Share this project


Share this project

Photo original
Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future.
Created by

Jay Silver

11,124 backers pledged $568,106 to help bring this project to life.

Introducing Makey Makey GO


We are stoked to announce our new product. Makey Makey GO. For us a product launch wouldn't feel right if it wasn't done on Kickstarter. Please rock over to the Makey Makey GO Kickstarter project for the full info. 

Much love, JoyLabz

On Monday we GO!


Thanks to your generosity in 2012, we started our quest to show the world that everyone can be an inventor - anytime, anywhere. Because of your love and support we have put Makey Makey into the hands of nearly 200,000 inventors and delighted millions of others.

Now we are continuing the adventure with our new Kickstarter campaign - launching on Monday, May 11th at 11am EST (in 72 hours).

We thank all you Makers, Dreamers, Tinkerers, and Inventors for your support and hope that you will continue the journey with us! 

Eating, Shipping, and Contesting

Star Spangled Banner for Dinner

Christian Genco won a talent show with this performance and became the first Pro Maker ever sponsored by JoyLabz. The 5 minute performance is hilarious. His next MaKey MaKey performance will be at the Ingenuity event at the Perot Museum in Dallas on January 18th, where MiKey MiKey from JoyLabz will also be speaking about MaKey MaKey.

Final Shipping Update

  • In August we shipped all normal Kickstarter orders (on time yay! thanks SparkFun)
  • In September and October we fulfilled orders with late or incomplete surveys/payments 
  • Still don't have your MaKey MaKey? See the Where's My MaKey MaKey page 

Youtube Video Contest

UncommonGoods is running a MaKey MaKey Challenge! To enter:

  • Make something cool with MaKey MaKey 
  • Post a video to YouTube with the title "UncommonGoods MaKey MaKey Challenge"
  • That's it, it's automatically entered

Find details here:

Bacon Cloud, Unboxing, MaKey MaKey Event with Giveaways, Small Shipping Update

Minor Shipping Update

As of August 17th SparkFun had shipped out 

  • 3,500 standard kits and 
  • 600 deluxe kits

SparkFun is continuing with shipping into September. 

(For more shipping info please see Update #10, including all the answered questions in the comments.)

We are still taking pre-orders at for September shipment. 

"Unlearn How Things Work" Talk Tomorrow 

Jay Silver will talk about MaKey MaKey in Silicon Valley tomorrow evening, August 27th (Monday)

There will be complimentary craft beer, food, MaKey MaKey giveaways, and a MaKey MaKey performance by Beau Silver, like the one he did at Stanford

This event is at PayPal, and it's free, but RSVP to attend (as of now there are only 70 spots left out of 300):

BLT Cloud

While it's a bit of an advertisement for Rackspace, here's a fun video about spinning up a cloud server using a BLT

Shipment Begins! (last chance for survey, int'l shipping)

In this update:

  • Shipment Begins! -- If you filled out your survey and paid any necessary international shipping, sit back and dream up crazy ideaz as your MaKey MaKeys cruise to your doorsteps.
  • Last Chance to Pay Your International Shipping -- Important, 2 weeks left.
  • Last Chance to Fill Out Your Survey -- Important, 1 week left.

Shipment Begins

We are bursting with excitement to tell you that we are starting to send out MaKey MaKeys. Right on schedule! Estimated ship date was August. We are so so so sO so sO so sO so so so happy that most of you will have kits in your hands this month (if you filled out your survey and paid your international shipping)

Here is the manufacturing update provided by Jim Lindblom at SparkFun:

  • Most of the MaKey MaKeys are assembled, programmed, and tested
  • Most of the 13,000 kits are scheduled to ship in August (2,000 to 3,000 per week)
  • The remaining kits are scheduled to ship in the first half of September

Please remember that we are providing you with the behind the scenes plans and current facts. So if something changes, we'll let you know. But our plans are not guarantees.

Last Chance to Pay International Shipping

If you forgot to pay international shipping when placing your order, and also weren't able to update your order with shipping payment before the end of the KickStarter, here's what you need to do. 

Go to this link:

And use your credit card or PayPal to make an appropriate payment using the same name you used on KickStarter. Please do this as soon as possible, but at the latest do it in the next 2 weeks, by August 17th. If you do not pay for shipping we cannot send you a MaKey MaKey, and this makes us very sad.

Most of you already paid, so you don't need to worry. Only if you didn't pay the extra international shipping fee with your original pledge. For example, if you pledged at the FULL KIT level, and you live outside the USA then you needed to pledge $35 (for the kit) + $10 (for int'l shipping) = $45. Check your pledge. Did you pledge the extra? If so, do nothing. If not, you have 2 weeks to pay the extra shipping. If you live in the USA, then shipping is included, no extra payment.

Last Chance to Fill Out Your Survey

All surveys were sent out by July 12th. If you think you might have missed the survey email, please log in to your Kickstarter account to check — you’ll see a notification at the top of the site for any missed surveys.

Please fill out your survey as soon as possible, but at the latest, please fill out your survey by August 12th (1 month from original survey date). That's only about 1 week away! If you don't fill out your survey (which has your shipping address) we cannot send you a MaKey MaKey, and this makes us very sad.