• ChimpAlert is a hack for the Mandrill API. It uses PHP, Python, and Arduino hardware to notify you when you receive email.

  • ChimpAlert also saves your most recent email in a text file.

  • Moreover, if someone is playing with your Arduino, ChimpAlert will also notify you by email.


  1. Configured domain MX records, SPF records to work with the Mandrill API.

  2. A PHP script receives the http post from Mandrill webhooks, decodes the Json string and writes to a text file.

  3. The Python script reads from the text file and sends the serial commands to the Arduino.

Inspiration and Target:

  • The difficulty in retrieving inbound emails from the Mandrill

  • Best use of Mandrill API prize

  • Target: People who like cool things on their desk

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