Otronicon Interactive Tech Event

Otronicon Event Origin

(O)rlando Elec(tron)ic (I)nteractive Entertainment (Con)vention

Since its inception in 2006, Otronicon has successfully sparked interest throughout the Central Florida community in science, technology, engineering, art, math, digital media, simulation, robotics, virtual reality, and more. From flying a real-world military simulator to operating a surgical robot, guests of all ages and background are invited to experience four days of unprecedented access to the innovative technology created right in our backyard.
Where else can you have a conversation with a surgeon, a theme park engineer or astronaut? Otronicon of course! This event boasts various categories of new and unique technology demonstrated through interactive exhibits along with hands-on workshops, gaming competitions and guest speakers. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with industry professionals, learn new skills, playtest never-before-seen video games, and learn how technology and art coexist.
Otronicon is a celebration of technology in all its forms and functions. Join us as we continue the tradition that showcases these technologies, their impact on our lives and their potential to drive the future, individually, regionally and globally.

Otronicon Event Origin

(O)rlando Elec(tron)ic (I)nteractive Entertainment (Con)vention

Since its inception in 2006, Otronicon has successfully sparked interest throughout the Central Florida community in science, technology, engineering, art, math, digital media, simulation, robotics, virtual reality, and more. From flying a real-world military simulator to operating a surgical robot, guests of all ages and background are invited to experience four days of unprecedented access to the innovative technology created right in our backyard.

Where else can you have a conversation with a surgeon, a theme park engineer or astronaut? Otronicon of course! This event boasts various categories of new and unique technology demonstrated through interactive exhibits along with hands-on workshops, gaming competitions and guest speakers. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with industry professionals, learn new skills, playtest never-before-seen video games, and learn how technology and art coexist.

 

Otronicon is a celebration of technology in all its forms and functions. Join us as we continue the tradition that showcases these technologies, their impact on our lives and their potential to drive the future, individually, regionally and globally.

Exhibitors

Workshops

Speakers

Competitions

Volunteer

Otronicon is looking for volunteers ages 13 and older to help as exhibit operators, way finders, and more! Sign up today and receive free admission on the day you volunteer!

Live Performances

NEW to Otronicon 2019!

Prepare to get inspired by these brand new experiences including our Keynote Speaker, the Viscerality full-dome audiovisual performance, and our new Tesla Coil show! 

Science Night Live

Enjoy Otronicon programming after dark! It's Social. It's Science. It's for Ages 21+. With special programming designed for adults. Limited tickets available online only.

Sponsors

City-of-Orlando
CSI
Disney
ECS
Evans-and-Sutherland
Florida-High-Tech-Corridor
Full-Sail-Labs
Lockheed-Martin
Microsoft
National-Center-Simulation
OCFL-ACA
Orange-Technical-College
Orlando-Economic-Partnership
Polytechnic-University
Seay-Business
Siemens
Seminole-State-College
Talon-Simulations
UCF-College-Lisitings1
UCF-College-Listings-2
UCF-College-Listings-3
United-Arts
Zymphony

2019 Advisory Board

Co-Chairs

Joe Muley

Assistant Director

University of Central Florida School of Visual Arts & Design

Brandon Naids

CEO + CO-Founder

Talon Simulations

Rob Coble

ECPI

Brittny Sherlock

Lockheed Martin Rotary Mission System

Neal Finkelstein, PhD

U.S. Army Research Laboratory, RDECOM

Jennie Ablanedo

UCF, IST, Team Orlando Liaison for Serious Games Showcase & Challenge 2019

Saham Ali

Falcon’s Creative Group

Chelsea Anagnoson

MFA, UCF Create

Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel P Baltz Jr.

USN, NAWCTSD STEM Coordinator

Pat Camilo

Lockheed Martin

Sheena Fowler

Orlando Economic Partnership

Ron Handy

PHENIX Design Group

Maria Harrington, PhD

School of Visual Arts & Design UCF

Joshua D Kitain

Lockheed Martin RMS, Training and Logistics Solutions

Andy Marshall

Walt Disney World: Simulation & Analysis

Rupert Meghnot

Burnout Game Ventures, LLC

Tracey Morrison

UCF CREATE

Dr. Elaine Raybourn

Sandia National Laboratories

Allison Rivera

Lockheed Martin Corporation Missiles and Fire Control

Nicole Santalla

Microsoft at the Florida Mall

Steve Seay – Brigadier General, USA (Retired)

Seay Business Solutions, LLC, Department of Athletics UCF

Dr. Richard Signer – Chief Medical Officer (Retired)

Florida Hospital for Children

Eileen Smith

E2i Creative Studio, UCF Institute for Simulation & Training

Peter Smith

UCF School of Visual Arts and Design

Stella Sung

UCF CREATE

Jim Thomas

Orlando Tech Association

Molly Townsend

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Matt Tracy

UCF CREATE

Kim Wheeler, PE

Walt Disney World Integrated Facilities Planning

Star-Studded Evenings

Fridays & Saturday evenings from 5:00–9:00 p.m.

Join us this fall and winter for Star-Studded Evenings! This is your chance to experience some of Orlando Science Center’s programming after dark. Stargaze in the Observatory and see a feature-length film for just $10 per person after 5:00 p.m. (free for OSC members)!

Star-Studded Evenings are perfect for date night, or just a fun night out with the family!

 

Crosby Observatory

Learn a little more about our place in outer space through the Observatory, weather permitting. Our 10″ Byers refracting telescope is used to look at various celestial objects, depending on what is visible in the night sky during the season, as well as 8″ and 10″ reflecting telescopes. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers can even give you tips on how to stargaze at home!

 

Digital Adventure Theater

Catch a Hollywood movie in the Digital Adventure Theater! Showtimes are 5:10 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. Films will rotate throughout the run of Star-Studded Evenings. To find out what will be playing on the night of your visit, please check the theater schedule before you arrive.


Please note that exhibit halls will be closed during Star-Studded Evenings. 

Inspire Science Breakfast

Each year, the Inspire Science Breakfast brings close to 200 community members together, all with the purpose of showing how Orlando Science Center is improving lives within our Central Florida family. Our goal is to raise funds to continue making an impact in our community. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on you, our supporters, to help be the spark that ignites innovation. 

Enjoy an uplifting start to your day at our annual Inspire Science Breakfast. Support innovative STEM education as we share how Orlando Science Center is improving lives in our Central Florida Community.   

Orlando Science Center relies on YOU to help us carry out our mission to inspire science learning for life Together we can be the spark that ignites innovation.  

 The Inspire Science Breakfast brings over 200 community members together to show how, through your support, we are working to improve lives across Central Florida. You can help build future leaders, shape our community, and develops the minds of our youth to accomplish extraordinary things. Your support will move a child through the STEM pipeline of discovery, from cradle to career. 

Guests at the Inspire Science Breakfast will enjoy a delicious meal, networking opportunities, presentations from community figures, and other heartwarming surprises 

Sign up today as a Table Host for your friends and colleagues.  

Young Professionals for OSC

Young Professionals for OSC

The Young Professionals for Orlando Science Center are a group of passionate people who are 21 to 40 years old.

Established in 2015 with membership increasing more and more each year, they exist to fund-raise and “friend-raise” to support the mission of Orlando Science Center.

 

Members have a passion for science, and desire to make a positive impact. As a member, you will have opportunities to network at special events hosted by the Young Professionals Board or by Orlando Science Center, plus participate in volunteer opportunities to improve the Central Florida community.

For more information on becoming a member please contact ypgroup@osc.org or call our Development Department at 407.514.2162.

 

Young Professionals Membership Application

For more information on becoming a member please contact ypgroup@osc.org or call our Development Department at 407.514.2162.

 

Young Professionals Membership Application

Benefits

  • Free admission to adults-only Science Night Live with special programming. 
  • Special events hosted by the Young Professionals. 
  • Entry to an exclusive happy hour with community leaders at the interactive tech expo Otronicon.
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, fundraisers and other VIP events. 
  • Access to volunteer opportunities at Orlando Science Center. 
  • Networking with other members and professional development workshops. 
  • Invitations to participate in fundraising for annual events such as Science of Wine. 

2018–2019 Executive Committee

Brock Magruder 

Chair

Teddy Dover 

Vice Chair

James Madison

Membership Chair

Chris Ciocca

Events Chair

Nicole Cuccaro

Communications Chair

Jessica Dietrick

Philanthropy Chair

Trinette Nation

Orlando Science Center Liaison

Lindsay Winter

Group Founder and Ex-Officio Board Member

Paul Bennett

Virginia Beeson

Jack Brennan

Morgan Smith

Brittany Mead

Lauren Leavitt

Observatory

Scheduled Times – Level 6

Atop Orlando Science Center sits a domed observatory that, if visited during the right time of year and under the proper conditions, can provide views of planets, stars, and other celestial objects.

 

View the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas, and binary star systems!

 

View the breathtaking night sky, brilliant sun, and even bustling downtown Orlando area from the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope along with several smaller scopes.

All activities and events in the Observatory are weather-permitting. Observatory hours are subject to change based on weather conditions in the area.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Viewing Opportunities

Solar Viewing

Second Saturday of the Month, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.


November 10th

December 8th

February 9th

March 9th

April 13th

May 11th


Get a more in-depth look at the closest star to the Earth — our sun! After checking out the sun, learn about the telescopes that let us explore the solar system. Please remember that observing outer space requires good weather here on Earth.

Star-Studded Evenings

Peer into the cosmos at Star-Studded Evenings with the Crosby Observatory's 10″ Byers refracting telescope for an out-of-this world view of various celestial objects.

 

Winter time brings cooler weather, early sunset and recognizable constellations like Orion, Taurus and Cassiopeia.

 

Friday and Saturday nights, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. until February 23. Excluding January 18 and 19

 

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Science Night Live

An “adult swim” of the science variety, this event features everything you love about the Science Center… without kids! Experience all four floors of exhibits, films and hands-on programming aimed specifically for grown-ups, while enjoying adult food and beverages available for purchase.

 

Must be 21 and older.

 

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Private Star-Gazing Parties

Orlando Science Center’s observatory can be booked for exclusive viewing experiences for private parties.

 

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Other Opportunities

Adopt a Star

Give a gift that really shines! If you are seeking a unique and meaningful gift idea that supports a cause, consider adopting a star in a loved one’s name.

 

Each of the stars in our Adopt-A-Star Program is considered a “bright” star and all of them are visible from the OSC’s observatory at some point throughout the year.

 

Adopt A Star Brochure

Local Astronomy Group

Interested in joining a local astronomy group? Check out the Central Florida Astronomical Society.

 

CFAS activities include monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, monthly observing sessions at several sites across Central Florida, publication of a web information site, and public observing sessions when events of significant interest occur.

 

For more information, visit their site at www.cfas.org.

The Hive: A Makerspace

The Hive - Level 3

Presented by The Isaacs Family 

Come see what all the buzz is about! In The Hive: A Makerspace, the possibilities are as vast as your imagination. Learn how to sew a button, fold an origami crane, design a figurine using 3D modeling software then bring it to life with a 3D printer, or solder a circuit board – there’s always something new to try!

 

Many of the best designs come from collaboration. The Hive is a space that cultivates community and emphasizes the learning opportunities in every failure and success. Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation. Go forth and create!

The Hive is designed specifically for makers ages 8 and up. Makers 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

NatureWorks

Exhibit Hall – Level 1

In NatureWorks, you’ll learn about the amazing animals and plants that inhabit coral reefs, mangrove forests, cypress swamps and other Florida environments, along with other areas around the world.

 

Discover what lies deep within the Floridan Aquifer, learn how to identify some of Florida’s native and invasive species, and observe animals in their unique habitats to understand their amazing adaptations!

 

Within the exhibit hall, there are frequent opportunities to hear from a NatureWorks animal keeper and encounter some of our Animal Ambassadors up close at their scheduled encounters!

Science Live!

Check out Fish Feeding Frenzy to learn more about the animals that inhabit Florida’s reefs, or join us for Swamp Talk to meet the fish and reptiles that live in Florida’s cypress swamps.


Check the Science Live! Calendar or pick up a Daily Schedule to see what’s happening during your visit.

Conservation Partner

 Seafood Watch

Theaters

If you need a break from the exhibit floor, take a seat in one of our state-of-the-art theaters.

The domed giant-screen Dr. Phillips CineDome and high-definition 3D Digital Adventure Theater both offer educational films daily, and all films are included with general admission. Content changes regularly, so be sure to check the theater schedule before you arrive to find out what’s playing.

Guests waiting for a giant-screen film to start in the CineDome.

Dr. Phillips CineDome

Take a journey to a new world with films about nature, history, geography and more on the giant screen!

A guest presenter addressing the audience during Science Night Live.

Digital Adventure Theater

Get absorbed in the action with 3D educational films and exciting live stage shows that bring science to life!

Crowd wearing 3D glasses watches a Hollywood film in the Digital Adventure Theater.

Hollywood Films

Thursday through Sunday evenings, the Digital Adventure Theater will play Hollywood films at 5:10 p.m.

Become A Volunteer

Adult volunteer during the Otronicon event interacting with guests.

Adult Volunteers

Donate your time to bring the Science Center to life in a way that complements your expertise and interests.

Customer service employee instructing an intern at the front desk.

Internships

Explore an exciting real-world career in a nonprofit setting, working both independently and with the team. College credit is available.

Youth volunteer helping summer camp students measure ingredients for an experiment.

Catalyst Youth Volunteers

Gain valuable skills and make new friends while giving back to the community. Opportunities are available year-round.

Science of Wine

Join us for a night of wine, gourmet food and science! Science of Wine is a unique wine and food tasting with an educational twist. More than 150 of the finest wines from all of the major regions of the world will be represented. Local gourmet restaurants and caterers will also bring their best bites to the table to pair the wines with delectable dishes. Guests can purchase add-on experiences such as cooking demonstrations and seminars. 

Ready your mind – and palate – for a night of wining, dining and learning at one of Orlando’s most unique food and wine events, the Science of Wine! 

Tickets will go on sale in 2019.  

Sip, savor and support the mission of Orlando Science Center! Uncork your inner sommelier, and scientist, at the 9th annual Science of Wine presented by Southern Glazer’s Wines and Spirits.  The Science of Wine is not just another wine tasting, but an oenological odyssey with presentations on multiple aspects of wine growing and wine tasting as well as the opportunity to sample more than 150 fine wines from the world’s most important wine regions and some of the best food from your favorite region, Central Florida! 

The Science of Wine raises critical funding in support of the Orlando Science Center’s mission, a 501(c)(3) organization. These funds are used to advance educational programs and provide the opportunity for children to explore the wonder and excitement of the Science Center.