Contact Info

e-mail and Hangouts: jorge@jorgegarcia.io
Social: @yorickgarcia everywhere publicly online.

...why yorick?

A night on Behind the Name and @jorgegarcia is usually taken so I gave up on trying to get it.

  • JORGE - Spanish and Portuguese form of GEORGE.
    • GEORGE - English, Romanian From the Greek name Γεωργιος (Georgios), which was derived from the Greek word γεωργος (georgos) meaning "farmer, earthworker", itself derived from the elements γη (ge) "earth" and εργον (ergon) "work".
  • YORICK - Literature, English, and Dutch altered form of JØRG. Shakespeare used this name for a deceased court jester in his play 'Hamlet' (1600).
    • JØRG - Danish and Norwegian short form of JØRGEN.
      • JØRGEN - Danish and Norwegian form of JÜRGEN.
        • JÜRGEN - Low German form of GEORGE.
          • GEORGE - English, Romanian



Chicago Public Library – February 2013 to July 2019

  • Multi-Departmental Instructional Designer
    (Senior Maker Lab Specialist II 2013-2019)
    (Lead YOUmedia Computer Science Mentor 2016-2019)
    (Cyber Navigator 2013)

    • Led a team of seven instructional design specialists creating learning experiences and activations around 2D and 3D design
    • Led a Design Thinking team in delivering new staff training methods for learning and development of new library technology
    • Developed makersinchicago.org for promoting communication across makerspace and organizations in the metro-area
    • Developed and facilitated MOOCs for computer programming in partnerships with P2PU. (HTML/CSS, Java, XML, Python)
    • Represented CPL at conferences across the US such as GDC in San Francisco and MIT’s Scratch Conference in Cambridge
    • Collaborated with librarians on the use of SharePoint to cross-train and improve organizational knowledge management
    • Implemented a network of computer systems across branches for introducing design, PC-gaming, streaming, and podcasting
    • Supervised the collection of data and delivered regular reports for continued funding in the form of talks, and grant writing
    • Managed the repairs and maintenance of AV and lab hardware including 3D printers, laser cutters, milling routers, computers
    • Mentor teens particularly in the topics of computer science and maker skills. Create and facilitate certification processes for using equipment like 3D printers, plotters, and robotics kits. Develop a foundation of tools to enable teens to explore interests such as computer hardware, microprocessors, computer programming, virtual reality, and more.
  • Library Page – 2013-2016


CPL’s Special Collection Harold Washington Sculpture Digitization
MakersinChicago.org and @makersinchicago
MIT Media Lab’s SPINTiffany Tseng's Original


CPL Maker Lab Ambassador

CPL Foundation’s Night at the Stacks – 2016, 2017, 2018
Pocket Con – 2014, 2015, 2016
LakeFX – 2015, 2016

Scratch & Finch

Make Take Teach Fair – 2016
Southside Chicago Mini Maker Fair – 2014, 2015, 2016
1000k Opportunities – 2015
Illinois Hispanic Business Expo – 2015
MIND Research Institute Math Fair – 2015
Gates Foundation HOMAGO at CPL – 2014
Google’s Geek Street – 2015
Tomorrow’s Technology Today – 2017, 2018

Media Appearances

Around Town (WGN) - West Loop YOUmedia/STEM Resources
Chicago Tonight (WTTW) – CPL
You & Me (WCUI) – Geek Street/Finch
Around Town (WGN) – Chinatown Branch Circulating Tech/Finch
Nerdologues (Podcast) – Maker Lab
Pop Up Youth Radio (Podcast) – Maker Lab/Finch
Gadget Guide (Chicago Tribune) – Reviewer

Blog Roll

Flickerings — In the Gloam
The Over Examined Life
Alexandra Franzen
...going through my bookmarks in May 2020