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Behind the Scenes of Issue 103

Anniversary giveaway, advent calendar, new vendor, meetup, etc.

Published November 18, 2022

Hey y'all,

Welcome back for another edition of Keyboard Builders' Digest (this time Issue #103), a weekly roundup of this DIY keyboard focused newsletter and blog from Tamas Dovenyi – that's me. If you are new to this, you can read how this started out and what this is all about nowadays. If you like what you see, you can subscribe to the newsletter (free) and donate some bucks to keep this otherwise free and ad-free project alive.


Monstre Giveaway – apply now!

These are the last days you can apply for the giveaway organized to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of this blog.

Don't miss it: raffle day is Nov 20!

With Justin's (TEX Electronics), Sig's (X-Bows) and FalbaTech's last-minute offers there are 111 prizes in the pool – offered by 50 awesome vendors! (Holy #@°%!)


Sorry, I haven't even had time to update the page with all of these latest offers. Will do it soon.

KBD.NEWS Advent Calendar

I can't wait to do the raffle and close the giveaway to be able to focus on another seasonal surprise, a series of longer form articles published as an MK advent calendar. ;)

For those of you who are not familiar with the format, it's been done in the Japanese MK community for years. (You can find this year's Japanese calendars here and here). Other than shamelessly copying the format, we'll try to take it a step further.

The authors will sum up their whole year in the hobby/industry, introduce a specific project in detail, or come up with tutorials.

I've been working on this for some weeks now with dozens of revered members of the community. I hope you'll like it, however, there's still a lot of work to do.

More on this next week.

Seeed competition update

There are still no winners announced, probably next week.

I was asked to help with that, and among other rigorous members of the board of judges I will rate, evaluate and rank your submissions this weekend. ;)

Vendor database

Meetup database

I'll have to get back to this video, there are so many cool/crazy/sick designs!

As always, this meetup database is both a calendar and an archive so feel free to send me upcoming events or even ones from the recent past to make this collection as comprehensive as possible.


  • A new generous donation from Andy Piper. I really appreciate your support!

And I'd like to give a big shout out to all the supporters who have donated some bucks during these two years. I couldn't have done this for two years without you.

That said, maintaining this project takes a lot of time. If you can afford to help, here is the donation form.

Small developments

  • Updates to the giveaway page
  • Meetup database: indicating sold out events (temporarily hiding location and time details on request of organizers)
  • And I've worked a lot on the new and exciting surprise due to be published in December and to be announced next week. Stay tuned!

That's all for today. Thanks for reading.

Feel free to comment in this issue's r/mk thread, and as always: keep learning and building.

Cheers, Tamás

Published on Fri 18th Nov 2022. Featured in KBD #103.

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