The Internet of Things (IoT) Institute has named ARRL member Limor Fried, AC2SN, of New York City as one of the 25 most-influential women in the IoT industry. IoT embraces the concept of connecting devices from cell phones to appliances and machine components to the Internet and/or to each other.
Individuals were named on the basis of attainment of leadership roles related to IoT, hands-on experience developing IoT technology, outstanding research related to IoT, and social reach, among other factors.
Fried founded the open-source hardware firm Adafruit from her MIT dorm room in 2005. The Manhattan-based company, which now employs more than 50 people, offers tools, equipment and electronic components targeted at the “maker” audience, including IoT technology. She was the first female engineer to appear on the cover of WIRED and was Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012.
In June, Fried was designated as a White House Champion of Change.
As Adafruit’s sole owner, Fried has become known for creating resources for and supporting the learning of electronics for makers of all ages and skill levels.