Play to Win with Powder Keg Gaming Competitions at Otronicon

Play, compete, and spectate in an awesome video game tournament! Battle with the best and even win cash prizes!

Orlando Science Center and Powder Keg Games will host a series of gaming competitions at Otronicon. All four days, eligible guests can enter for a chance to win cash prizes and be proclaimed champion as they compete in a number of video games. 

 

Competitions have limited seating available and are $5 per participant. Please note that you MUST have a ticket to Otronicon to participate.

 

Purchase your competition reservation online here today to ensure your spot as they can sell out in advance!

 

Orlando Science Center members receive free admission to Otronicon and will receive a separate email with a special link to reserve their competitions. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam folder and then contact oscmembership@osc.org

 

If space is still available, participants may register in the Club House no later than 15 minutes before competition start time.

 

Please note that controllers are provided by the Orlando Science Center, no outside controllers allowed.

 

Schedule

Friday, January 18, 2019

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. (1 v 1, 32 cap WiiU)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Dragonball FighterZ (1 v 1, 32 cap, PS4)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap Nintendo Switch)

Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. (1 v 1, 32 cap WiiU)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (FFA, 16 cap, Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap Nintendo Switch)

Sunday, January 20, 2019

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. (1 v 1, 32 cap WiiU)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap Nintendo Switch)

Monday, January 21, 2019

  • 11:00 a.m. - Super Smash Bros. (1 v 1, 32 cap WiiU)
  • 1:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1 v 1, 32 cap Nintendo Switch)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (FFA, 32 cap Nintendo Switch)

Become A Member For Free Otronicon Admission!

Orlando Science Center members receive FREE entry to Otronicon! If you plan on attending the Powder Keg Gaming Competitions all four days of Otronicon, it might pay to become a member. You'll receive complimentary parking as well if space is still available in the Orlando Science Center garage!

 

Buy a membership online today here.

 

For discounted College Level memberships, you must purchase them in person and present your active student ID. If you'd like to reserve your competition space online in advance, please visit the Science Center prior to Otronicon during normal business hours and a Guest Services Representative will be able to assist you. 

 

Waiver

A completed waiver is required to enter any gaming competition. Please download the waiver by clicking here.

 

Rules

  1. Admission to the Orlando Science Center is required for all competitions.
  2. Registration is required for all competitions. This is done on-site at the Orlando Science Center.
  3. Players may enter multiple events.
  4. Gaming consent forms are required for all competitions if under the age of 17. Players may need to verify proof of age over 17. Under 18 players will need a parent present or a signed Gaming Consent Form at the event; this includes Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  5. You must be registered for your competition no later than 15 minutes before competition start time, but be aware that competitions many times reach their max capacity before this deadline.
  6. Each competition is $5.00 to compete per person, per game.
  7. Players must use only the controllers provided by Orlando Science Center. No outside controllers are allowed, and may be confiscated.
  8. Competition is greatly encouraged, but excessive taunting or threatening will not be tolerated
  9. Games started only with official PKG staff (Ref's) permission.
  10. Players will not tamper, unplug, or touch any of PKG's equipment without permission.
  11. No pausing of any game. No intentional glitching. No disrespecting fellow players/staff members.
  12. Intentional cheating will result in expulsion from the tournament.
  13. All decisions made by Orlando Science Center or Powder Keg Games are Final, and not subject to appeal.
  14. Suspected cheating or foul play must be immediately reported to PKG staff (Ref).
  15. Accumulating 3 warnings will result in expulsion from tournament, and possibly the premises.
  16. Prizes and competition details subject to change without notice.

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. 

From Drones To Catapults: Learn from Professionals At Otronicon Workshops

Otronicon is more than a time to experience what others have created—it’s a place where everyone can create something of their own. Through a variety of workshops, learn from professionals in a wide array of industries on how to create anything from works of art to home security systems. This is an invaluable opportunity to develop unique skills and learn more about the technology that is shaping the world around us.

 

Each day will offer a plethora of workshops to appeal to an assortment of interests. Budding artists can create objects with a 3D pen. Gamers will be delighted by making a simple local multiplayer game with other attendees. Drone aficionados can challenge themselves to fly an unmanned aerial system through an obstacle course. There’s something for everyone to learn and enjoy!

 

Please note: 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. 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.

 

Below is just a small "byte" of what you can look forward to experiencing during Otronicon, January 18 – 21, 2019! Click here for more workshop dates and times.

 

Workshops

  1. Maps, Apps, and Drones with UCF – Come learn about maps, apps and use these cool science technology tools on site. Engage in an interactive assembly and participate in hands-on learning activities that may include: mapping apps, creating crowd-sourced data, flying mini-drones, augmented reality sandbox, VR goggle drone flights around the world, and more.
  1. Catapult Challenge – This workshop is a hands-on design challenge where participants will brainstorm, design, build, test, and evaluate catapults of their own making. Along the way, participants can also expect to learn the history of and explore the science behind catapults. The designs will be tested on their accuracy, power, and ability to take down a tower.
  2. Code a Home Security Camera with Raspberry Pi – Feeling safe is a basic human need. Coding and creating a home security camera and app can be the first line of defense. Create a security system in this workshop with TechPays™.
  1. The Sky is Not the Limit, Rise of Unmanned Aerial Systems – Learn about the fast paced technology of UAS and how to become involved as a commercial UAS operator. Through a hands-on indoor flight session, students will learn to manually fly a UAS and program it to autonomously navigate an obstacle course.

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 Floor Talks Feature Engineers, Psychologists and More Industry Professional Speakers

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.

 

Every day offers new speakers and unique learning experiences. With four unique presentations a day, there is something to captivate and interest everyone who walks through the doors. For those who would prefer to experience the speeches in Spanish, there will be a few Spanish sessions offered as well. All speakers will be presenting at the Discovery Stage on Level 4.

 

Here’s what you can expect from some of the speakers during Otronicon, January 18 – 21, 2019! Please note that these speakers are only presenting on select days.

 

Please click here for the Otronicon speaker schedule. Please note that times are subject to change. 

 

Speakers

 

Jaime Magnetico: Learning Newborn Care with Super Baby 

Friday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. 

Learn how Respiratory Care students at Seminole State College get hands-on experience with simulators to prepare them for working with real patients. The baby simulator has advanced technology that allows students to learn how to properly assess a newborn and treat them appropriately.

 

Michael Uleskie: The Sky is Not the Limit. Rise of Unmanned Aerial Systems 

Saturday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. 

Unmanned aerial systems are not an evolution of aviation, but a revolution in the way we fly. Learn from the Chief Public Safety Instructor of DartDrones about the growth of the unmanned aerial systems industry, aircraft design and developments, regulation and certification requirements, and discussion on real world uses in various industries.

 

Jovanny Fuentes: Developing Key Skills to Build and Engineering Career 

Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. 

Learn directly from a Lockheed Martin professional about what is valuable to teams in the engineering industry beyond the core academic requirements, how these skills can be discovered and developed, and how to leverage these to begin a new role or career in engineering. Presentation to be delivered in English and Spanish.

 

Lori Huertas: The Psychology of a Tech Personality

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

The theory behind The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator, a self-report questionnaire designed to indicate psychological preferences, is to show how people perceive the world and make decisions. Learn from a STEM professional from Florida Polytechnic University how not only can knowing your own personality type help you understand your own behaviors, it can provide you with insight into finding a career that best aligns with your preferences.

 

Pat Camilo: Getting Your Path To Success 

Monday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. 

Spanish version to follow at 2:30 p.m. 

 A short story of Pat Camilo's journal getting into the engineering field. As a Latino, Pat will describe the multiple paths he went down before getting into Lockheed Martin. Pat will showcase the different resources available from technical education to college and how companies in Central Florida are working on different programs to support STEM Education. *This talk will also be presented in Spanish. 

 

For a full speaker schedule please follow the button below. 

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. 

Performances Bring Tech to Life at Otronicon

Otronicon Live Shows Will Make Your Hair Stand Straight Up!

Prepare to be mesmerized by dazzling live shows and events occurring throughout the entire weekend 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.

 

Viscerality, presented by artist Synthestruct, is an exploration of cutting-edge methods for creating visual spaces and soundscapes for real-time interactive performance. Using the sensor-enabled Mi.Mu Gloves, the artist can completely step away from the computer and conduct an extraordinary display of audio and visuals just through the movement of her hands. This personalized performance guarantees a unique and thrilling experience at every single show.

 

At the Tesla Coil Show*, discover how a Tesla coil can be transformed into a musical instrument. Invented by Nicola Tesla in 1891, the Tesla coil revolutionized the status quo of electricity generation put forth by Thomas Edison. This live show 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 electrifying experience!

 

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

 

Gain invaluable insight from Otronicon Keynote Speaker,  Kate Edwards, in her presentation, “Don't Just Play Games – Create Them!” on Saturday, January 19.  Get behind the scenes of making games and learn how you can become part of the future of game creation from one of the most influential leaders in the gaming industry. 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.

 

Schedule of Events

Catch Viscerality four times a day, each day of Otronicon! RSVP to our Facebook event here for updates. 

 

The Tesla Coil Show will be presented throughout Otronicon, except Saturday, January 19. Attendees of adults-only Science Night Live will be able to experience the show that evening but will need a separate ticket for that event.

 

Kate Edwards will present at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19.

 

For a more detailed event schedule, please click here.

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 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. 

University of Central Florida Student Films on Display at Otronicon

Check Out Incredible Animated Short Films Created By University of Central Florida Students At Otronicon

Orlando's biggest interactive tech expo is back, and better than ever. Otronicon returns January 18-21 and promises to showcase the latest and greatest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math – all developed, and used in our own backyard! 

 

As a Science Center, we know that pursuing STEAM careers can be intimidating. Otronicon aims to erase that fear in our young minds of tomorrow by introducing attendees to all avenues of STEAM from mechanical engineers to animation artists. 

 

Just take the work of students from University of Central Florida's Emerging Media BFA Character Animation Track for example! Part of UCF's School of Visual Arts and Design, The Character Animation Track is a limited access program where students work as a team-based cohort over a 2-year period, mimicking the animation industry studio environment. Graduates of the program have gone on to land internships and jobs at Disney Feature Animation, PIXAR, Dreamworks Animation, Lucasfilm, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, and many others.

 

Visitors can catch these short films on rotation at the Discovery Stage in Our Planet on Level 4. Keep reading for a preview of these spectacular films, and don't miss Otronicon, at Orlando Science Center January 18-21! 

 

Yours, Mime, and Ours: A heartwarming tale of a clown father trying to understand his mime daughter. Hilarity ensues.

 

Farmer Glorp: An animated short presenting the daily life of Glorp, an alien farmer caring for sunflowers on the sun. On a day like any other, the field is invaded by Flip, an excitable creature seeking food. Farmer Glorp must stop her accidental chaos before his crops are destroyed by her playful nature.

 

Ukelayla: Layla, a young girl with a speech disability, has high hopes for her first day of school, but her differences make it difficult to connect to others. Where speech fails, music speaks. Follow Layla and Kiki into a world of music, magic, and friendship in Ukelayla!

 

Box Forts: Two neighborhood kids like to make cardboard box towers in their backyards. One day, things get out of hand when their friendly competition escalates - literally.

 

Night Light: A wide-eyed, newborn sea turtle named Fin finds himself on the illuminated beaches of Miami. It is a perilous time to be a hatchling, with hazards of artificial light and debris present at every turn. With the help of Abueluna, his caring, celestial guide, Fin will make the daring trek from his cluttered nest to the open seas.

 

Cuddlefish: The story of Viktor, a daring Viking on the adventure of a lifetime. His travels come to a grinding halt when he meets the adorable love-sick kraken, Kaimana, who falls in love with the anchor on Viktor's mighty ship. The two face off in an epic conflict of wit which teaches both of them that love is blind as far as the eye can "sea."

 

Flower Story: Set in the midst of ancient Celtic ruins, two stone creatures find out first-hand the meaning behind the circle of life, and the joy and sorrow that accompany it.

 

Dreamweaver: The Chippewa tribe believes that Asibikaashi, the spider woman, protects children from bad dreams at night by weaving dream catchers to hang above their heads while they sleep. In Dreamweaver, she teaches Namid, an eight-year-old Chippewa girl who suffers from nightmares, to overcome her fears.

 

See these films along with STEAM exhibitors, live audiovisual performances,
and more at Otronicon! 

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. 

Viscerality Full-Dome Experience Premieres at Otronicon 2019

Synthestruct’s Viscerality

Every year, Otronicon showcases incredible state of the art technologies. Many of which combine the creative arts and tech to explore how stories are presented in the real and the imaginary world. At this year’s Otronicon, Synthestruct will be debuting a rare, immersive full-dome experience incorporating Mi.Mu Gloves that will captivate audiences through a unique audio and visual experience.

 

Synthestruct’s performance, Viscerality, is an exploration of cutting-edge methods for creating visual spaces and soundscapes for real-time interactive performance. The artist has designed each performance element to work intimately together, and uses gestures and movements of her hands to directly control each element through the sensor-enabled Mi.Mu Gloves. The gloves communicate the artist’s movements wirelessly to the Glover software, developed by Mi.Mu team member Adam Stark, which allows her to route each communication to Ableton Live and TouchDesigner software, where she has programmed all the audio and visual elements. This wireless gestural control lets her step away from the computer completely during the performance and interact with the audio and visual elements in a more spatial and intuitive way. During the performance, everything is happening in real-time — the artist is the conductor, and only through her movements does the performance unfold.

 

Each aspect of the performance has been specifically created by the artist to be presented in a full-dome, as this medium is most ideal in delivering the optimal immersive experience. Due to the intimate and real-time connection between the artist’s movements and how the audio and visuals respond, each performance is entirely unique.

 

RSVP and share the Facebook event here to get updates!

 

About The Mi.Mu Gloves

The star of the show, besides Synthestruct of course, are the Mi.Mu Gloves, which enable the artist to control each aspect of the live performance. You might have seen these gloves demonstrated in a few TED Talks, as well as used by famous artists, such as Ariana Grande, in concert. They were developed by musician and artist Imogen Heap, known for producing ambient synth-pop music. She envisioned a new approach of combining music software with tangible tools, when she came across the idea of producing music with a pair of gloves. The Mi.Mu Gloves were born! The gloves provide the most unique performances, and you can experience them through Viscerality.

 

Meet Synthestruct 

Orlando-based artist Synthestruct is an interactive and audiovisual designer who incorporates sensors and creative coding as a means of connecting with the world around us. In September, Synthestruct was recognized as one of the “Women In The Lead” at the Music Tech Festival Stockholm, where she met Imogen Heap who spearheaded the Mi.Mu glove project, and Kelly Snook, one of the Mi.Mu glove’s creators. Synthestruct had been working with the gloves to explore new creative tools for live control for her audiovisual performances and has been working closely with the Science Center to present Viscerality in the Dr. Phillips CineDome. Her work has been featured at the Orlando Science Center over the years, from her interactive dance visualizer ‘REACT’ at last year’s Otronicon to her interactive installations, permanently on display in OSC’s Fusion: A STEAM Gallery.

 

She evolves her work through the particular lens of cymatics — the study of sound visualization. Through this lens she has created and performed live full-dome audio visual experiences around the world. From Montreal to Stockholm, Synthestruct has provided international audiences with spectacular presentations showcasing an incredibly rare medium of storytelling.

“I have this extreme desire to create, and to explore the things that I create, in more intuitive ways. Connecting with the sound and with the visuals using the gloves (Mi.Mu) is the ultimate level of connection with what I’m creating. “

Synthestruct is the creator, performer, designer or shall we just say — wizard behind Viscerality. Everything from the audio you hear to the visions you see will have been originally produced by the artist. Don’t miss this exciting and unparalleled opportunity to witness Synthestruct’s Viscerality–exclusively at Otronicon, January 18-21.

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.