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.