Liftoff 2015 was held over 11 May (Day 1) and 12 May (Day 2). A video listing of the recorded sessions is available (along with all other 2015 Orbital sessions) here on YouTube:

Information about the Liftoff sessions (for archiving purposes) are here:

Monday, May 11 – Liftoff Day 1 (Mandatory)
Session Start Topic Notes
09:00 Orbital Introduction by Min YouTube recording
09:15 Design Thinking Workshop by Wee Sun Stanford D.School video
10:30 Google Developer Platform by Amit Chopra () Slides are in Slack
11:15 Design Thinking (con’t) by Wee Sun (see above for video link)
12:00 Lunch break (on your own)
13:00 Orbital Difficulty Levels / Suggested Project Themes / 2013 Project Review by Min and Wee Sun YouTube recording
14:00 Partner Matching / Initial Project Brainstorming / Mentor Proposed Project Ideas by you
14:30 Agile Methodology by Min YouTube recording, Slides from Winston of
15:30 Web basics by Min YouTube recording
16:30 T1 (I3 Aud): HTML / CSS by Min YouTube recording
16:30 T2 (I3 SR): Droid Basics by Jun Wen YouTube recording
18:30 Mentor Matching for Apollo 11 by prospective A11 teams


Tuesday, May 12 – Liftoff Day 2 (Mandatory)
Session Start Topic Notes
09:00 T1 (I3 Aud): Python by Min YouTube recording
09:30 T2 (LT19): Ruby on Rails by Yos Slides in Slack
10:30 T1 (I3 Aud): Google App Engine by Wee Sun
12:30 Lunch and Brainstorming and Slide Preparation by you
14:00 Presentation Skills by Min Jobs Macbook Air Intro and Elevator Pitch videos
14:30 Git basics, portfolio building and Git Issues by Min YouTube recording, Partial notes from Laurence then of
15:30 Ignition by you (All teams to present 1 minute on stage) YouTube recording
18:30 Skylab – The Orbital workflow by Min

The below is for 2014. Just for record keeping, current cohort, please ignore.

2014 Liftoff was on 12 and 14 May 2014 (Monday and Wednesday), as Tuesday is a public holiday (Vesak Day).

Liftoff Day 1 (12 May 2014)

  • 9.00-11.00: Design workshop
    Presenter: Wee Sun
  • 11.00-12.00: Difficulty Levels / Suggested project themes / 2013 Review
    Presenter: TBA
  • 12.00-13.00: Lunch (on your own)
  • 13.00-14.00: Presentation Skills
    Presenter: Darshini Santhanam of
  • 14.00-14.30: Partner matching and initial project definition
    Participation: Singleton Orbitees and Teams
  • 14.30-15.00: Intro to CodeAcademy / Alternatives
    Presenter: Min
  • 14.30-18.00: Python / Programming Contest
    Presenter: Min
  • 18.00-19.00: Agile Methodology
    Presenter: Winston Teo of

Post Day 1: Day 2 Prep (Software Installation / Video Presentations by Absentee teams)

  • Due: Submit 1 minute video for playback during Ignition (for groups who are absent with excuse) via a web link (e.g., provide a Dropbox link). Please no videos over 50 MB.

13 May is a holiday, Vesak Day

Liftoff Day 2 (14 May 2014)

  • 9.00-11.00: Web structure, HTML, version control

    Presenter: Ng Zhi An of

  • 11.00-12.00: Brainstorming and slide preparation
  • 12.00-13.00: Lunch (on your own)
    Due: For groups who have a team member present for today by 13.00, submit 1 page slide for Ignition presentation via the Piazza thread.
  • 13.00-15.30: Google App Engine
    Presenter: Wee Sun
  • 15.30-16.00: Tweak for Ignition / Ignition by Mentors
    Presenter: Mentors, Min
  • 16.00-18.00: Ignition (1 minute madness)
    Presentation by all Orbital Teams. Interested teams seeking mentorship will present first.
  • 18.00-18.30: Orbital Structure / Piazza / Admin / Close
    Presenter: Wee Sun, Min
    Due: Submit final registration information to the Piazza thread if different from your original registration by 23.59 tonight.
  • 18.30-19.30: Mentor Matching
    Participation by Interested teams (Apollo 11 with Mentorship, Mentors)
Due: By interested teams aiming for Apollo 11 with Mentorship: Indicate ranking preference of mentors by Piazza private note to Min / Wee Sun by Friday, 16 May 23.59.