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. DePaul Teaching Commons: The Philosophy of Making Workshop

  2. ASTC Conference Talk on Making Makerspaces

  3. This Should Work

  4. Makerspace Budget Worksheet

  5. Idea Realization Lab End of Year Updates

  6. Sierra Club National Outings Training

  7. Amateur Radio License

  8. CrowdSupply Teardown Talk on Making Game Consoles

  9. Thotcon 0x9 Badges

  10. Thotcon 0x9 Talk on Making Badges

  11. International Conference Design Principles and Practices

  12. DePaul + Caterpillar Maker Certification

  13. Margalus, LLC

  14. Caterpillar Virtual Conference Talk (redux)

  15. American Medical Association ChangeMedEd Keynote

  16. Idea Realization Lab

  17. Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire, Year 4

  18. Chicago Public Schools Googlepalooza + Techtalk Keynote

  19. Thotcon 0x8 Badges

  20. Tinkering, Problem Making, and Higher Education

  1. DePaul Teaching Commons: The Philosophy of Making Workshop

  2. ASTC Conference Talk on Making Makerspaces

  3. This Should Work

  4. Makerspace Budget Worksheet

  5. Idea Realization Lab End of Year Updates

  6. Sierra Club National Outings Training

  7. Amateur Radio License

  8. CrowdSupply Teardown Talk on Making Game Consoles

  9. Thotcon 0x9 Badges

  10. Thotcon 0x9 Talk on Making Badges

  11. International Conference Design Principles and Practices

  12. DePaul + Caterpillar Maker Certification

  13. Margalus, LLC

  14. Caterpillar Virtual Conference Talk (redux)

  15. American Medical Association ChangeMedEd Keynote

  16. Idea Realization Lab

  17. Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire, Year 4

  18. Chicago Public Schools Googlepalooza + Techtalk Keynote

  19. Thotcon 0x8 Badges

  20. Tinkering, Problem Making, and Higher Education