the Animatronic Hand project. “The scope of programmable devices that the [Arduino] module offers ranges from building your own computer mouse to the classic pong game. Some of the more intricate projects, such as an animatronic, show the true potential of the module.”

Fast Co.Exist: Making Your Own Programmable Hardware Devices Just Got A Little Easier May 20, 2014

Fast Co.Exist wrote about the littleBits Arduino module and the more sophisticated projects it enables users to build and invent.
“This month, the company announced that it’s getting what may be its most complex module yet: the Arduino at Heart, which lets users incorporate the popular open-source electronics platform into everything they create with littlebits. . .The Arduino at Heart module is part of littleBits’ newfound focus on what Bdeir calls “power”–in this case, giving people the ability to create items with littleBits that are more than fun playthings.”

Featured Products: Arduino at Heart module
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KPCB ProductWorks Design & Tech Talk May 9, 2014

“Ayah Bdeir talks about how the company she founded, the hardware library littleBits, helps people take back some of the power they’ve ceded to electronics and technology simply because they don’t understand how they work. Bdeir outlines how her design-focused approach of making devices modular, magnetic, and scalable puts the power of electronics back into the hands of everyone.”

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lynda.com: Creative Insights: Ayah Bdeir and littleBits May 5, 2014

“Construction sets like LEGOs break down the building blocks of the modern city in a way kids can understand and enjoy. But how do they explore the digital world? Ayah Bdeir applied her engineering background to these “problems of play” and came up with a new kind of toy: littleBits. littleBits make electronics, light, sound, and sensors as easy to play with as LEGOs and Lincoln Logs—combining learning, prototyping, and fun. In this Creative Insights interview, Ayah explains how she created littleBits, grew the toy into a full-fledged company, and learned to accept fame and funding on her own terms.”

The Verge: NASA wants you to build your own Mars Rover April 24, 2014

“Crafting a Mars Rover requires a few arts and crafts items not included in the Space Kit — scissors, tape, and paper tube — but the pre-fab blocks are a snap compared to what NASA was using for its earlier lessons, when Butcher was jury rigging equipment herself. ‘It takes this complex science and makes it fun and accessible’ says Butcher.”

Featured Products: Space Kit
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Forbes: Startup Series December 17, 2013

Forbes has put together a series of articles featuring words of wisdom from and peaks into the lives of startup founders. littleBits’ Founder & CEO, Ayah Bdeir, is featured in several. Read what she and the other founders had to say about what it’s like to build a company.

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