Hi, how are you? I'm Jay. I'm a computer scientist and designer with a focus in emerging tech. I am the Faculty Director at DePaul University's Idea Realization Lab, and teach in DePaul's School of Design. I've been making makerspaces for over a decade in and around Chicago, and literally wrote the certification on making for Caterpillar, Inc. I make the custom hardware games Thotcon 0x9, Thotcon 0x8, and Big Data Outbreak. You can read about me in the Chicago Tribune or see my recent talks and keynotes for Crowdsupply's: Teardown, the American Medical Association and Chicago Public Schools.

For media inquiries, speaking engagements, and other questions, you can reach me at jay[at]margalus[dot]com.

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Margalus, LLC is a new company with the mission to support hands-on learning and creation by thinking through making. We support makerspaces in schools and libraries, and align learning standards and organizational goals and values with maker centered learning.

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    What I'm Up To


  1. This Should Work

  2. Makerspace Budget Worksheet

  3. Idea Realization Lab End of Year Updates

  4. Sierra Club National Outings Training

  5. Amateur Radio License

  6. CrowdSupply Teardown Talk on Making Game Consoles

  7. Thotcon 0x9 Badges

  8. Thotcon 0x9 Talk on Making Badges

  9. International Conference Design Principles and Practices

  10. DePaul + Caterpillar Maker Certification

  11. Margalus, LLC

  12. Caterpillar Virtual Conference Talk (redux)

  13. American Medical Association ChangeMedEd Keynote

  14. Idea Realization Lab

  15. Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire, Year 4

  16. Chicago Public Schools Googlepalooza + Techtalk Keynote

  17. Thotcon 0x8 Badges

  18. Tinkering, Problem Making, and Higher Education

  19. Caterpillar Virtual Conference Talk

  20. AIGA Design Educators Conference Presentation

  1. This Should Work

  2. Makerspace Budget Worksheet

  3. Idea Realization Lab End of Year Updates

  4. Sierra Club National Outings Training

  5. Amateur Radio License

  6. CrowdSupply Teardown Talk on Making Game Consoles

  7. Thotcon 0x9 Badges

  8. Thotcon 0x9 Talk on Making Badges

  9. International Conference Design Principles and Practices

  10. DePaul + Caterpillar Maker Certification

  11. Margalus, LLC

  12. Caterpillar Virtual Conference Talk (redux)

  13. American Medical Association ChangeMedEd Keynote

  14. Idea Realization Lab

  15. Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire, Year 4

  16. Chicago Public Schools Googlepalooza + Techtalk Keynote

  17. Thotcon 0x8 Badges

  18. Tinkering, Problem Making, and Higher Education

  19. Caterpillar Virtual Conference Talk

  20. AIGA Design Educators Conference Presentation