Ayah Bdeir is an interactive artist and engineer and the founder of littlebits http://littlebits.cc/about , an open source kit of pre-assembled modular circuits that fasten together with tiny magnets. She was brought up between Lebanon and Canada, and received her Masters degree from the MIT Media Lab. Ayah has been awarded fellowships at Eyebeam Art + Technology, TED, and Creative Commons for her work spearheading the first Open Hardware Definition (later adopted by CERN). She has taught graduate classes at Parsons and NYU’s ITP program. Her career has crossed into television media as well where she has hosted the Pan-Arab reality TV program, ‘Stars of Science’.