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. American Medical Association ChangeMedEd Keynote

  2. Idea Realization Lab

  3. Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire, Year 4

  4. Chicago Public Schools Googlepalooza + Techtalk Keynote

  5. Thotcon 0x8 Badges

  6. Tinkering, Problem Making, and Higher Education

  7. Caterpillar Virtual Conference Talk

  8. AIGA Design Educators Conference Presentation

  9. Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire, Year 3

  10. Near Space Balloon Launch 1

  11. Chicago Housing Authority Workshop

  12. A Designing for Physical Technology Minor

  13. Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire, Year 2

  14. My Strata Talk

  15. Starting a Makerspace

  16. Dining Room Table

  17. How to Brew the Right Beer

  18. Big Data Outbreak

  19. Old Podcast Episodes

  20. My Thingiverse Profile

  1. American Medical Association ChangeMedEd Keynote

  2. Idea Realization Lab

  3. Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire, Year 4

  4. Chicago Public Schools Googlepalooza + Techtalk Keynote

  5. Thotcon 0x8 Badges

  6. Tinkering, Problem Making, and Higher Education

  7. Caterpillar Virtual Conference Talk

  8. AIGA Design Educators Conference Presentation

  9. Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire, Year 3

  10. Near Space Balloon Launch 1

  11. Chicago Housing Authority Workshop

  12. A Designing for Physical Technology Minor

  13. Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire, Year 2

  14. My Strata Talk

  15. Starting a Makerspace

  16. Dining Room Table

  17. How to Brew the Right Beer

  18. Big Data Outbreak

  19. Old Podcast Episodes

  20. My Thingiverse Profile