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Makey Makey started out as 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. Now it's both a business and a project with thousands of community collaborators, with more joining the ranks of inventors everyday.

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Contact Details

We are a small team that works closely together to help you as soon as possible and we're super happy to answer your questions. Please only reach out to one department at a time. You can expect a response within 48 hours Monday-Friday.

Email

General inquiries: info@joylabz.com

Have a question about an event? A project you want to bring to life?

Techsupport: techsupport@joylabz.com

Having issues with your board? Have a tricky technical question?

Orders and shipping: support@joylabz.com

Have a question about ordering, or about an existing order?

Retail orders: sales@joylabz.com

Interested in carrying Makey Makey in your store?

Education orders: education@joylabz.com

Placing an order for your school or classroom?

Phone

You can reach us Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 5:00 (Pacific Time) at: 1-831-460-6242

If you don't get an answer right away, shoot us an email.

The Internet

We're on social medias! We love to see you there and the things you invent. Tag us and send us stuff on:

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Creators

Jay Silver - Co-inventor Makey Makey Project

jaysilver@gmail.com

 

Eric Rosenbaum - Co-inventor Makey Makey Project

ericr@media.mit.edu

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.


Team

Jay Silver - Founder/CEO

jay@joylabz.com

Beth Antos - Sales Manager, educational sales and operations

beth@joylabz.com

 

Tom Heck - VP of Education Initiatives, Workshops, community, and big learning ideas

tom@joylabz.com

Todd Eddie - VP of Everything, products and user experience

todd@joylabz.com

 

Liam Nilsen - VP Community Engagement & Development, installation and invention support, news, social, Labz.

liam@joylabz.com

Rachel Silver - Operations Manager, operations and support

rachel@joylabz.com

 

David ten Have - COO, business strategy and new initiatives

david@joylabz.com

Mariel Weinbender - Education Orders and support

mariel@joylabz.com


Collaborators

This project is based on Research 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.

Collaborators

Thanks Everyone!

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 Mellisof 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 worked with us on the manufacture of the first 100,000 Makey Makey Classics

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 Manufactory co-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.

Did we forget to credit you? Please, please, pleasewrite us to remind us. We really want to credit you. It makes us feel good.





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Reviews
"four-year-old daughter has managed to connect the kit" ~BBC
"Rejoice!" ~Mashable
"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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