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By OSC on January 8, 2016 in Otronicon, What's New

Otronicon v.11 Celebrates STEM and Inspires Tomorrow’s Workforce

Friday, January 15 — Monday, January 18, 2016

For the 11th consecutive year, Orlando Science Center invites Central Florida to interact with industry leaders and learn about STEM careers, experience the future of games and design, see the latest in medical and military technologies, check out workshops and panels led by industry pros, and so much more! Celebrate interactive technology’s role in how we live, learn, work and play during Otronicon January 15 – 18, 2016!

Featuring multiple industry partners including Lockheed Martin, EA SPORTS, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida Hospital for Children, University of Central Florida, and more, Otronicon is the Science Center’s largest annual event — more than 14,000 visitors are expected for all four days. Since 2006, OTRONICON has explored the science, art, technology, careers and fun behind simulation, robotics, videogames, virtual reality and digital media. The experience has the opportunity to inspire interest from all ages in science and tech careers through a diverse and exciting menu of experiences.

There are workshops and presentations on video game creation as well as exclusive chances not usually available to the public to experience simulators and examine how video game technology is being used in the military, medical, sports and entertainment industries as a training and design tool. Plus, connect with local simulation companies to learn about exciting careers in the ever-growing high-tech fields!


Don’t miss these high-profile keynote speakers during Otronicon After Dark! On Friday evening, join Kevin Dill of Lockheed Martin, an expert on game AI, as he presents “The Illusion of Intelligence: Crafting AI Behavior for Games” at 8 p.m. Then, on Saturday evening at 8 p.m., learn how augmented reality will accelerate machine learning and make computers more personal with Microsoft’s Dr. Michael Gourlay presentation “Augmented and Virtual Reality Development.”

In addition to these keynotes, Otronicon offers speakers and panels daily that will provide an open dialogue for you to engage with industry experts. Topics range from cutting edge medical technology to women in tech. Interact with the pros and learn about a wide range of topics related to STEM careers and the high-tech industry at Otronicon 2016!

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.


Giving a whole meaning to “shock rock,” performance rock group ArcAttack graces 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.

EA SPORTS, the brand responsible for the best-selling Madden NFL and FIFA series, returns to Otronicon and will spotlight the many exciting aspects of game development. Also returning is Walt Disney World Resort, which will showcase how they use simulation to design rides and attractions. Lockheed Martin, a partner since the first Otronicon in 2006, is exhibiting flight simulators. 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 second 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 3rd 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 night and conclude on Sunday. After just 30 hours of creative design and implementation, Game Jam judges will pick a team whose game best utilizes the Makey Makey and demonstrates the engaging nature of the user interface tools. New this year, the game jammers will be on the floor during the event and have scheduled times for visitors to try their games while they’re still in creation and ask questions!


Otronicon After Dark on Friday and Saturday evenings will offer experiences geared for adults, including musical performances at 6 and 8 p.m. by BEEMO (Friday) and BFunk20XX (Saturday). Beemo is an indie-folk rock group that is comprised of Lockheed Martin engineers and communications professionals and BFunk20XX is a chiptunes group that will play synthesized electronic music reminiscent of eight-bit video game soundtracks.

In addition, don’t miss the keynote speakers addressing the latest technology trends at 8 p.m. each evening in the Digital Adventure Theater. In the Founders Room, Augmented Reality Improv! will perform live shows and adults can enjoy food and beverages available for purchase courtesy of BART in the lounge area. Amateur and professional gamers can enter for a chance to win cash prizes with the return of gaming competitions presented by Powder Keg Games.


Observe both art and science with a new perspective during the 2016 UCF STEAM Exhibition. This art gallery, located on the mezzanine on the third level, will present paintings, drawings, photographs and 3D artworks created by UCF fine arts students and UCF CREATE elementary students in visual response to STEM topics.

The exhibition, entitled “When Art and Science Meet,” inserts Arts into the STEM discussion to create STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). It includes futuristic visualizations, illustrations of current research and compelling artworks that both celebrate and question the social, cultural and political opportunities and ramifications of technological advancements in the science disciplines.

In addition to this exhibition, Otronicon will host more than 15 local artists showcasing works that are a fusion of art and technology from several mediums, many inspired by science fiction, comic books or gamer culture.


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 tickets for pre-sale prices and to experience extremely reduced admission lines!   

Otronicon is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Jan. 18.

Find Otronicon on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and use the hashtag #otronicon.


University of Central Florida Research & Commercialization; Florida Hospital for Children; Bright House Networks; EA SPORTS; PNC Bank; Lockheed Martin; Florida High Tech Corridor; DAVE School; Walt Disney World Resort; University of Central Florida College of Engineering & Computer Science; Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy; Seay Business; Engineering & Computer Simulations; University of Central Florida College of Arts & Humanities; University of Central Florida School of Visual Arts & Design; University of Central Florida Institute for Simulation & Training; National Center for Simulation; University of Central Florida College of Sciences; Microsoft; University of Central Florida College of Medicine; University of Central Florida School of Psychology; Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission; City of Orlando; and United Arts of Central Florida; Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs.


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