Ayah is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun. Using step-by-step instructions, littleBits offers easy to follow DIY electronics kits consisting of tiny circuit boards engineered to be combined in order to perform custom functions. Named as one of CNN’s Top 10 Emerging Startups to Watch, littleBits won Ayah a spot on Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People and Popular Mechanic’s 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream. She is also an alumna of MIT Media Lab and a TED Senior Fellow.
Danielle is the co-founder and chief scientist of LightSail Energy, a manufacturer of inexpensive and efficient energy storage systems. LightSail makes use of the waste heat generated by mechanical air compression by storing it in a dense spray of water, ready for reconversion at any time. Danielle is responsible for the core thermodynamic innovation of the system. Named the Energy Standout in the 2011 Forbes' 30 Under 30 and elected as a mentor at the Thiel Fellowship in 2012, Danielle graduated with combined honors in physics and computer science from Dalhousie University and started her PhD at the age of 17 at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.