12th Annual Otronicon technology expo at Orlando Science Center

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One of Orlando Science Center’s largest events, Otronicon is an annual four day hands-on expo that offers access to cutting edge technology rarely available the public! From January 13th through 16th, 2017, participants can fly a real-world military simulator, operate a surgical robot or get a preview of tomorrow’s technology by engaging with some of our community’s up and coming start-ups and established players!

For the 12th consecutive year, Otronicon will connect visitors with the creative professionals and technology that are turning Central Florida into a hub for innovation. Otronicon is a celebration of our community’s technology leaders, including the latest from Lockheed Martin, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida Hospital for Children, University of Central Florida, and Bohemia Interactive as well as a cross—section of our region’s top indie game developers.

During the event, participants will discover the potential for exciting STEM careers in Central Florida’s growing tech industry while they experience the future of games and design, see the latest in medical and military technologies, check out workshops and panels and so much more!

NEW AND COOL EXPERIENCES
 

Talon Simulations

Talon Simulations is a local Orlando company that specializes in high end virtual reality experiences and their flagship product is the Atomic A3 full motion simulator. Using innovative-patented technology combined with near limitless adjustability and unrivaled software support, the A3 is re-writing the rulebook for affordable motion simulation.

UCF Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

A showcase of computer-based, tablet and virtual reality student games will be available for all to play and interact with at Otronicon! FIEA faculty, students and staff will be in attendance to talk to anyone and everyone interested in the various aspects of game development and game education.

Synthestruct Conduit - Interactive Sound Installation

Conduit is an interactive sound installation designed by Synthestruct (Artist Ginger Leigh) that invites visitors to explore and control sound through tactile interaction with water. Visitors are presented with an arrangement of pedestals, each with dish of water representing an unique sound. As individual sounds are triggered, visual patterns project within the space, reflecting characteristics of each sound.

Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS): Advanced Learning Technologies

ECS has combined its expertise in game-based training with the newest generation of Virtual Reality hardware to create an immersive training demonstration to show how these technologies can be utilized to train workers in all industries, from military to medical, and from classrooms to corporations.

Tabletop Gaming 

New to Otronicon, we’re going back to the basics with tabletop gaming! Video games have definitely dominated the decade and though they are played on a different platform, many of the game mechanics remain the same between tabletop games and video game. Both video games and tabletop games each have their own appeal, but Otronicon will showcase how the two are intertwined and how they can teach valuable skills.

SPEAKERS & WORKSHOPS

 

On Saturday, keynote speaker Mike Ambinder, Senior Experimental Psychologist at Valve Software, will discuss the future of game design and share how designers are pushing the boundaries of what gaming. Ambinder has worked on DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Alien Swarm. In addition to these keynotes, Otronicon hosts speakers daily that will provide an open dialogue for you to engage with industry experts. Topics range from start-ups to holograms to empowering kids with coding.

If you’re considering a career in technology or digital media, or you’re just interested in learning how it’s done, you won’t want to miss one of our hands-on workshops. Taught by industry professionals, these workshops will cover topics like coding, virtual reality, robotics, game development and more! Workshops are first come, first serve so sign up online or arrive to sign up early to experience how the world of interactive technology is at your fingertips – literally.

PAST FAVORITES RETURN FOR A SHOCKING DISPLAY

 

Giving a whole meaning to “shock rock,” ArcAttack returns to Otronicon to grace the stage with guitars, drums and singing Tesla coils. Watch this band rock out as visually stunning sparks emanate from the coils in conjunction with the music. The jam session produces what looks like lightning and interacts with a Faraday cage that visitors can stand safely inside during the show. As if that wasn’t enough to get you “charged up,” see sparks tangle with a chain mail-wearing guitarist and drums played by a robot! ArcAttack has appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” at SXSW in Austin and designed the Tesla coils used in an endurance stunt by illusionist David Blaine in 2012.

Other returning favorites include Walt Disney World Resort, which will showcase how they use simulation to design rides and attractions, and Lockheed Martin, a partner since the first Otronicon in 2006, offering an immersive helicopter flight simulator for the first time. And Florida Hospital for Children invites you to operate the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, a technological leap forward over previous models of the robotic-assisted surgery system!

Want to see how your interest in videogames can lead to fantastic career opportunities? Check out Otronicon’s third annual Indie Game Developer Showcase. Discover the burgeoning indie game community as nearly a dozen teams bring their games for you to play. Meet the innovative entrepreneurs that are changing the tech landscape in Orlando and learn how you can embark on the same path!

Plug in and jam with the 4th Otronicon Game Jam presented by the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design. It will challenge game designers to create a playable game from scratch. Competitors will begin on Friday and conclude on Sunday. After just over 30 hours of creative design and implementation, Game Jam judges will pick a team whose game best utilizes the Google Daydream and its immersive nature. Each member of the winning team will receive their own Google Daydream and a Nexus phone to get each member ready to develop their own mobile games for VR.

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon

 

Looking for a unique date night experience? Check out Science Night Live, an adult evening program on Saturday, January 14th from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. It’s an evening for adults to enjoy Otronicon after hours with your friends or significant other. You’ll have the entire Science Center to yourself while enjoying adult beverages, small food bites and Otronicon presenters… all without kids! You must be 21 or older to attend.

Rock out with ArcAttack, challenge your friends to laser battle under the night sky (weather permitting). Don’t forget to check out can’t-miss keynote speaker Charlie Blackwell-Thompson Launch Director for NASA’s Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, as she presents a Countdown to Mars. The event includes everything that Otronicon has to offer to ignite your imagination and stimulate your senses. Please note that Science Night Live requires a separate ticket to attend.

 

COST, HOURS & MORE INFO

Admission to Otronicon is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and students, and $13.95 for youth (ages 3-11). Science Center members can experience Otronicon for free! All attendees are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets at www.otronicon.org/attend for pre-sale prices and to experience extremely reduced admission lines! Admission to Science Night Live is $15.95 (you must be 21 or older to attend Science Night Live).

Otronicon is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, January 13 to Monday, January 16. 

For more information, call 407-514-2000 or visit www.otronicon.org.

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