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."


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.

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.