Join the members of Orbital for breakfast as they share their mid-year lessons learned and plans for the second half of 2015.

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Day 1: Tuesday, July 21, 8:30-10:00am

Edlyn Yuen is the founder of Prompt, an email-based community experiment.

Prior to Prompt, Edlyn was Senior Associate at StarVest Partners, a venture capital firm investing in B2B tech companies. Before that, Edlyn worked in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and at Kiva.org.

Edlyn has been an entrepreneur-in-residence at First Growth Venture Network, a New York City-based tech accelerator, and well as a business consultant for GoldenSource, a financial technology company.

KC Oh is a designer based in NYC and the founder of Dear Designers, a community of designers that help one another become more awesome.

KC also builds products for small businesses at Justworks, and has previously made stuff at Fjord, Gojee, and Etsy. He is also a proud queens resident and and Carnegie Mellon grad.

Christina Xu is an organizational designer and ethnographer. She believes deeply in the importance of creating community spaces, building subversive infrastructure, and nurturing intersectional identities. Currently, Christina is working on a zine about youth culture in China.

In addition to teaching Entrepreneurial Design at SVA's MFA in Interaction Design program as well as the Orbital 1K, she is a trustee of the New York chapter of the Awesome Foundation and an advisor to Orbital and the Data & Society Research Institute.

Day 2: Wednesday, July 22, 8:30-10:00am

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.

Janet Choi is the Marketing Manager at Customer.io, where she gets to nerd out with people about sending better email. She writes about marketing, psychology, the future of work, and how to communicate like a human being. She also curates kickass tunes for A Song A Day. Say hi @lethargarian.

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.

Day 3: Thursday, July 23, 8:30-10:00am

Nick Barr is a product maker based in Brooklyn, NY.

Did you know that 2015 is the Year of Nick? That’s his year of public, personal, collaborative building. Currently most of his time goes into developing l8r, a camera-first note-taking app.

Previously, I’ve made products at betaworks, DrawQuest, Canvas, and Ning. He's a TechStars mentor, and helps out with various programs at Orbital.

Estella González Madison is a web developer based in New York City who loves crafting a better web with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Currently she builds publishing tools at Blurb and organizes events for Women Who Code NYC, a network she co-founded in 2014.

Casey Gollan works with Free Cooper Union to spread the idea of "Free Education to All," and come up with ways to help people let go of broken/doomed paradigms. In 2013 he was a fellow at BHQFU, organizing around issues of education and student activism.

Casey also was the Administrator of the School for Poetic Computation, an artist-led school with the motto ‘More Poems, Less Demo’.

Casey studied art and design at Cooper Union.

Day 4: Tuesday, July 28, 8:30-10:00am

David Haddad is co-founder and Executive Director of Open mHealth. He's worked in both domestic and global health for organizations like the World Bank, UN Foundation, WHO and more. David holds a master’s degree in health economics and policy from the London School of Economics and a bachelors in chemistry and public health from UC Berkeley. He hearts tacos and is working on a new project called Bent Basket

Chris Willard has spent 18 years composing and recording music, 15 years writing software for The Man, and 1 year(s) at Orbital.

See more about me at wllrd.com.

Amy Reeder draws both mainstream and independent comics and is half of the creative force behind the new Image Comics hit series Rocket Girl—a time-traveling romp about a teen cop with a jetpack. Known for her expressive characters, kinetic action, and vivid colors, Amy produces a vision that is distinctly her own, while still being easy to digest. Amy also drew Batwoman and Supergirl for DC Comics and rose to popularity on her particularly long run in Vertigo’s Madame Xanadu, which earned her three Eisner nominations: Best New Series, Best Artist, and Best Cover Artist.

Day 5: Wednesday, July 29, 8:30-10:00am

Anke Stohlmann's creative focus lies at the intersection of branding and publication design for print and digital media. For over 15 years Anke has worked as a designer, art director and creative director for many of New York's leading agencies in graphic design and publishing, creating brand experiences across multiple platforms, from books and magazines to websites and digital publications.

Anke is the principal and creative director of Li'l Robin, the multi-disciplinary studio she founded in 2005. At Li'l Robin Anke has created brand identity systems, publications and websites for clients including LIFE Books, Sterling Publishing, The New York Times, Pratt Institute, Maxwax, IFP and Global Writes. Anke recently completed her MFA in Interaction Design from School of Visual Arts.

Eden Full is a software/mechanical engineer interested in building products to solve society’s biggest problems. She is the inventor of the SunSaluter, a low-cost mechanism that optimizes solar panels while providing clean water for rural, off-grid communities in fifteen countries.

She studied Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Robotics & Intelligent Systems at Princeton University. Proudly Canadian, she was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, but now lives in New York City.

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.

Day 6: Thursday, July 30, 8:30-10:00am

Ian Ownbey is the co-creator of OneShot and the author of Morale over a Project Lifecycle.

Giana Pilar González works and plays with the codes and structures of brands, technology and cultural systems.

Her artwork has been featured in exhibits at Eyebeam and Garanti Gallery, and publications such as WiredUK, Hurriyet and Fashion Practice.

Giana lives and works in New York. When she is not in the Big Apple, she can be found in Panama. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and a Master’s Degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University.

Ekene Ijeoma is a designer and developer. His work explores the artistic and humanistic properties of data and algorithms through media, objects, installations and spaces. His award-winning projects have been exhibited at the Design Museum, Istanbul Design Biennial, Vignelli Center, Salone del Mobile, and more.

Ekene has done artist residencies at Ace Hotel and Fabrica, been a visiting artist at Virginia Commonwealth University and School for Poetic Computation, lectured at Parsons and critiqued at Yale.

He has previously worked with Bloomberg, Wolff Olins, Pentagram, Google Creative Lab and more. His project with Hyperakt, The Refugee Project, was recently published in MoMa’s Design and Violence and nominated for Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2015.

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