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Element14 takes home the Makey for Best Education/Outreach.

Last night, in-between raindrop and costume hardware malfunctions, we hosted the 2nd Annual Makey Awards at World Maker Faire. The show was hosted by MAKE contributing editor Matt Richardson and contributor Gillian BenAry. I presented the Maker Hero Award.

Here is a list of the nominees and category winners. Congrats to all who were nominated and those who won. What you do and how you serve the maker movement is important.

For Most Repair Friendly Device, the nominees were:

• Parrot.AR Drone
• HP Z1 Workstation
• Rancilio Silvia Espresso machine
• Epilog Laser

And the winner of the 2012 Makey Award went to Parrot.AR Drone

For Best Education/Outreach, the nominees were:

• Intel
• Autodesk
• element14 community

And the winner of the 2012 Makey Award is element14

For Best Product Documentation, the nominees were:

• Mackie for their 720 Trees online manual series
• Gakken for their amazing kit documentation
• Harbor Freight
• Tamiya for their beloved plastic model assembly docs.

And the 2012 Makey Award winner is Mackie

For Most Hackable Gadget, the nominees were:

• Atmel, for their ATmega series of chips
• Raspberry Pi
• BeagleBone
* Altoids Tin

And the 2012 Makey Award winner is Raspberry Pi.

And last but most awesome of all, we gave away the 2012 Maker Hero Award. This year, we honored someone whose hacking chops are unassailable. Whether she’s hacking pinballs machines, building racecars, pushing the limits of DIY electronics engineering, or taunting others with “Did you bring a hack?, Jeri Ellsworth is a makers-maker, a hackers-hacker, and just all-around badass. For all of this and much more, we honor Jeri Ellsworth as the 2012 Maker Hero. Congrats, Jeri!

One of the amazingly fun parts of last night’s Makey Awards was the host getting styling from MAKE contributor, fashion designer, and ham radio geek Diana Eng, and hair and make-up from Jessica Jade Jacob and Suki Tsujimoto. The big hit was the LED dresses, eyelashes, jewelry, and my “embedded” LED mohawk.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. J says:

    Where can we get more information about your LED mohawk?

    1. kevix says:

      when I spoke to him, he jokingly said they were embedded and he said it was something like crazy glue and a strip of SMD LEDs.

    2. Gareth Branwyn says:

      J, there were three LED SMD strips glued to my head and then they put some kind of silicone spackle around them to make them look like they were embedded in my head. They then matched my skin-tone with make-up. The LED strips ran down the back of my head and to a battery pack stuck in the “pheasant pocket” of my hipster hunting vest.

  2. Katz says:

    Lovely smile, weed infused martini?

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