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Makey Makey 10th Anniversary

Makey Makey, a creative platform that has spread widely through education, turned 10 this month. In this episode of Make:cast, I talk to Jay Silver, the creative technologist and self-described jester, who started this product with a successful Kickstarter. Makey Makey is meant to inspire play and exploration with the things around us, including technology. I’m also joined by Jay Melican, formerly of Intel, who is President of JoyLabz, the company behind Makey Makey. Learn more about the origins of Makey Makey, why it continues to grow and develop, and other projects that Jay has in mind.

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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