The Contest: Make Your Own Mayhem


The Make Your Own Mayhem, 2012 Contest is now over, and the winners have been selected. Congratulations to all who participated!

The winners are:

People’s Choice Award (US $1000)
Daniel Tsuan: Mayhem Keypress Module

Most Awesome Add-On (US $1000)
Mikhail Skobov: Virtual DJ Modules

Mayhem Master (US $3000)
Peter Brun: OL 2012 Mayhem, Computer Mayhem, Twilio Mayhem, Sensor Mayhem

Honorable Mention - Live Points Card

The Contest

Our vision for Mayhem is to connect everything to everything else. Clearly, we need some help. Here’s your chance to be a part of the Mayhem vision, and possibly win 3,000 dollars (US)!

The Make Your Own Mayhem Contest, 2012 is a competition to extend Mayhem. Developers are able to submit any number of creative add-ons by midnight (Pacific Time), June 30th. Submissions after the end of the competition are welcome, but are ineligible for our prizes, including the Mayhem Master's Award.

Submitted add-ons must be unique, but can contain any number of events and reactions. Some examples include:

Note: while you are welcome to borrow from this list, we encourage creativity – surprise us!

You can submit as many entries as you would like to increase your chances of winning. There are awards for individual add-ons, as well as our Grand Prize, the Mayhem Master’s Award 2012. The Mayhem Master’s Award goes to the designer of the best collection of add-ons.



The Make Your Own Mayhem Contest, 2012 runs until midnight, June 30, 2012 (Pacific Time.) “Likes” for the People’s Choice Award will be counted until midnight July 7th, 2012 (Pacific Time.) Results will be announced approximately 2 weeks after the contest closes.

How to Enter

Entering the contest is easy. Submissions include two parts: your original add-on, and a link to your public YouTube video demonstration. Tutorials for add-on creation can be found at Your video demonstration should be no more than three minutes long and must be posted on YouTube. Entries longer than this may be disqualified. All video demonstrations should include the tag “makemayhem2012”. You may enter as many times as you would like. Multiple individuals and/or companies may work on an entry together, but prizes will only be awarded to the particular individual responsible for the submission. To qualify for the Mayhem Master’s Award, all entries must be from the same individual, and provide the same contact email address.

The contest is in a judging phase and is no longer accepting submissions. Good luck to all those who entered!


Entries to The Make Your Own Mayhem Contest, 2012 will be judged by our esteemed panel of experts. The judges will select the winners (except for the People’s Choice Award), based on the stated criteria and their decisions will be final. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be determined by the number of “Likes” that the demonstration video has received by midnight, July 7, 2012, Pacific Time. This count will be determined by the Outercurve Foundation, which will retrieve the numbers at approximately that time. In the unlikely event of a tie, the winner will be chosen by the judges from top scorers.

Meet the Judges

Johnny Chung Lee – Googler/Hacker Extrodinaire

Johnny Lee is a Rapid Evaluator at Google. Prior to this, Johnny was with Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group where he worked on Xbox Kinect. He holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

As a graduate student, Johnny achieved legendary status in the DIY community for his “WiiMote” and other videos showing new interface concepts. His projects range from the artistic (a giant slingshot painting an 18-story building) to the pragmatic (how to build an inexpensive camera stabilization device).

Johnny is passionate about creating novel interfaces that touch the lives of many.

John Cohn – IBM Fellow/Mad Scientist

John Cohn works in IBM Technical Strategy and holds a bachelor’s from MIT, and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, both in Electrical Engineering. In 2002, Dr. Cohn was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in recognition of his contributions in circuit design automation.

John’s second career, as a Mad Scientist, is all about sharing his love of science and engineering. He has traveled the world doing his “Jolts and Volts” show for schools, universities, and museums. In 2009, he spent two months surviving in a post-apocalyptic world on the reality show “The Colony”. John is a serious builder, with recent projects including singing Tesla coils, giant animatronic monsters, and new musical instruments.

MK Haley – Carnegie Mellon University/Disney Research

MK Haley is Associate Executive Producer at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. She has always worked at the intersection of technology and design. MK spent most of her career at the Walt Disney Company, including positions at Imagineering and Disney-ABC Television. In addition to teaching at CMU, she continues to play a role at Disney Research.

MK is best known to many for her work with SIGGRAPH – the premier computer graphics and interactive techniques conference. She is one of the driving forces behind SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies and has served on the SIGGRAPH Executive Committee. MK is passionate about design, and is often seen mentoring young artists.

See the official contest rules for further details.