Why Intel Cares About Educating Makers


Wednesday, September 17, 3:50 pm to 4:10 pm in Auditorium

At Intel, we believe that a solid math and science foundation – coupled with critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving skills – is crucial for students’ success and for the development of a well-rounded workforce. A founding sponsor of the Maker Education Initiative, Intel has expanded its STEM outreach recently to include maker education programs. Learn more about why Intel cares and what else the company is doing to help encourage the next generation of young innovators.


Jay Melican

Maker Czar, Intel
Jay Melican is Intel’s Maker Czar. He currently serves in the company’s New Devices Group, coordinating internal maker-related initiatives and Intel’s outreach to the maker community. In this role, he works within Intel and with partners on programs that help inspire creativity, enthusiasm for learning and invention with the Intel® Galileo and Intel® Edison platform technologies. At Intel, Jay has worked as a research scientist in Intel Labs and has a background as a design ethnographer, user researcher, interaction designer and product strategy consultant. He holds a BA from Brown University, an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and a PhD in design from IIT.