Otronicon Keynote Speaker: Kate Edwards of Geogrify

Kate Edwards Presents: Don’t Just Play Games – Create Them!

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 invite you to join us as we highlight brand-new performances like Synthestruct's Viscerality and gaming competitions like Otronicon Game Jam. Now, we'd like to introduce you to Otronicon's keynote speaker, Kate Edwards.

Abstract: 

Do you play video games? If so, you're enjoying the most popular form of entertainment today! Games are changing the way we experience stories and how we play together. But have you ever thought of creating your own game? Today, game creation tools are powerful and free, and more and more people are using games as a form of artistic expression.
 
This is your chance to get behind the scenes of making games and learn how you can become part of the future of game creation!

Presentation Info:

Title: Don't Just Play Games – Create Them! 
 
Date: Saturday, January 19, 2019
 
Times: 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. 
 
Location: Digital Adventure Theater, Level 2
 
Format: 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A
 
*Schedule is subject to change. Check the daily schedule or Otronicon mobile app upon arrival to confirm times.

About Our Keynote: 

Kate Edwards is the CEO and principal consultant of Geogrify, a consultancy for content culturalization, and was the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) from 2012 to 2017.
 
In addition to being an outspoken advocate for changing the game industry, she was Microsoft’s first Geopolitical Strategist and worked on many game franchises such as Halo, Age of Empires, Tomb Raider, and Mass Effect. Following 13 years at Microsoft, she has consulted on many game projects for BioWare, Ubisoft, LEGO, Facebook, and many other companies. 
 
Fortune Magazine named her as one of the "10 most powerful women in gaming" and GamesIndustry.biz named Kate as one of their six "People of the Year." She is also profiled in the December 2018 publication Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play.
 

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $14.95 for youth (ages 3-11). Click here to purchase tickets.

 

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

 

Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Taking place on Saturday, January 19 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., SNL is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase SNL tickets.

 

For more information, please call 407.514.2000 or visit the Otronicon website. 

Otronicon Game Jam: From Mars to Manatees

GAME JAM CONTEST:

Do you love game design or virtual reality? Have you ever wanted to help someone learn something using immersive technologies? Orlando Science Center is looking for Central Florida’s most creative game designers and developers to come together and show how art and technology meld together to create innovative interactive learning experiences.

 

Orlando Science Center is hosting its 6th Otronicon Game Jam, an event that challenges game designers to create a science center exhibit using the Oculus Go all-in-one-VR headset that helps its audience learn one concept. Participants can pick a science related topic “from Mars to Manatees.”

 

After just over 30 hours of creative design and implementation, Game Jam judges will pick a team whose work best showcases this objective. Each member of the winning team will receive their own Oculus Go headset.

 

Applicants must apply individually. Teams will be formed on-site.

CONTEST ELIGIBILITY:

  • Game design students, hobbyists, and professionals are encouraged to apply.
  • Experiences will be judged on various criteria including design idea, production level, and overall immersion.
  • Orlando Science Center employees are not eligible to enter.
  • All decisions of the Game Jam contest judges are final.

REGISTER TO BE A MEMBER OF THE OTRONICON GAME JAM

Space is limited and registrations will be accepted with a return email from jam organizers within 72 hours.

You can register for the jam through 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

For inquiries, please contact E2i@ist.ucf.edu.

GAME JAM RULES FOR ATTENDEES & EXHIBITORS:

  • All participants must have an Orlando Science Center admission wristband visible at all times.
  • Your likeness in photos and/or video may be used for Orlando Science Center marketing and other purposes.
  • If your game design is deemed offensive by Orlando Science Center staff or its patrons, you may be disqualified from the competition. Orlando Science Center is a family-friendly building, so use your best judgment.
  • This is a family-friendly event and small children will be present. To that end, there must be no nudity or excessive violence. Also, foul language in-game or during the jam will not be tolerated.
  • All development will occur on premise of the Orlando Science Center during the jam.
  • Electrical power connections and internet will be provided.