Thursday, January 14, 2010

A VIP preview for elected officials, sponsors and other friends and supporters kicked off Otronicon on Thursday night at the Orlando Science Center. As we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the event, Science Center President JoAnn Newman recognized presenting sponsor Full Sail University and charter partners, Lockheed Martin, U. S. Army PEO STRI, University of Central Florida, Media Convergence Laboratory/Institute for Simulation & Training, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, U.S. Army RDECOM, Digital Media Alliance Florida, Marine Corps System Command/PM TRASYS, PHENIX Design Group and Good 2 GO Events.


Guests enjoyed food and cocktails and enjoyed exploring the science, art, technology, careers and fun behind videogames, simulation, and digital media. From flight simulators to surgical robots to the Rock Band experience, VIPs experienced how interactive technology is changing how we live, learn, work and play. Special guests that evening included Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal, Orlando City Commissioner Robert Stuart, Orlando City Commissioner Samuel Ings, Orlando City Commissioner Phil Diamond, Community Leader Dick Batchelor, and Orlando Sentinel Columnist Scott Maxwell.

The evening also featured thanks and recognition for this year's sponsors:

Full Sail University, Lockheed Martin, Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Council, Florida Hospital for Children, Florida Arts & Cultural Affairs Division, Florida Virtual School, City of Orlando, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, United Arts of Central Florida, Digital Media Alliance Florida and AT&T.

Newman closed her remarks with a quote from the IT Industry Council in reference to President Obama's call to action aimed at educating U.S. students in STEM education:

Computer and video games are one of the most effective ways to reach America’s children and encourage them to stay interested in vital STEM principles…”…”the talents kids learn playing educational video games today, such as problem solving, strategic thinking and flexibility are the very types of talents these soon to be adults are going to need to be successful in the 21st Century.


Orlando Science Center • 777 E. Princeton Street • Orlando, Florida 32803 • Phone: 407.514.2000 • Email:
The Science Center is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts. This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.