Jay Silver

Developed Drawdio, a circuit-craft that attaches to an ordinary wooden pencil and turns drawings into musical instruments
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Jay Saul Silver is a PhD student in the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab, and works for Intel Labs "Interaction Experience Research" group, helping develop a Maker Culture. Time named one of his inventions “Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses,” and he has put out many creative platforms, including Drawdio, Singing Fingers, and Scratch collectively in the hands of millions. Jay has given talks at TEDx Sacramento, TEDx Santa Cruz, and TEDx Amherst. He has exhibited internationally at museums such as the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Exploratorium, and ARS Electronica. He also runs digital prototyping workshops for clients such asIDEO, LEGO, and Intel.

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 in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT Media Lab where he invented “Camera for the Invisible.”