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For a long time now, MAKE has wanted to find some way to publicly acknowledge companies that have responded in a positive way to the growing influence of maker/hacker culture. In 2006, we published The Maker’s Bill of Rights, and since then we have often been involved in exposing and lampooning particularly egregious affronts to the principles of open access to technology that it embodies.

But we would really prefer to be using a carrot, rather than a stick, and this year we are very pleased to announce the first ever MAKE Magazine Industry Maker Awards, aka “The Makeys.” Over the months leading up to Maker Faire New York 2011, four companies will be nominated for awards in each of four categories—Most Repair Friendly, Most Hackable Gadget, Best Product Documentation, and Best Education/Outreach Program—with the winner in each to be determined by open polling of the MAKE readership. Winners will be announced at Maker Faire NY 2011, and the awards themselves will be designed by an open contest in collaboration with and MakerBot Industries.

If you have suggestions for nominee companies in any of these categories, please feel free to leave us a comment, below, or e-mail us directly, and tell us why!

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1.  Best Product Documentation: Adafruit Industries – they have amazing in-depth tutorials

  2. johngineer says:

    I think Most Hackable Gadget is easily Microsoft with the Kinect. Their decision not to sue anybody was really a shot in the arm. :)

    For Product Documentation, I’ve probably gotta go with Korg for their release of the Monotron schematic. Even if they don’t win, I think they ought to get an honorable mention. The schematic was released to little fanfare (mainly, I think, because it occurred right in the middle of Kinect madness), but at the same time they did it entirely on their own — there wasn’t any “release the Monotron circuit” campaign by consumers, really. They actively and of their own accord encouraged people to hack their product. They (literally) deserve an award for that.

  3. Ninety Nein says:

    I would like to nominate the MeeBlip synth (http://meeblip.noisepages.com/) for the most hackable gadget.  Not only have they created a pretty nifty piece of opensource hardware, they have continued to develop it.  Too often, opensource software/hardware means it’s released to the community, then abandoned.  I like the way these guys are keeping it moving.

  4. Ninety Nein says:

    I would like to nominate the MeeBlip synth (http://meeblip.noisepages.com/) for the most hackable gadget.  Not only have they created a pretty nifty piece of opensource hardware, they have continued to develop it.  Too often, opensource software/hardware means it’s released to the community, then abandoned.  I like the way these guys are keeping it moving.

  5. Ninety Nein says:

    I would like to nominate the MeeBlip synth (http://meeblip.noisepages.com/) for the most hackable gadget.  Not only have they created a pretty nifty piece of opensource hardware, they have continued to develop it.  Too often, opensource software/hardware means it’s released to the community, then abandoned.  I like the way these guys are keeping it moving.

  6. Ninety Nein says:

    I would like to nominate the MeeBlip synth (http://meeblip.noisepages.com/) for the most hackable gadget.  Not only have they created a pretty nifty piece of opensource hardware, they have continued to develop it.  Too often, opensource software/hardware means it’s released to the community, then abandoned.  I like the way these guys are keeping it moving.

  7. Eric Doster says:

    Depending on how this plays out… maybe even HTC for Most Hackable Gadget

  8. Geeksphone zero for best phone: comes with cyanogen installed, plus company is generally awesome…