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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  1. Thotcon 0xA Speaking Engagement

  2. Thotcon 0xA Badge

  3. Bits to Atoms (Alumni University Talk)

  4. Chicago Public Schools Techtalk Presentation

  5. IIRL (or, IRL2)

  6. Southland Maker Fest, Year 5

  7. DePaul Teaching Commons: The Philosophy of Making Workshop

  8. ASTC Conference Talk on Making Makerspaces

  9. This Should Work

  10. Makerspace Budget Worksheet

  11. Idea Realization Lab End of Year Updates

  12. Sierra Club National Outings Training

  13. Amateur Radio License

  14. CrowdSupply Teardown Talk on Making Game Consoles

  15. Thotcon 0x9 Badges

  16. Thotcon 0x9 Talk on Making Badges

  17. International Conference Design Principles and Practices

  18. DePaul + Caterpillar Maker Certification

  19. Margalus, LLC

  20. Caterpillar Virtual Conference Talk (redux)

  1. Thotcon 0xA Speaking Engagement

  2. Thotcon 0xA Badge

  3. Bits to Atoms (Alumni University Talk)

  4. Chicago Public Schools Techtalk Presentation

  5. IIRL (or, IRL2)

  6. Southland Maker Fest, Year 5

  7. DePaul Teaching Commons: The Philosophy of Making Workshop

  8. ASTC Conference Talk on Making Makerspaces

  9. This Should Work

  10. Makerspace Budget Worksheet

  11. Idea Realization Lab End of Year Updates

  12. Sierra Club National Outings Training

  13. Amateur Radio License

  14. CrowdSupply Teardown Talk on Making Game Consoles

  15. Thotcon 0x9 Badges

  16. Thotcon 0x9 Talk on Making Badges

  17. International Conference Design Principles and Practices

  18. DePaul + Caterpillar Maker Certification

  19. Margalus, LLC

  20. Caterpillar Virtual Conference Talk (redux)