Jay  Silver

Jay Silver

The Founder and CEO of JoyLabz, Dr. Silver has invented many creative platforms such as Drawdio (Time's Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses) and Makey Makey. He holds a master's and PhD from MIT Media Lab and is a popular TED Talk speaker.

As a featured keynote speaker on innovation, creativity and technology, Jay has received rave reviews for his entertaining and inspiring presentations from audiences at TED, PopTech, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, IDEO, Microsoft, Google and many other global events.

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Dr. Jay Silver is the Founder and CEO of JoyLabz/Makey Makey. He has invented many creative platforms such as Drawdio (Time's Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses) and Makey Makey ("Kickstarted" for $500,000, Pop Sci Best of ToyFair).

As the first ever Maker Research Scientist at Intel, CNN has called Jay "...a leading proponent of the Maker Movement"-an innovative rebirth of DIY (do it yourself) and DIWO (do it with others). With an emphasis on the whimsical, entrepreneurial and educational, the Maker Movement is considered one of the most powerful new innovative entrepreneurial forces in the world today. The most visceral instantiation of the Maker Movement are the dozens of Maker Faires held around the world.

Jay has been inducted into the permanent collection of MoMA, exhibited artwork internationally at many museums-including Arts Electronica and NT MOFA-and been named a "Top 100 Inspirational World Changer" by DELL.

Jay helped develop Scratch, an online programming language used by millions. His inventions have been licensed and productized by the world's largest electronics and toy companies. Jay's company bootstrapped $2 million in revenue in the first year and continues it's rapid growth to date.

As a featured keynote speaker on innovation, creativity and technology, Jay has received rave reviews for his entertaining and inspiring presentations from audiences at TED, PopTech, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, IDEO, Microsoft, Google and many other global events. He has worked for companies and organizations ranging in diversity from Lincoln Labs (national defense research laboratory), to BellSouth, and UC San Diego.

Jay studied electrical engineering at Georgia Tech where he was named Engineer of the Year. He was awarded a Gates Scholarship to earn a master's in Internet Technology from Cambridge University. He also holds a master's and PhD from MIT Media Lab where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow and Lemelson Prize winner for inventiveness. Jay's MIT PhD thesis was "World as Construction Kit." A popular class he taught at MIT was "Radical Design for Learning"; where students took action designing iterative learning situations with a focus on experiential and nontraditional learning modalities.

Jay sits on the board of directors of Maker Ed, One Day on Earth, and Sunseed Food; and works with teens at places like Not Back to School Camp. Jay believes that being a romantic is of the utmost importance.

    "We had the pleasure of experiencing Jay for a full morning workshop, where he took our clients on a great journey through the workings of the human mind to unlock our potential to think creatively. The event was inspiring, fun and weird - all at the same time."

    - Google

    "Jay's session was a brisk-paced immersion allowing designers at various levels of understanding to quickly grasp basic hardware/software prototyping approaches. The Makey Makey session was instantly gratifying as well...enabling exploration by seasoned digital experts and those just exploring the domain alike."

    - IDEO

    "I am extremely pleased with my decision to book Jay Silver for my company's event. Throughout the process, he was very easy to work with, and it was clear from the start that he was very invested in helping us to customize his presentation to best fit our needs. His enthusiasm and passion for his subject matter is infectious, and his energetic delivery kept an audience of over 700 people, in all lines of work, interested and engaged. I would highly recommend Jay for any group looking to introduce their members to an individual that will inspire and motivate them to think outside the box."

    -The Advisory Board