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We’re thrilled to announce that MAKE pal, and Advisory Board member, Limor Fried, aka Ladyada, has been honored with an 18th annual EFF Pioneer Award. Well-deserved, we say. Congrats, Limor!

Here’s the little bio from the EFF announcement:

fried-headshot.png A pioneer in the field of open-source hardware and software hacking, Ladyada helps the general public engineer and adapt consumer electronics to better suit their needs. Her do-it-yourself ethic is founded on the idea that consumer electronics are best modified for use by customers, not corporations. Fried runs her own company, Adafruit Industries, which sells unique and fun do-it-yourself kits to help consumers make gadgets such as backup iPod chargers, green power monitors and programmable displays for bicycle wheels. She also hosts an Internet video program called “Citizen Engineer” that provides step-by-step instructions to help consumers build and alter their own home devices.

Congrats also to fellow recipients Carl Malamud (of and Harri Hursti, creator of the “Hursti hack,” which uncovered vulnerabilities in Diebold optical scan voting machines.

Join EFF for the 2009 Pioneer Awards fundraiser honoring: Limor “Ladyada” Fried, Harri Hursti and Carl Malamud

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Apis says:

    I love Limors stuff, she really deserves this prize! Congrats! :)

  2. Ken says:

    I agree, she thoroughly deserves it. This is the kind of person we want in this world!!!!!

  3. Bob D says:

    Congrats Ada!


  4. Shadyman says:

    Congrats! :D

  5. Robbie says:

    Seeing her work inspired me to further my electronics education by pursuing an Engineering degree. Thanks Limor for your inspiration. You definately deserve this award!

  6. Nick Brenn says:

    Well deserved. Ladyada epitomizes open source technology. There is no reason to keep our knowledge secret. Congrats Limor, keep up the awesome work.

  7. Goli Mohammadi says:

    Well deserved indeed! Congrats, Limor!

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