Assaf Biderman
Founder and CEO, Superpedestrian & Associate Director, Senseable City Lab at MIT
  • The Copenhagen Wheel made Time magazine’s “25 Best Inventions of 2014” list
  • Assaf received the Red Dot: Luminary award (2014)
  • He has co-authored over 45 publications and book chapters
  • His work has been exhibited at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona’s Design Museum and London’s Science Museum
Reinventing the wheel
C2 Theme:
On the 200-year anniversary of the first two-wheeled means of human transport, inventor and entrepreneur Assaf Biderman continues to rethink not just the bicycle, but urban mobility as a whole. Assaf – with his background in physics, design and computing – is the founder of Superpedestrian, a venture that transforms everyday bikes into more powerful, networked hybrid e-bikes. Superpedestrian offers an alternative to cars, and connects riders to cities in new ways using the “Copenhagen Wheel,” a motorized, sensor-laden, attachable bike wheel that Assaf led the design of. The Superpedestrian endeavour springs from his work as associate director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT, a research group that develops and deploys tools (sensors and networked miniaturized electronics) to learn about cities in real-time – so that cities can learn about us.
“We are building cities at the fastest rate in history. You don’t need to be a scientist to realize this is unmanageable.”
Assaf on NationSwell