Mike Emerick and Jayson Margalus

Mike Emerick is a former IBMer where he co-founded IBM healthcare transformation lab. The Lab was a center for healthcare integration and analytics. His work includes genomic research of the HIV virus, gene ontology specifically for food plants in agriculture. Mike, founded a nonprofit to promote Urban agriculture and the data science behind food production. He has worked with NGO's, heads of state and presidential cabinet members helping them learn and understand the next generation Agriculture and food supplies. He is now working with the electronic frontier foundation to develop new licences for providing and keeping data open and free. He is active in the the Chicago hacker/maker movement and logs many of his creative hours at Workshop 88 in the Chicago Suburbs.

Jayson Margalus is a results-oriented software engineer skilled in big data visualizations, game design and web software. As a Demo Engineer for MapR, Jayson is responsible for building interactive data visualizations, exhibits, and data art that demonstrate the power of MapR. Prior to that role, Jayson was an Adjunct Faculty member at DePaul University, where he co-created and taught “Business for Indie Developers.” While at DePaul, Jayson also taught game design, game history, and game programming. Jayson was also the co-owner of Lunar Giant Studios, an independent game studio, and a founder of Polymath Workshop, a web software company. Earlier in his career, Jayson co-founded and chaired the non-profit IGDA Chicago (International Game Developers Association). Jayson holds a BA in Political Science, History and History of Ideas from North Central College in Chicago.