Otronicon Exhibitors Offer Access to the Latest and Greatest Technology!

From education to military to gaming, nearly 60 exhibitors will be in attendance at Otronicon this year showing guests their newest technology! Whether you’re interested in medical tech and want to use the surgical DaVinci robot, or you’re interested in game creation, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Otronicon! 

 

 Here’s what you can expect from some of the many exhibitors during Otronicon, January 17 to 20, 2020! Please note that some of these exhibitors may only be present on select days.

Education & Tech

At its core, Otronicon is a hub for education. Whether or not attendees realize it (because of the amount of fun being had) each exhibit, experience, speaker, and workshop is teaching them something new. This year, 18 education and tech exhibitors like the UCF Department of Games and Interactive Media and Tech Sassy Girlz will be in attendance showing guests all the possible careers in STEAM they can pursue.

Tech Sassy Girls booth at Otronicon

Artists

Gone are the days that technology and art are viewed as two distinct entities. As technology continues to become integral in every aspect of society, it has formed a unique and vital relationship with the arts. This year, Otronicon will feature 16 local innovative artists like Orlando native Synthestruct and crowd favorite, The Sticker Dork, to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math in the Central Florida community. Future artists and scientists alike will be inspired by the opportunities that arise when these two disciplines are united.

An artist exhibitor at Otronicon looks at her paintings

Military/Aerospace

The military has driven some of the most recognizable technological advances in the world. The Internet, radar tracking, and EpiPens would not exist today without their military origins. From cutting-edge flight simulators to engineering practices, Otronicon is pleased to offer unprecedented access to innovative technology from the military, produced right in Central Florida. Don’t miss exhibitors like Lockheed Martin, NASA Kennedy Space Center, and more.

Guest using military simulators

Gaming

Get an immersive, exciting and comprehensive look into the science that has made your favorite games come to life at Otronicon 2020. Meet the gaming industry leaders like the Serious Games Showcase and Orlando Game Space that will not only show off their creations, but take you through their creation process, from concept to final product.

Guests playing in a video game tournament at Otronicon

Medical/Health

Where else can you operate a surgical robot and compete in a video game tournament within the same hour? Otronicon, of course! With groundbreaking equipment that is transforming the healthcare industry, this an opportunity to see and experience innovative technology that is difficult to find anywhere else.

AdventHealth showing guests of Otronicon the surgical robot.

Tech Startups

It’s no secret Orlando is growing into a major hub for science, technology, engineering, art, and math careers. For this and many other reasons, Otronicon hosts the O-Tech Startup Showcase, which highlights Orlando entrepreneurs to inspire tomorrow’s tech visionaries to see the potential for opportunity right here in our own hometown. Visit these exhibitors to learn exactly what it takes to create a tech start-up. Who knows? Maybe you’ll return to Otronicon in a few years with your own!

 

Click here to view the full list of exhibitors. 

Guests of Otronicon interacting with a game.

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

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

From Electrifyingly Fun Live Shows to Drones— Don’t Miss These Experiences Only At Otronicon!

Have an electrifyingly fun time 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 the dozens of 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 directly from one of the most influential leaders in the gaming industry today.

 

Tesla Coil Shows

Back by popular demand, it’s the hair-raising Tesla Coil Show! Discover how a Tesla coil can be transformed into a musical instrument in this live show that explores the science of electricity and celebrates the innovative mind of Nikola Tesla and his Tesla coil. Explore the different types of electricity and delve into the history of the “current wars” between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. You won’t want to miss this shockingly exciting experience!

*Please note that this presentation contains loud noises and flashing lights. This may not be suitable for all audiences.

 

Keynote Speaker Kate Edwards

Gain invaluable insight from Otronicon Keynote Speaker, Kate Edwards, in her presentation, “Career Paths to Game Creation” on Saturday, January 18. Discover how you can become a part of the growing global face of game creation regardless of your background. Edwards has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s “10 most powerful women in gaming” and has consulted on many projects for leading companies such as BioWare, Ubisoft, LEGO, and Facebook. After her presentation, engage in a Q&A session to learn personally from this visionary.

 

Drone Experiences

Then explore drone technology and try to master flying these amazing machines in a drone cage! Work together in groups and test flight skills by flying drones through a series of obstacles set-up in our mobile flight cage. On Saturday, watch as the USF College of Engineering control drones with their minds using a brain-computer interface.  

 

Speakers & Workshops

Learn from the innovators and trailblazers throughout our Central Florida community with workshops and speaker talks at Otronicon! From creating your own bioluminescent 3D printed organism to learning about the business of making games, you’ll leave these workshops and speaker talks with a newfound skill and appreciation for STEM. 

 

Squishy Circuits with Pikachu in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory 

Harness the powers of electric Pokemon as you make and test your own conductive dough to learn about the science of electricity with the help of Pikachu!

 

Schedule of Events

The Tesla Coil Show will be presented throughout Otronicon. Attendees of adults-only Science Night Live will be able to experience the show that evening but will need a separate ticket for the event.

 

Kate Edwards will present at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 18.

 

Drone programming will be available on the SunTrust Terrace from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and again from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on all four days of Otronicon.

 

Speakers and workshops will take place throughout Otronicon. Click here for the speaker schedule. Click here for the workshop schedule. 

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

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Five Ways to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions at Otronicon

We’re ringing in the New Year—and the new decade—with 2020 vision for an innovative new future. We know you’re looking to become your best self this year, and Otronicon 2020 has come just in time with revolutionary techniques to help you achieve your goals! Here’s how Central Florida’s most ambitious tech and STEM career expo will inspire you to discover and reach for the stars.

 

  1. Learn a New Skill —Not only can you immerse yourself in the newest state-of-the-art tech in entertainment, medicine and science at Otronicon, you can also learn to become an innovator in your own right. Take part in one of our workshops or learn directly from experts in their field at one of our speaker sessions. You’ll walk away knowing you can already do something you couldn’t in 2019!
  2. Spend More Time With Friends and Family —Grab the whole family and make Otronicon a weekend outing! Spend quality time learning new skills together, discovering the latest tech being made right here in Central Florida, and even going head-to-head in gaming competitions. As an Orlando Science Center member, your guest passes are also valid. Don’t hesitate to invite a friend you wish you saw more of in 2019 or bring your best friend for your first joint adventure of the year.
  3. Be More Active —With four floors packed with electrifying technology, there’s no doubt you’ll be making countless circuits around the Science Center. Put on your best walking shoes and get ready to discover dozens of exhibitors ranging from major companies to local artists that all share a passion for technology. Even try your hand at virtual reality simulators that’ll get you moving.
  4. Save Money — Control-Alt-Delete your worries about your weekend budget for the New Year! As an Orlando Science Center member, Otronicon is absolutely free for you. That’s four action-packed days of discovering for you and your entire family at absolutely no cost. 
  5. Meet New People — Only Otronicon brings all the Central Florida leaders that are shaping the future together in one place! Speak directly with trailblazers from big-name companies you’re familiar with or make friends by learning something new from the startups that are taking off in our own backyard. Who knows, you may even meet a new career path! 

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

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Join Us for the Otronicon Speaker Series Featuring Industry Professionals

At Otronicon, you can learn directly from fascinating speakers, including industry leaders, visionaries, professors, and more.

Get insight into how technology developed in the Orlando area is changing the world. From revolutionizing education to creating the latest groundbreaking entertainment, these speakers have done it all. For the future trailblazers out there, this is an invaluable opportunity to get advice from experts in technology and engineering about how to snag that coveted dream job.

 

Join us for the Otronicon speaker series daily at the Discovery Stage in Our Planet on Level 4 during January 17 – 20, 2020! With unique presentations each day, there is something to captivate and interest everyone who walks through the doors. 

 

Please note that these speakers are only presenting on select days and that times are subject to change. 

 


 

Chris Zabriskie: How to Glitch Video

Friday, January 17 and Sunday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. 

 

A presentation covering the basics of video glitching, including the history of analog video distortion, how glitching works, the equipment required to get started glitching video, and a live demonstration.

 


 

OSC Presents: The Out of Your Body Experience

Friday, January 17 and Monday, January 20 at 3:00 p.m. 

 

Solve medical mysteries through chemistry as we learn more about how our bodies work.

 


 

OSC Presents: Cool Science

Friday, January 17, Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 20 at 4:00 p.m. 

 

Learn about the science of extreme cold with liquid nitrogen demonstrations at the Discovery Stage! Recommended age 6+.

 


 

William Allen: Google Street View: Taking Control of Accurate Localization Through 360 Degree Imagery

Saturday, January 18  at 12:00 p.m. 

 

Learn how to accurately represent your space through 360-degree technology. Information is more easily accessible than ever. Likewise, methods for updating information have improved. As it stands, portions of the Florida Southern College campus have images from 5-10 years ago. This project’s goal is to update the representation of the Florida Southern College campus on Google Street View. Using 360-degree technology, pathways are mapped through campus to provide a modern visualization for users to experience. After capturing the space, images are uploaded to Google Street View and individual images stitched together to allow for smooth movement providing an accurate representation of the space.

 


 

Keynote Speaker Kate Edwards Presents: Career Paths into Game Creation

Saturday, January 18 at 1:30 p.m. (in the Digital Adventure Theater, Level 2) – Full Details

 

The majority of people play some kind of game today, but have you ever thought of creating your own? Today, game creation tools are powerful and free, and more people are using games as a form of self-expression. Come hear how you can become a part of the growing global face of game creation regardless of your background (psst – you don’t have to be a programmer!)

 


 

Rupert Meghnot: The Business of Making Games 

Saturday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. 

 

The takeaway will be a basic understanding of what to consider, and be prepared for, in order to create, sustain and scale an indie game studio. The “2019 Global Game Industry 50 Over 50” presenter will discuss these nine topics: 1) Do you have what it takes? 2) Why are you doing this? 3) What kind of games will you offer? 4) Who’s your target market and how will you reach them? 5) How will you distribute your games? 6) What’s your business model? 7) What’s your budget and schedule? 8) What’s your PLAN? and, 9) Who’s on your Team?

 


 

Chris Ferguson: Video Games, The Joker and Smartphones – Parenting in the Digital Age

Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. 

 

Parents are bombarded with scary messages about technology's impact on kids. Do smartphones cause suicide? Do video games cause violence? Did the Joker move provoke a revolution of angry white men? Separating the good data from fear-mongering can be tough, even as new technological innovations come at breakneck pace. This presentation will provide parents with up-to-date research to help them understand the role of technology in their children's development.

 


 

Joe Tankersley: Reimagining Our Tomorrows

Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19 at 3:00 p.m.

 

The stories we tell about tomorrow’s possibilities will determine the shape of our future. But we live in a world where technological change is happening so fast it threatens to outpace our imagination. Reimagining Our Tomorrows will show audiences of all ages, how to free their future imaginations and reclaim their power to create the best possible future for ourselves, our families, and our community. The secret ingredient to this method is learning how to combine big dreams with critical imagination. The future does not exist. Each of us has the power to decide what future we want to create.

 


 

Aaron Cendan: Accessibility in Games - The Need For Immersive Audio  

Sunday, January 20 at 12:00 p.m.

 

Inclusion is at the heart of accessibility. It is the breaking down of barriers that prevent people from interacting with media. In "The Need For Immersive Audio," we will explore how the appropriate conveyance of sound can play a major role in allowing everyone to fully engage with games. From clear dialog to accurately positioned 3D audio to the distinct pairing of musical instruments with characters, let's take a closer look at how modern tools can lead us to create more accessible experiences.

 


 

Brandon Naids: Tech Startup - The Road Less Travelled  

Monday, January 20 at 1:00 p.m.

 

Growing up, we are taught to follow our dreams to go to college and pursue a specific career. However, even if you follow society's rules by the books, you might still have to build your own path. This was something I learned the hard way after following my dream to build roller coasters. I moved away from my family and friends in Pennsylvania to Orlando in order to study engineering at UCF. I had done extra curricular activities, worked an internship at the Kennedy Space Center, an internship with Universal Orlando, and was not able to lock in a full time job after graduation.

 


 

Kurt Leucht: Got Robots? - Living and Working on the Moon  

Monday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m.

 

NASA has been using robots to investigate and explore outer space and moons and planets for more than 6 decades. Kurt Leucht, Software Engineer for NASA, will explain NASA’s apparent infatuation with our moon. Kurt will showcase technologies for living off the land on the moon that could prepare the way for future long term human exploration of the moon and then of Mars. 

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

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Learn How To Code Like A Wizard, Make Stop-Motion Animation, and More During Otronicon Workshops!

Become the next great innovator at Otronicon with our engaging, expert-led workshops!

From creating your own bioluminescent 3D printed organism to learning how to set up a state-of-the-art home security system, you’ll leave these workshops with a newfound skill and appreciation for STEM. 

 

Workshop registration is available in the Club House on Level 1. Space is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis so please sign up upon arriving at Otronicon to guarantee your spot. Starting January 13, 2020, guests can reserve workshops in advance for a nominal fee of $5.00 by contacting the reservations department at classes@osc.org or 407.514.2112. Once you are registered we ask that you report to the Club House at least 15 minutes prior to your workshop time to be escorted to the classrooms.

 

Check out the exciting workshops you have to look forward to during Otronicon from January 17-20, 2020!

 


Aaron Cendan presents: Behind the Scenes of Integrating Sound in Games

Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 13 and Up)

Have you ever wondered how the sounds of your footsteps in a video game change depending on the surface you are walking on, whether you are crouched, or whether you are carrying a backpack full of jingle bells? In "Behind the Scenes of Integrating Sound in Games," you will get the opportunity to record, edit, and integrate sound in a video game that changes based on context.

 


 

Disney presents: Star Wars Hour of Code

Monday, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 6 and Up)

This interactive experience introduces coding and computer science in a fun and easy to learn environment for students ages 6 and up. 


 

Dragonfly CGArtwork presents: Dragonfly TITAN Simulation NASA’s mission to Titan

Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30p.m. (30 min - All Ages)

Dragonfly T I T A N. It is a simulation game of NASA’s New Frontiers mission to Saturn’s moon Titan schedule to be launch on 2026 and arrive in 2034. The rotorcraft will fly to dozens of locations on Titan looking for prebiotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth. Dragonfly marks the first time NASA will fly a multi-rotor vehicle for science on another planet; it has eight rotors and flies like a large drone. It will take advantage of Titan’s dense atmosphere to become the first vehicle ever to fly to new places around Titan.


 

Lockheed Martin presents: Production Methodology

Friday – Monday, 12:30 p.m., 1:30p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (60 min – All Ages)

The production methodology workshop will allow participants to work together to build a product, reading and understanding procedures, process improvement, and understand the importance of team communication.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Camp Know Where Rule The Arcade

Friday, 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

It’s no surprise that the kids in Stranger Things spend a lot of time in the Arcade in Hawkins. Attendees will be told that Hawkins is putting in a new arcade, and they will get to be the ones to design the games to fill it. In the end, they will have a game based on the show that possibly even Mad Max can’t beat.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Literacy Skills for Emerging Readers

Friday and Monday, 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 6 and Up)

Build your reading foundation with Immersive Reader in the OneNote app. Explore tools that help improve focus while reading, identify parts of speech, and read text out loud.

 


 

Microsoft presents: MakeCode Minecraft

Saturday and Monday, 2:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Participants will create original coding programs in their own Minecraft world and learn new computer science concepts, such as events, coordinates, variables, and conditionals. They will practice using computational, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills. No prior experience with MakeCode or Minecraft is required.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Get Creative with 3D in Windows 10

Friday and Sunday, 2:30 p.m., and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

The world we live in is multidimensional, so shouldn’t our art be as well? Students will bring their imagination to life by learning new Paint 3D in Windows 10. In this high-energy collaborative environment, participants will fuel their creativity and learn key tools and features of 3D in Windows 10.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Understanding Cyberbullying – Be kind to everyone online

(In English) Friday and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. | (en español) Monday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Participants will learn what cyberbullying is and why it happens, the best strategies to deal with cyberbullying and how to be kind and inclusive online.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Connect, create, and achieve more with Windows 10 and Office 365

(In English) Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and Monday, 3:30 p.m. | (en español) Sunday, 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

This workshop will show you how to collaborate on the go, keep your family safer online, stay organized with OneNote, and more. Participants choose topics of interest and leave understanding how to get empowered with Microsoft apps and tools like Windows 10, Pen and Windows Ink, Mobile Apps and more.

 


Aaron Cendan presents: Behind the Scenes of Integrating Sound in Games

Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 13 and Up)

Have you ever wondered how the sounds of your footsteps in a video game change depending on the surface you are walking on, whether you are crouched, or whether you are carrying a backpack full of jingle bells? In "Behind the Scenes of Integrating Sound in Games," you will get the opportunity to record, edit, and integrate sound in a video game that changes based on context.

 


 

Disney presents: Star Wars Hour of Code

Monday, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 6 and Up)

This interactive experience introduces coding and computer science in a fun and easy to learn environment for students ages 6 and up. 


 

Dragonfly CGArtwork presents: Dragonfly TITAN Simulation NASA’s mission to Titan

Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30p.m. (30 min - All Ages)

Dragonfly T I T A N. It is a simulation game of NASA’s New Frontiers mission to Saturn’s moon Titan schedule to be launch on 2026 and arrive in 2034. The rotorcraft will fly to dozens of locations on Titan looking for prebiotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth. Dragonfly marks the first time NASA will fly a multi-rotor vehicle for science on another planet; it has eight rotors and flies like a large drone. It will take advantage of Titan’s dense atmosphere to become the first vehicle ever to fly to new places around Titan.


 

Lockheed Martin presents: Production Methodology

Friday – Monday, 12:30 p.m., 1:30p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (60 min – All Ages)

The production methodology workshop will allow participants to work together to build a product, reading and understanding procedures, process improvement, and understand the importance of team communication.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Camp Know Where Rule The Arcade

Friday, 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

It’s no surprise that the kids in Stranger Things spend a lot of time in the Arcade in Hawkins. Attendees will be told that Hawkins is putting in a new arcade, and they will get to be the ones to design the games to fill it. In the end, they will have a game based on the show that possibly even Mad Max can’t beat.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Literacy Skills for Emerging Readers

Friday and Monday, 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 6 and Up)

Build your reading foundation with Immersive Reader in the OneNote app. Explore tools that help improve focus while reading, identify parts of speech, and read text out loud.

 


 

Microsoft presents: MakeCode Minecraft

Saturday and Monday, 2:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Participants will create original coding programs in their own Minecraft world and learn new computer science concepts, such as events, coordinates, variables, and conditionals. They will practice using computational, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills. No prior experience with MakeCode or Minecraft is required.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Get Creative with 3D in Windows 10

Friday and Sunday, 2:30 p.m., and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

The world we live in is multidimensional, so shouldn’t our art be as well? Students will bring their imagination to life by learning new Paint 3D in Windows 10. In this high-energy collaborative environment, participants will fuel their creativity and learn key tools and features of 3D in Windows 10.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Understanding Cyberbullying – Be kind to everyone online

(In English) Friday and Saturday, 12:30 p.m. | (en español) Monday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Participants will learn what cyberbullying is and why it happens, the best strategies to deal with cyberbullying and how to be kind and inclusive online.

 


 

Microsoft presents: Connect, create, and achieve more with Windows 10 and Office 365

(In English) Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and Monday, 3:30 p.m. | (en español) Sunday, 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

This workshop will show you how to collaborate on the go, keep your family safer online, stay organized with OneNote, and more. Participants choose topics of interest and leave understanding how to get empowered with Microsoft apps and tools like Windows 10, Pen and Windows Ink, Mobile Apps and more.

 


Orlando Science Center presents: Makey Makey

Sunday, 2:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Explore circuitry and conductivity through the Makey Makey - an invention kit for everyone! Turn everyday objects into touchpads and create your own video game controller in this fun hands-on workshop.

 


 

Orlando Science Center presents: Scratch Game Design

Sunday, 12:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Start programming in a snap using Scratch! Create games and digital art using this collaborative platform from the MIT Media Lab.

 


 

Orlando Science Center presents: Stop Motion Animation

Sunday, 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Bring your imagination to life using stop motion animation technology! We’ll learn how to use a green screen to create movies that take place anywhere in the world. We will use a stop motion app that can be downloaded on your own smartphone so that you can continue creating at home!

 


 

Society of Women Engineers presents: Catapults!

Sunday, 2:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

This workshop teaches any person how to create a catapult using everyday items. Participants will be able to test accuracy, power, and tower during this event.

 


 

Techpays Foundation presents: Code a home security camera with Raspberry Pi

Sunday 10:30 a.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Feeling safe is a basic human need. Coding and creating a home security camera and app can be the first line of defense. Attendees will learn how to operate a Raspberry Pi microcomputer and create a security system in this workshop!

 


 

UCF CREATE presents: Glorganisms

Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. (60 min – Ages 8 and Up)

What are Glorganisms? No, it’s not an alien lifeform here to take over the planet. Glorganisms are bioluminescent (glow in the dark), 3D printed organisms. In this workshop, you will create a plant or an animal using a 3Doodler pen. There will be a black light so you can see your Glorganism glow in the dark. We will learn a little science and a little tech, but we will have A LOT of fun!

 


 

UCF GaIM presents: Maker Space Laser Cut Design 

Monday, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (90 min – Ages 8 and Up)

The UCF Games and Interactive Media Maker Space is presenting this workshop where visitors can participate in designing a project to be laser cut, which can be taken home. These designs can be wearable pendants, unique keychains, or small art works.

 


 

UCF Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy presents: Game Development Card Game

Friday, 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. (90 min – Ages 8 and Up)

Game Dev Game is a 1-4 player card game that teaches about how video game development works. Players take on the roles of programmer, artist, designer, and producer to cooperatively build games based on random rolls of the dice for genre (like platformer, MMO) and theme (aliens, animals, etc.)

 


 

Women in Animation at UCF presents: The Principles of Animation – Flipbooks!

Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (60 min – All Ages)

Women in Animation will be explaining the 12 principles of animation and demonstrate how to create a traditional flipbook animation with movement and secondary action.

 

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

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Otronicon Keynote Speaker: Kate Edwards

Kate Edwards Presents: Career Paths into Game Creation

The countdown to Otronicon is on! From hands-on workshops to interactive exhibits, all ages are invited to ignite their passion for STEM learning! 
 
With Otronicon quickly approaching, we'd like to introduce you to Otronicon's keynote speaker, Kate Edwards. Learn more about her daytime presentation below or check out Science Night Live, our evening for adults 21+ only, to hear her presentation "The Geography Behind Building Game Worlds."

Abstract: 

Video games are the most popular form of entertainment today, with annual global sales surpassing both movie and music revenue combined, as well as all live sports around the world! They’re a cultural and economic phenomenon that’s changing the way people experience stories and how we play together as communities.
 
The majority of people play some kind of game today, but have you ever thought of creating your own? Today, game creation tools are powerful and free, and more people are using games as a form of self-expression. Come hear how you can become a part of the growing global face of game creation regardless of your background (psst – you don’t have to be a programmer!)

Presentation Info:

Title: Career Paths into Game Creation
 
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
 
Times: 1:30 p.m. 
 
Location: Digital Adventure Theater, Level 2
 
Format: 20-minute presentation followed by a short Q&A
 
*Schedule is subject to change. Doors open 15 minutes prior to presentation. 

About Our Keynote: 

Kate Edwards is the Executive Director of the Global Game Jam, as well as the CEO and principal consultant of Geogrify, a consultancy which pioneered content culturalization. She is also a Board Member of Take This and is the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) from 2012 to 2017. In addition to being an award-winning advocate who serves in several advisory roles, she is a geographer, writer, and corporate strategist.
 
Following 13 years at Microsoft, she has consulted on many game and non-game projects for BioWare, Google, Amazon, Facebook, LEGO, and many other companies. Fortune magazine named her as one of the "10 most powerful women" in the game industry in 2013 and in 2014 was named by GamesIndustry.biz as one of their six People of the Year. In 2018, she was honored with Reboot Develop’s annual Hero Award and also presented with IndieCade’s annual Game Changer Award, and in 2019 she was presented with a Special Award from GameRome for her ongoing service to the global game industry. She is also profiled in the December 2018 publication Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play.

Otronicon Ignites Lifelong Passion for STEM

Mackenzie Liezert has always wanted to know how things work. She, like many native Central Floridians, visited Orlando Science Center several times throughout her childhood. This was the perfect way for her to unleash her curiosity and learn about the world around her. These visits were an enjoyable part of her childhood, but the Science Center took on a whole new meaning once she began her college career at the University of Central Florida. In January 2019, Mackenzie attended Otronicon as a volunteer with her fraternity. There, she was enthralled with the amount of science and technology available to discover.

 

“People underestimate how much there is to do,” says Mackenzie. “It isn’t just for people who are tech-obsessed. It’s a fun way to hang out and try something new.”

 

One of her favorite parts of volunteering at Otronicon was seeing how much attendees were enjoying the event. This passion, along with extra free time in the upcoming summer, inspired her to become an Orlando Science Center volunteer. Now, she’s a valuable member of the Visitor Experience volunteer team, stocking and managing supplies that make every guest experience exciting and memorable. Her favorite part of her role is that it encourages her to try new things and be an integral part creating unforgettable guest experiences.

 

As someone who grew up loving science but not feeling it was the right path for her to pursue, volunteering with the Science Center is a perfect way for Mackenzie to stay involved with science and continue discovering. As she continues pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in public administration, we can’t wait to see how far Mackenzie’s passions and thirst to continue learning will lead her in life. 

Otronicon 2020 is currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers ages 13 and up! To learn more, or to register click here. 

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

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Smash (Bros) Stereotypes at Otronicon

It’s time to smash the stereotype that video games are a trivial and lazy pastime. Anyone who games knows that being an expert gamer takes endless time, dedication, and skill. They also know that just as much goes into the creation of these wildly complex and immersive games. But how does a great game concept get transformed into the games that enthrall millions of gamers worldwide? The answer, is science. 

 

Get an immersive, exciting and comprehensive look into the science that has made your favorite games come to life at Otronicon 2020. Meet the gaming industry leaders that will not only show off their creations, but take you through their creation process, from concept to final product. Then, take your knowledge to the next level by joining our interactive gaming workshops! Gather your team, plan your concept and go through the thrilling and challenging design process. 

 

Don’t forget to show off your skills at Otronicon’s gaming competitions. Go head-to-head with other gamers, use some of the latest gaming systems and compete for cash prizes. This is your chance to prove that there’s more than an art to gaming, there’s a science.

 

Here are just a few of the gaming exhibitors and workshops you have to look forward to:

  • 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! Click here to learn more. 
  • Volusia County Schools who will show their work in game development and simulation.
  • Indie Game developers: Theory Studios, SlifkerGames, Suckerbird Games, PSI Games and more will be in attendance with interactive games to test and play. 
  • Microsoft: Interact with the world’s most powerful Xbox console. 
  • Magic Bytes is an international education and entertainment game publisher. Learn how they are creating modern video games that emphasize education values. 

 

Click here to view more exhibitors and workshops. 

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

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

From Otronicon Attendee to Event Producer: An OSC Intern’s Story

Jesslyn Parrish walked into Otronicon 2019 to see some of her professors’ STEM research projects in action. She walked out as a future Orlando Science Center intern, a potential gamer and reconsidering her plans to leave Orlando to pursue a tech career.

 

As a first-time Otronicon attendee, Jesslyn had no expectations for the four-day STEM expo. However, upon attending the event, she was blown away by the sheer number of experiences, workshops, speakers and exhibitors that filled the Science Center. Instead of simply checking out some research, she was faced with rooms and rooms of the most cutting-edge technology in gaming, entertainment, science and medicine.  

 

“It really showed me how many opportunities there are to get involved in the tech world right here in Central Florida,” Says Jesslyn. “I had originally thought I would have to consider moving to California after graduating in a few years.” At its core, this is what Otronicon is all about. Showing Orlando residents that there are countless ways to become involved in the future of STEM that’s being built right in our own backyard. Otronicon provides guests of all ages the resources they need to start a STEM career.

 

Only at Otronicon can Orlando residents speak directly with leaders in their field, get invaluable advice from expert-led speakers and learn new STEM skills in engaging workshops. From the major companies at the forefront of innovation, to the start-ups that will shape the future, Orlando hosts some of the top organizations to start a STEM career with. This was particularly exciting for Jesslyn, who is exceptionally familiar with the importance of networking as a graduate student. At Otronicon, she was able to interact directly with leaders of tech organizations that she could one day be working for. 

 

If Jesslyn could describe Otronicon in one word, it would be “inspiring.” Not only did it inspire her to change the way she views Orlando’s tech industry, it also inspired her to become an Orlando Science Center events intern. Now, Jesslyn is responsible for coordinating and implementing events just like Otronicon at the Science Center. While this step in Jesslyn’s professional development is impressive and inspiring enough, there’s still one unexpected part of her Otronicon experience that can’t go unmentioned. Jesslyn, a self-proclaimed uncertain gamer, was tempted into picking up the controller and testing out the newest video game technology at Otronicon. Now that’s inspiring!

Orlando Science Center is looking for enthusiastic volunteers (ages 13 and up!) to help at this year's Otronicon. Fill out the form below to register.

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

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.

Don’t Just Experience Otronicon — Volunteer At It!  

Volunteer to Inspire Your Community

Put yourself on the frontlines of the groundbreaking innovations, workshops, gaming competitions and speakers that make Otronicon the most ambitious event to bring never-before-seen technology and science together for your exploration.

 

Otronicon volunteers have the exclusive chance to work directly with our community’s greatest minds and leaders in STEM. Get first-hand experience with their groundbreaking technology and be a part of inspiring STEM learning and innovation in thousands of people in your community. 

 

Volunteers even get free admission to Otronicon on the day they volunteer!

 

Positions are filling up fast—don’t wait! 

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

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Saturday, January 18 from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m., Science Night Live is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase Science Night Live tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000.