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Jay Margalus

Jay Margalus is a game developer, hacker, and designer. He is a co-owner of the Chicago game company Lunar Giant, where he has worked on titles like Delve Deeper (on Steam), Mega Ran: The Game, and is currently set to publish Tetrapulse on Steam. Jay has also worked in the Big Data field, where he developed and designed applications for the company MapR. His additional research includes developing custom game hardware projects Big Data Outbreak and Project Libity.

Jay also cofounded and served as an officer for the suburban hackerspace Workshop 88, and is the principle of the hackerspace SpaceLab located in Mokena, Illinois. He is a founder and board member of the Chicago Southland Makerfaire. Jay also founded and chaired the non-profit IGDA Chicago, and currently chairs the Mokena Technology Committee, where he promotes and develops technology in the south suburbs.

Jay's work has allowed him to speak at varying conferences and events such as O'Reilly Strata Hadoop World, ChickTech Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs, C2E2, Indy Pop Con, and more. Topics he's currently covering include bias in open government data (, open source hardware and game development, hackerspaces, and hardware hacking.

To find out more about Jay's work, and what he's currently up to, you should visit


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