The Internet as Material

Empowering the Next Phase of Connected Hardware Innovation

The Internet as Material

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The emerging IoT space holds enormous potential for positive social, environmental, and financial impact, but only if it’s built with the most important node at its center: people. In this O’Reilly report, Ayah Bdeir—founder and CEO of littleBits—discusses how we can democratize the Internet of Things and help eight-year-olds, corporate executives, and professional engineers alike understand, re-create, and innovate in their connected world.

This report is transcribed from Bdeir’s talk at the 2014 Solid Conference. She maintains that the next wave of innovation around connected devices will happen only if people can understand the technology, relate it to their lives, and are able to envision and prototype solutions to real-world problems. That will occur, she says, when the Internet becomes a Material, accessible to non-engineers and non-experts who can grasp and deploy interactions with the Internet in the physical world as easily as they can with physical materials.

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Ayah Bdeir

Ayah Bdeir

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. Recently Bdeir has been named no. 33 on FastCompany's Most Creative People in Business for 2013 and littleBits has been named as one of CNN's top 10 Emerging Startups to watch. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Ayah now lives in New York City.