Hack2Impact Details


Thank You

Thank you to DePaul University, and to the College of Computing and Digital Media’s Dean David Miller and Associate Dean Terry Steinbach. Thanks to our DePaul community, including professors Eric Landahl, Mark Potosnak, staff Joan McGrenera, Jerica Turek-Johnson, Jennifer McClelland, Ruben Alvarez, Donna Voight, Kevin Connolly, and Elly Kafritsas-Wessels. Thanks to the many colleges and institutions at DePaul for helping promote this event, including our College of Business, Humanities Center, DePaul OSI, DePaulMakes, College of Science and Health, Catholic Studies, Office of Mission and Values, DePaul University Information Services, and many many others. Thanks to our sponsors (below), our Chicago maker champion Drew Fustini, our non-profit partners, and to our participants. Special thanks to DePaul’s Steans Center and Chicago’s Office of the City Clerk and their CTO Eric Vazquez for getting many partners involved in our event. Also thank you to Pumping Station: One, Spacelab, the Chicago Knights FIRST Robotics Club, Northwestern University, and UIC for being such great public partners and champions in making this event happen. And Finally, thanks to our IRL student workers for putting their time and energy, and so much passion, into making the IRL and this first event a reality, especially Graduate Assistant Theresa Boyle (co-organizer of this event) and Head Lab Moderator Jenn Lawhead.


Yours in service,

Jay Margalus
IRL Faculty Director



Network: depaul-guest
Username: HackToImpact
Password: ayeanileogre



Our sponsors have donated their resources, time, and expertise to make this event happen. Very special thanks goes to:



Friday, Feb 23, 6-10pm

6pm Gather and Welcome with IRL Staff, IRL Director Jay Margalus, and Guest Speaker Ray Doeksen

6:30 Volunteer Presentations

7:00 Breakout into groups and work

Saturday, Feb 24, 8am-10pm

8am Gather and work

12pm Lunch

1pm Meet with Nonprofit Lead and work

5pm Dinner

6-10pm Breakout and work

Sunday, Feb 25, 8am-4pm

8am Breakfast and Gather

8:30am Breakout and work

12pm Lunch

1pm Meet with Nonprofit Lead and wrap-up project

3pm Presentations

4pm Final Notes and Send-off


Hardware Projects (how to)


Showcase Sign-up

We will be hosting a showcase in the coming months to celebrate what gets made at the Idea Realization Lab. If you would like your team to participate in this event, please fill out this form.