You are invited to join the members of Orbital as they share lessons learned from 2014, and their projects and plans for 2015.

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Day 1: Tuesday, January 20, 7-9:30pm

Jed Schmidt is a JavaScript developer and recovering Japanese translator based out of Brooklyn. When he's not geeking out on the mobile web at UNIQLO, he enjoys running BrooklynJS and singing tight barbershop harmonies with his quartet, the Four Fives.

Phoebe Espiritu is the designer and creator of 25x52, an initiative to launch 25 projects in 52 weeks. Projects include: Project Moccasin, a mini-mentorship program; Google Fonts Typography, a collaborative typography gallery using Google Fonts; and Di55ect, an event series which brings together a community of artists and technologists in New York.

An alum of NYU's ITP Program, Phoebe previously managed the TechStars NYC HackStars, taught MFA Design Entrepreneurship at Parsons Design & Technology, and led design at numerous technology companies including AOL and Shapeways.

Taeyoon Choi is a New York and Seoul-based artist. He is the co-founder of the School for Poetic Computation, an artist-led school with the motto ‘More Poems, Less Demo’. His solo exhibitions include Speakers Corners, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, NY (2012); My friends, there is no friend, Spanien 139, Aarhus, Denmark (2011); and When Technology Fails, Reality Revails, Art Space Hue, Seoul, South Korea (2007). He has also published artist books including Anti-Manifesto through Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China (2012) and exhibited in group exhibitions such as Codes of Contingency, 319 Scholes, NY (2012).

Choi has completed residencies at The Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, PA (2014), fellowship at Eyebeam (2008, 2011) and currently in residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council workspace. He was also commissioned from Art + Technology Lab, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA (2014).

Tara Reed is an entrepreneur, marketer, and art collector. She splits her time between NYC & Detroit. No really, Tara’s on an airplane every few weeks.

Tara participated in Orbital’s first Bootcamp, where she launched her startup, Kollecto. Kollecto is a virtual art advisory service that helps people buy art between $100-$3000. Users get their own Art Advisor (which is kind of like a personal stylist for your walls).

Kollecto started as Tara’s side-project. She built the company’s MVP without writing a single line of code, stitching together off-the-shelf technology instead. Before launching Kollecto, Tara worked for Foursquare, Microsoft, and an internal startup venture within Google.

Gary Chou is the founder of Orbital, a space to do awesome stuff, where he teaches and produces independent projects. Prior to that, he created and managed the Union Square Ventures Network of portfolio companies.

Gary also currently teaches Entrepreneurial Design at the School of Visual Arts MFA in Interaction Design Program and advises the Austin Center for Design, which exists to transform society through design and design education, and Venture for America, which seeks to revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship.

Tuesday's talk will focus on lessons learned from Orbital Boot Camp and other educational programs at Orbital.

Day 2: Wednesday, January 21, 7-9:30pm

Ben Smyth is the founder and co-owner of Grand Opening and the founder of Little Mega. A communication designer and multimedia developer, he specializes in the creation, installation, and management of interactive materials for exhibitions, institutions, and web-based services.

Ben has created exhibitions, websites and managed branding for institutions including Grand Central Terminal, the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Historical Society, the American Institute of Architecture, Puma, Tretorn, Kickstarter, NBC, the Department of Defense, and the New York Transit Museum.

His exhibitions have appeared worldwide with his most recent installation, Grand by Design, exhibited at Grand Central Terminal in New York.

Christina Xu believes deeply in the importance of creating community spaces, building subversive infrastructure, and nurturing intersectional identities.

Currently, Christina works with Everybody at Once and PL Data, and teaches Entrepreneurial Design at SVA's MFA in Interaction Design program. She is a trustee of the New York chapter of the Awesome Foundation and is also an advisor to Orbital.

Evan Jackson Leong is a director and documentary filmmaker. Leong is likely most known for his documentary Linsanity about Jeremy Lin, which made its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Leong will direct, from a script he has written, the drama Snakehead which will star Lucy Liu in a story about the underworld of human smuggling that takes place on the streets of New York City's Chinatown.

Nikki Sylianteng is an independent interaction designer. She runs the guerrilla parking sign redesign project To Park or Not to Park? and eats carefully at eatingcarefully.com. She is a graduate of the MFA Interaction Design program at The School of Visual Arts and has previously worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Innovation Lab, Adaptive Path, and Clive Wilkinson Architects.

Gary Chou is the founder of Orbital, a space to do awesome stuff, where he teaches and produces independent projects. Prior to that, he created and managed the Union Square Ventures Network of portfolio companies.

Gary also currently teaches Entrepreneurial Design at the School of Visual Arts MFA in Interaction Design Program and advises the Austin Center for Design, which exists to transform society through design and design education, and Venture for America, which seeks to revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship.

Wednesday's talk will focus on the design of Orbital, the space.

Day 3: Thursday, January 22, 7-9:30pm

Chi-hui Yang is a film programmer, lecturer and writer based in New York. Yang sits on the selection committee for MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and is the president of the board of directors of the Flaherty Film Seminar. From 2000-2010 he was the Director and Programmer of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the largest showcase of its kind in the US. Yang is also the programmer of “Cinema Asian America,” an On-Demand service offered by Comcast, a Visiting Scholar at New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute and an adjunct professor at Hunter College and Columbia University.

Kenyatta Cheese is a professional Internet enthusiast who creates technology-based media studies of the impact of media and technology on culture. He is cofounder of Everybody at Once, a media consultancy, cocreator of Know Your Meme, a primary resource for understanding Web culture, and founder of Unmediated.org, a blog that tracks trends in decentralized media. He is also one of the pioneers of Web-based television, with projects such as WiFiTV, Browse TV, and vogbrowser.

Linda Peng (@lpnotes) is a front-end developer at We Also Walk Dogs, where she alternately frowns at or is super happy with her computer. She blogs at The Coding Diaries, arranges violin covers, and runs a fan page for violin covers enthusiasts. She enjoys connecting people with common interests, and started an open-sourced project called CodeBuddies that helps people find ad hoc virtual study partners to learn to code faster. Talk to her about A/B testing, violins, Harry Potter, learning at hackathons, or progressive activism. She previous worked at MoveOn.org.

Tina Ye is an interaction designer living in New York City and the founder of Scratch House, a magical cooking app that will get New Yorkers to cook more.

Tina likes to write. And cook. And dream about the day that corgis will rule the world.

Gary Chou is the founder of Orbital, a space to do awesome stuff, where he teaches and produces independent projects. Prior to that, he created and managed the Union Square Ventures Network of portfolio companies.

Gary also currently teaches Entrepreneurial Design at the School of Visual Arts MFA in Interaction Design Program and advises the Austin Center for Design, which exists to transform society through design and design education, and Venture for America, which seeks to revitalize American cities and communities through entrepreneurship.

Thursday's talk will focus on future projects.

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