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Ayah Bdeir

Benjamin Wachenje

Title: Interactive artist; founder and CEO, littleBits

Born: Montreal

Education: BS in computer engineering and sociology, American University of Beirut; MS, media arts and sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Early Marker: Co-founded Beirut's first nonprofit media lab for experimental arts, architecture and technology.

Big Idea: An open-source library of modular electronics that snap together with magnets—"digital Lego."

Wave of the Future: Open-source hardware movement

Latest Special Reports

  • Active vs Passive

    This special report looks and whether investors are better served by active or passive investment strategies.

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  • The Cambridge Cyber Summit at M.I.T.

    Top leaders from business, government and academia come together to address cyberthreats and secure America’s future.

CNBC25: Rebels, Icons and Leaders