Our Trip to SXSW

Once a year the Makey Makey family travels from all our respective corners of the world and we meet up for a big reunion - this year we got together down in Austin for SXSW. We did last year, too. Read about that here.

We missed most of the music, but we made it to edu and create.
Read all about it. . . .


Reaching 95% Invention Literacy

Jay was the first to arrive. He came early to hold a core conversation with our friend Colleen Graves at edu. A core convo is a socratic style seminar where the hosts, Colleen and Jay, ask questions of the audience and facilitate a conversation. It turned into a great session with voices from all over the place - voices you can here on the soundcloud link up there. Note that some people don't talk into the microphone so there are some weird silences in the recording.

Colleen wrote a great post with her reflections on the session that you can find here on her blog.

You can also watch parts of the session filmed live on Periscope and Facebook.

The World Needs More Inventors, Starting with Kids

Liam joined our friends Danielle Applestone and Emily Pilloton on a panel discussion on the role of invention in the world today and the world of the future. If you can make it through the long drawn out description of a mountain dulcimer, the rest of the panel is quite good.

SXSW Create

As SXSWedu came to a close the rest of the team came down to Austin to setup for SXSW Create - the Maker part of SXSW.

We set up some demos - including the classic banana piano, operation game, and Dave's favorite, the musical forest! You can find the script we used for the musical forest here makeymakey.com/plants.

We ate tacos every day, had some great barbecue, and celebrated Mariel's birthday! Happy birthday, Mars!

Colleen and Aaron Graves came by our booth and set up a really cool Makey Makey GO project called Lemon Squeezy from their upcoming book 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius.

The team picture we took with help from our neighbors at the exhibitor center, Nifty! They came all the way from Japan with these giant Big Face Boxes - find a guide for creating your own in English and Japanese here.

We had a great time. Thanks Austin!

From top, photos by Tom Heck, Colleen Graves, Mindy Ahrens