Otronicon shares a big sustainability message with the Tiny Green Home

This Tiny Green Home is making a BIG difference!

Visitors to Otronicon on February 12-15 will see green when they check out our Tiny Green Home, a hands-on experience to increase sustainability education and awareness in Central Florida. Built by Orlando Utilities Commission, the City of Orlando and Orlando Science Center, the 200-square-foot home will premiere to the public during Otronicon and be available for scheduled tours throughout the event.

This diminutive abode offers a hands-on experience through interactive displays that educate visitors on energy and water conservation measures, sustainability rebates, vehicle electrification, renewables, composting, food gardens and other efficiency methods. It includes a functioning roof-top solar array and a rain barrel to collect and conserve water, among other green features visitors can add to their own homes.

Part of the American Cities Climate Challenge grant, the $100,000 project is funded equally by OUC and the City, along with a $15,000 grant from The Natural Resources Defense Council. 

The Tiny Green Home, a partnership between OUC, the City of Orlando and Orlando Science Center, is an educational resource showcasing the benefits of:

  1. Energy and water conservation
  2. Renewable energy
  3. Sustainability rebates
  4. Vehicle electrification,
  5. Composting
  6. Growing your own food
  7. Sustainability programs from OUC, the City, and OSC.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn this tiny home’s big message about sustainability. Tours will be scheduled during Otronicon and included with event admission. Following Otronicon, The Tiny Green Home will be available again for touring during Spring Break, March 12-21.

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

General Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

Are you curious about a career in tech? Check out Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life • Powered by Black Orlando Tech 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Drop by Otronicon and Drop Off Old Tech at Aeras Foundation Tech Drive and Visit STEM Mobile Lab

Get a jump on your spring cleaning and help end the Digital Divide

OSC is partnering with Aeras Foundation to help increase technology accessibility in our community! We are coming together to address the Digital Divide and bridge the gap between families with access to technology and communications tools and those without.

During Otronicon weekend, Aeras Foundation will be hosting a Tech Drive at the Science Center and collecting gently used technology that they will repair and redeploy to local students and families in need. Device donations are being sought from both corporations and individuals.

Join us in ensuring our local students have the technology they need to thrive by donating your gently used laptops and tablets!

Thank you for helping us give those without access to technology the same opportunity as those who do!

After making your donation to the tech drive, please visit Osceola County's STEM Mobile Lab, which will on display at Entrance A next to Aeras Foundation's tent through Monday. The STEM Mobile Lab hosts several fun activities to stimulate learning and discovery. Nurture your burgeoning STEM skills inside this tech oasis, including learning how to program your very own robot! Also, check out flying drone demonstrations at scheduled times.

Drop off location:
Orlando Science Center Entrance A - Bus Loop (Camden Road)
777 E Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803

Donations can be made between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, February 13 - Monday, February 15.

Please note: If you are planning on making a device donation and attending Otronicon, please drop your technology off at Entrance A before you park or as you are leaving the event.

Ending the digital divide

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

General Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

Are you curious about a career in tech? Check out Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life • Powered by Black Orlando Tech 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life • Powered by Black Orlando Tech

Are you curious about a career in tech?

High school seniors, college students, recent grads and those looking to transition into a tech career are invited to Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life powered by Black Orlando Tech!

This event will introduce aspiring and emerging tech enthusiasts to the diverse career and entrepreneurial opportunities in tech by showcasing what a day in the life of a tech professional looks like. These tech professionals will also share their journey to their current careers.

Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life will begin with a 45-minute panel discussion by industry leaders from Black Orlando Tech, followed by a 30 minute Q&A session.  

Panelists include: 

  • (Moderator) Kelda Senior -  BOT Communications Chair 
  • Bill Little - NASA 
  • Dr. Melissa Walwanis - Deputy Director of Research & Technology Programs, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division
  • Ayesha Benjamin - Senior Enterprise Security IT Product Manager, EA Games
  • Dr. Maya Byfield - Founder and Director, Phenomenal STEM(ist) 
  • Gabe Perez - Certified Information Technology/Security Professional, Advent Health
  • Liz Lytle - Communications Strategist, Curley & Pynn

After the presentation concludes, attendees will be able to network with presenters in the exhibit hall.

Seating in the Digital Adventure Theater is first come, first served upon your arrival. Overflow seating will be available in the CineDome and includes a live-stream of the presentation and Q&A with the audience. 

Saturday, February 13, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Admission:

Adult - $15 non-members

Youth - $10 non-members

OSC Members - FREE, but must register in advance

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend this event?

This program recommended for high school and college students and professionals interested in starting a career in the tech industry.

How will the check-in process work?

  • Please make your way to the vestibule doors located on Level 2 of the Orlando Science Center parking garage.
  • All guests entering OSC will need to take part in a temperature and health screening and will need to wear an approved face covering during the check-in process.
  • Once your health screening is complete, please make your way to the next available green target located on the SkyBridge.
  • A member of our events team will confirm your reservation in lobby and issue a wristband.
  • To expedite your check-in, please bring a copy of your email confirmation with the bar code ready and valid photo ID, to the check-in table.
  • Once you have been checked in, you will be directed to one of the two theaters for seating.
  • Seating in the Digital Adventure Theater is first come, first served upon your arrival. Overflow seating will be available in the CineDome and includes a live-stream of the presentation and Q&A with the audience.

What safety measures will be implemented to keep participants safe?

  • As a prerequisite for admission, we are asking all guests to wear a face covering and have their temperature checked before participating in Tech Connect. While in attendance, all guests are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines and wash or disinfect hands frequently.
  • Face covering - must be snug fitting, secured with ties or ear loops, and cover the nose and mouth. Face coverings made of mesh or sheer material or with holes or valves of any kind are prohibited.

What is the schedule for the night?

  • 6:00 p.m. - Guests check-in at the Box office
  • 6:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion begins (30 mins)
  • 6:45 p.m. - Moderated Q&A Session (30min)
  • 7:30 p.m. - Networking with presenters and exhibitors (60 mins)
  • 8:30 p.m. - Program Ends

Where do I park?

Parking for Tech Connect will take place in the garage and is free, starting at 6:00 p.m.

What if I need to cancel?

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellation and Refund Policy: All sales are final and will be honored only on the date selected so please be careful when purchasing. Except in the case of an event cancellation by Orlando Science Center, there are no refunds or exchanges allowed.

Otronicon Hours: February 12 - 15, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

General Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Play to Win with Powder Keg Gaming Competitions at Otronicon

Play, compete, and spectate in an awesome video game party!

Powder Keg Games hosts video game tournaments on consoles Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox. Titles include Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Street Fighter, Pokken Tournament DX, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more!

 

Schedule

Friday, February 12, 2021

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (F1 v 1, 16 cap, Playstation 4)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dragon Ball FighterZ (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Saturday, February 13, 2021

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Sunday, February 14, 2021

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Monday, February 15, 2021

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (F1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Pokken Tournament DX (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)

Consent Form & Ticket Packages

All participants under (18) years of age on the first day of attending the Otronicon event must submit a consent form upon entry to the event, signed by a caregiver, in order to participate in the gaming competitions.


 

Purchase a package that includes daily Otronicon admission and game competitions. Competitions have limited seating available and are $7 per participant, per game.

Please note that you MUST have a ticket to Otronicon to participate.

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

General Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21.00 for adults, $19.00 for seniors and students, and $15.00 for youth (ages 2-11).

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

From Live Science to a Tiny Green Home — Don’t Miss These Experiences Only At Otronicon!

Have a BLAST during these can’t-miss experiences at Otronicon!

Prepare to be mesmerized by dazzling live shows and events occurring throughout the entire four days of Otronicon! In addition to exhibitors with cutting-edge technology to experience, Orlando Science Center will be hosting spectacles like none other. Discover technology that boggles the senses and learn from influential leaders in the tech industry today.

 

To Infinity and Kaboom!

How does a rocket get the power to make it into space? Learn about the science of space travel with live stage show To Infinity and Kaboom! in the Digital Adventure Theater.   

A person creating a green explosion on a stage

Try out some tech!

Ready Player One? Experience the evolution of video games in Dr. Dare's Club House on Level 1 with modern and vintage arcade games, droid assembly, and more!
 
Learn how technology helps us better understand the animals and world around us with daily talks from the Animal Keepers in NatureWorks.   
 
Stop by KidsTown for robot-themed programs throughout the event! Young tinkerers can enjoy a robot-themed StoryTime and stretch their maker muscles as they design their own crafty robot creation in Creative Corner.
 
Guests ages 8+ are invited to stop by The Hive: A Makerspace for LightBot and Scratch programming games and building with hydraulics.   
 

Have you ever wondered what’s inside the electronics we use every day? Take a break and join us for Tech Take Apart in Founders Room on Level 3. 

 

a young girl using a 3D doodler

Tiny Green Home Tours

Tiny Green Home is teaching how Central Florida how to make a BIG difference. On display in Loch Haven Park just outside the Cafe,  the Tiny Green Home promotes energy efficiency and sustainable energy by showcasing features like a solar array, green wall, water cistern, and window film.

To maintain social distancing, limited tours will be available from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Stop by Idea Factory on Level 1 (next to NatureWorks) to sign up!

Tiny Home in a garden

Aeras Technologies STEM Bus and Tech Drive

Help increase technology accessibility in our community! 

Aeras Foundation will be hosting a Tech Drive during Otronicon and collecting gently used technology that they will repair and redeploy to local students and families in need. Get a jump on your spring cleaning by dropping off your old tech, and check out some of the exciting new technology!

 

four teens hold up a sign that says

Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life
Powered by Black Orlando Tech

Saturday, February 13, 2021
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Curious about a career path in technology? 
 
Hear from hiring managers and learn about the skills they look for in prospective candidates. Learn about the work culture and the environment as they share perspectives on working in the tech sector and share their own personal journey with a Q&A panel and networking opportunities. 
 
Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life Powered by Black Orlando Tech

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students, and $15 for youth (ages 2-11). 

Otronicon Tech Connect: A Day in the Life is FREE for members*, $15 for adults, $10 for youth.

Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.