Makey Makey is both a business
and a project
with thousands of community Collaborators
Makey Makey Business
is a spin-off from
Makey Makey Project
What is now Makey Makey the product is also a project that was initiated by two students at MIT Media Lab under the advisorship of Mitch Resnick and is an academic and artistic project.
|| Jay Silver - Co-inventor Makey Makey Project
|| Eric Rosenbaum - Co-inventor MaKey MaKey Project
We believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and
change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits.
Before Jay and Eric created MaKey MaKey we worked on other creative tools and invention kits such as Drawdio, Singing Fingers, and Mitch Resnick's Scratch.
This project is based on Reearch at MIT Media Lab's Lifelong Kindergarten.
Prototype for manufacturing made in collaboration with SparkFun with the help of Jim Lindblom and Nathan Seidle as well as everyone on the SparkFun team.
Initial funding from Kickstarter (A.K.A. From 11,000 individual people. Wow!!!) with a lot of help from Aurora Thornhill of Kickstarter.
Liz Warburton First official employee. In charge of Sales and Operations for 1+ years. Put heart and soul into early functioning of the company. Revamped our work flow.
Jim Lindblom did tons of Eagle work on the board layout and collaborated with us on many aspects of versions 2, 3, and 4 of the board. He is our point person at SparkFun, and an amazing engineer (seriously!!!).
Arduino made one of the platforms have run on. Dave Mellis of Arduino gave us tons of advice.
Mitch Resnick, our advisor, inspired how we think about creative tool-making and how people learn. There is no way to cover all the influences Mitch had, but to name a few, he taught us how to design and talk about new creative learning media technology. Also the idea of invention literacy is a direct copy of the way Mitch discusses "coding literacy."
Etonnet works with us on the manufacture of Makey Makey Classic
Merge Design designed our retail packaging for Makey Makey classic, and has worked with us on manufacturing and other issues around Makey Makey Classic and Makey Makey GO
Product Manufactoryco-engineered Makey Makey GO PCB and co-designed Makey Makey GO casing.
Mark Feldmeier gave us ninja circuit advice.
Nathan Seidle from SparkFun understood the awesomeness of this project right away and gave it a chance before it was "pretty."
Kate Hartman gave us advice on how to make a wireless version.
Leah Buechley inspired us to think differently about microcontroller platforms.
Joi Ito supported this project going open source. Changed Media Lab culture so that the students feel more empowered.
Robbie Sigman gave us web advice.
Amon Millner's ideas in the Pico Board / Scratch Board influenced our thinking in this project.
Evelyn Eastmond helped us with visual design ideas.
Mat Cegiela helped us with visual design, concepts, and running the Maker Faire booth
Sam Eberle gave us advice on video design
Jeff Lieberman gave us wizard advice on innumerable things, and the confidence to believe in ourselves
Jodi Silver loved and supported us in 1000 ways
Magic Seth Raphael helped us finalize our main ideas and gave us lots of advice
The Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium helped us build our very first prototypes and tried them out in lots of creative ways (thanks Ryan, Luigi, Walter, Sebastian, Nicole, and everybody else!)
Qarly clowned the Maker Faire booth
Kurt ideated video and imagery
Shakti redigested the Kickstarter page and video
Amos Blanton hooked the forums up with instant skillz. best community manager for creative sites. Sweet!
Tyler Williams was the tech lean on the testing code and procedure and contributed to a faster startup time.
Adafruit gave us initial creative confidence by supporting us through the Drawdio project, and PT has given key advice and encouragement after the Kickstarter
Mitch Altman has given key advice and positive encouragement
Mikey Siegel has discussed the project for man-weeks worth of time and stepped in on customer support and business planning. Partern in negotiations and high-level "what do we do now" thinking.
Beau Silver Has performed excellently on banana-ma-phone with me at appearances and answered some customer quesitons and created the original FAQ. Maker Faire 2013 booth lead.
Rachel Silver Lots of different support roles at JoyLabz. For example, Maker Faire booth 2013 San Mateo.
Lilavati Eberle Gave us so much support and encouragement
Not Back to School Camp Provided basic inspiration of a temporary intentional community, energizing us to create beauty. Through running workshops there, I had invaluable insights.
Keith Simmons Ongoing encouragement, and specific feedback on the Group-How-To contest.
Jason Camp Teacher who tested on Chromebook for us.
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"four-year-old daughter has managed to connect the kit" ~BBC
"by far the coolest Kickstarter project" ~Kotaku
"turns the whole world into a keybaord" ~Engadget
"a lot of enthusiasm and love" ~Wired
"crazy, inventive experiments" ~PC World
"We love a good diy project" ~LIfehacker
"So small, so quirky, so simple, so awesome." ~Contiki
"Mind explosion in progress." ~Indie Cookie
"turns your alphabet soup into a keyboard" ~New Scientist
"Edison meets OK Go" ~Cool Material
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