Watch the live stream White House Champions of Change for Makers recognizing Limor Fried! #WHChamps #NationOfMakers @WhiteHouse
View the live stream of White House Champions of Change for Makers here, recognizing Adafruit’s Limor Fried!
Limor Fried – New York, New York
While studying engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Limor “Ladyada” Fried decided to create a company focused on supporting learning electronics for makers of all ages and skill levels. In 2005 she founded Adafruit which has grown to now employ more than 100 individuals in their 50,000 sq ft. NYC factory. Limor is committed to building both innovation and community and is known for creating resources for learning. She was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine and was awarded Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and was also on the NYC Industrial Business Advisory Council. Adafruit is a 100% woman-owned company.
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Congratulation, LadyAda!!!! You do so much for the maker & open source communities. A billion billion thanks!
Schools, especially high schools need to get serious about teaching real life skills that will help students find work, create things on their own, and understand that they can create their own line of work from what they learn. In order to do that schools need to stop wasting students time and teach them skills they can actually use right away.
Schools need to get serious about computer science and stop waiting for laws to be passed. This is why so many outside programs are having to get built to fill in the gaps. Many times students learn better outside of school than what they learn there. That says a lot about how students spend their time in school.
Students need to realize the work force has changed tremendously and no degree will ensure a secure job.
Congratulation, I was really happy to see your recognition for your work that you lead. You have a great team there at adafruit.