More than 600 Stepped Into The Past to Support the Future

The Neanderthal Ball Was a Rockin’ Success

Guests partied like a caveman at the Orlando Science Center's Annual Neanderthal Ball on Saturday, November 5. They participated in a “diamond dig” for an authentic half-karat diamond, examined real fossils, and showed off the latest in “caveman couture.” It was a night of prehistoric fun in the dinosaur exhibit and raised $100,000 for the Science Center’s mission to inspire science learning for life.

Not only was the ball filled with fun activities, upscale dining was provided by Stonewood Grill with beverages, including Olive Garden’s fine wines and Orlando Brewing Company’s artisan beers. New event partner Absolut vodka offered a martini bar to move our theme into the Ice Age with a themed area inside the Science Center’s astronomy exhibit.

The Neanderthal Ball is presented by Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The event continues to serve as one of the Science Center’s biggest friend-raisers of the year.


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Over 500 cavemen and cavewomen stepped into the past on November 6 for Orlando Science Center’s fourth annual Neanderthal Ball. Guests arrived in style by showcasing their favorite animal print cocktail dresses, ties and prehistoric accessories. DinoDigs set the stage, providing attendees with the opportunity to dine beside STAN the T-Rex and slightly friendlier dinosaurs.

Capital Grille, Tim’s Wine Market and Orlando Brewing helped kick off the festivities by providing fine wine and delicious beer that flowed freely throughout the gala evening. The silent auction was the talk of the party, as some of Orlando’s most influential people traveled around the fourth floor rotunda bidding on items that were graciously donated by an array of spectacular sponsors. Exclusive travel packages, theme park attractions, wine and dining events, sports and golf outings and gift certificates were just some of the unique experiences and items offered.

The celebration continued throughout the night as our ancient friends enjoyed their meals, while rocking out to music and themed entertainment. Chief Meteorologist Jeff Day led the raffle drawings that included two round-trip Air Tran tickets, a Chauffered Dine-Around, as well as the best prize of the night, a half-carat diamond!

Due in part to this extraordinary fundraiser, dedicated Board of Trustees and devoted staff, the Orlando Science Center is able to maintain the mission and goal of inspiring science learning for life.

 


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Otronicon v.9 is in the can and it’s time we roll the credits on the inaugural FilmSlam! More than two dozen films were submitted in the genres of animation, gaming, science fiction, fantasy, cult and horror and screened for a live audience on the second day of Otronicon in the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers selected to showcase their film and who won awards! 

  

Judges Picks

1st: Brain Divided – Ringling College of Art and Design
2nd: Dia de los Muertos – Ringling College of Art and Design
3rd: It’s a Tie!
Runaway – Ringling College of Art and Design
Chicken or the Egg – Ringling College of Art and Design

 

Brain Divided from Cartoon Brew on Vimeo.

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And that’s all she wrote! The ninth annual Otronicon has come to a close as the final day featured a panel on how video games can make us smarter. Of course, it was also the last chance to experience the larger-than-life video game experiences and state-of-the-art medical and military simulators.

Check out the photo gallery for day four as we countdown to Otronicon’s tenth anniversary next year!

Photos courtesy of RF Photography


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The Game Jam continued at Otronicon, with five teams competing for 48-hours straight to design the best game for the Oculus Rift. Presented by UCF School of Visual Arts & Design and E2i Creative Studio.

Microsoft and Sony present the latest in video game and home entertainment consoles with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, respectively. In addition, check out Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2 and Sony’s Personal 3D HDTV Viewer.

Don't miss the final day of Otronicon 2014!

Photos courtesy of Michael van Gelder.


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Otronicon offered an evening of adult entertainment with special sections featuring mature games, food and beverages for purchase, geek trivia and live music with "A Brilliant Lie."

Photos courtesy of Michael van Gelder.


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Otronicon continues featuring larger-than-life video game experiences, state-of-the-art medical and military simulators, and so much more!

Ekso Bionics demonstrated the bionic suit that allows those who are wheelchair-bound to walk again and Otronicon hosted its first FilmSlam competition. Experience Otronicon through Monday!

Photos courtesy of Jennine Miller and Jamie Frishman.


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Saturday marked day two of Otronicon v.9 and we're just getting started! See what you missed, and be sure to be here Sunday and Monday for the ninth annual spectacular.

Photos courtesy of Roberto Gonzalez.


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Let The Games Begin!

The four-day interactive technology expo began Friday, Jan. 17 at Orlando Science Center. Check out the photos from Day One and be sure to join us through Monday!

Photos courtesy of RF Photography


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Otronicon enjoyed a VIP visit from Congressman Daniel Webster during the first day of the ninth annual technology festival at the Orlando Science Center. During his visit, Congressman Webster experienced a flight simulator courtesy of Lockheed Martin, graced the cover an EA SPORTS video game, saw a woman once restricted to a wheelchair walk again thanks to an Ekso Bionics exoskeleton and so much more. Orlando Science Center and its Otronicon partners thank Congressman Webster for joining us today. We enjoyed giving him a glimpse of the innovation that can be found right here in Central Florida.

Photos Courtesy of Glenn Clark


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City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined Science Center President and CEO JoAnn Newman to officially launch Otronicon v.9 at Orlando Science Center. Event included a demonstration of the Ekso Bionic Suit, which helps “test pilot” Sarah Anderson walk after losing the use of her legs in a car accident.

New partners Microsoft and Sony join the likes of Walt Disney World Resort, EA SPORTS, Florida Hospital for Children, Lockheed Martin and the University of Central Florida, plus many other technology leaders to explore Orlando’s impact on the worlds of entertainment, simulation, education, health care and more.


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To a kid, Otronicon is a dream come true — four floors of video games, robots, virtual reality and more. While the event can be known for the fun that can be had, it’s also recognized for sparking a child’s interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of interactive technology.

The event promotes the concept of “made in Orlando, played in Orlando” with many chances to interact with the creative professionals that make popular video games and discover the growing career opportunities available locally.

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