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Orlando Science Center’s Otronicon Celebrates 10 Years of Innovation

Event Showcases Interactive Technology Created Locally and Served Globally

Friday, January 16 — Monday, January 19, 2015

Orlando, FL (Jan. 8, 2015) - For the 10th consecutive year, multiple industry partners join Orlando Science Center to celebrate interactive technology’s role in how we live, learn, work and play during Otronicon January 16 – 19, 2015.

Partners including Lockheed Martin, EA SPORTS, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida Hospital for Children and University of Central Florida demonstrate Orlando’s impact on the world of entertainment, simulation, education, training, health care and more.

Otronicon is the Science Center’s largest annual event with an average of 3,000 visitors each day — more than 12,000 guests for all four days. The experience has the opportunity to inspire a child’s interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of video games, interactive technology and virtual reality.

There are classes in video game creation as well as exclusive chances to experience simulators to examine how video game technology is being used in the military, medical, sports and entertainment industries as a training and design tool. Plus, connect with local simulation companies to learn about exciting careers in the field.

The event promotes the concept of “made in Orlando, played in Orlando” with many chances to interact with the creative professionals that make the games you enjoy and discover the growing career opportunities in your own backyard.

BRAND NEW TO OTRONICON V.10:

Giving a whole meaning to “shock rock,” performance rock group ArcAttack graces the stage with guitars, drums and singing Tesla coils. Watch this band rock out as visually stunning sparks emanate from the coils in conjunction with the music. The jam session produces what looks like lightning and interacts with a Faraday cage that guests can stand safely inside during the show. As if that wasn’t enough to get you “charged up,” see sparks tangle with a chain mail-wearing guitarist and drums played by a robot! ArcAttack has appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” at SXSW in Austin and designed the Tesla coils used in an endurance stunt by illusionist David Blaine in 2012.

As Otronicon celebrates 10 years, discover what the next 10 years and beyond holds for technology with futurist and nationally renowned speaker Jim Brazell. With a background in technology forecasting, tech start-ups and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, Brazell offers real world innovation experience. His analysis of the changing nature of work, technology trends and regional economic development strategy has influenced public policy across the country.

Dan Barstow may not be able to train you to be an astronaut, but he can tell you how to take photos like one. Barstow of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. has developed the technology that astronauts use to take photos of Earth from the International Space Station. Known as “Windows on Earth,” this window-side aide helps astronauts identify priority targets for photography. Both speakers are featured as part of Otronicon After Dark programming on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Orlando Science Center collaborated with Indienomicon creator Kunal Patel to present Otronicon’s first-ever Indie Game Developer Showcase. Discover the burgeoning indie game community as nearly a dozen teams bring their games for you to play. Meet the innovative entrepreneurs that are changing the tech industry landscape in Orlando. In addition, get a hands-on overview of how a video game is created courtesy of Unity, the company of which VentureBeat said, "Few companies have contributed as much to the flowing of independently produced games as Unity Technologies."

And if you’ve yet to experience the Oculus Rift, local company Engineering & Computer Simulations enables you to embody a worker on an offshore oil rig in a dangerous situation courtesy of the virtual reality head-mounted display. And Talon Simulations puts a spin on the classic flight simulator with the addition of an Oculus Rift headset.

PAST FAVORITES RETURN:

EA SPORTS, the brand responsible for the best-selling Madden NFL and FIFA series, returns to Otronicon for the fifth straight year and will spotlight the many exciting aspects of game development. Also returning is Walt Disney World Resort, which will showcase how they use simulation to design rides and attractions. Lockheed Martin, a partner since the first Otronicon in 2006, is exhibiting an unprecedented 10 flight simulators. And Florida Hospital for Children invites you to operate the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, a technological leap forward over previous models of the robotic-assisted surgery system.

Game developers will have just over 30 hours to create a game from scratch in the 2nd annual Otronicon Game Jam presented by the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design. In this contest sponsored by Intel, judges will award a team whose game best utilizes Intel RealSense Technology and demonstrates the immersive nature of the simulation tools. Games created during the jam will be posted on the Otronicon website and each member of the winning team will receive their own Intel RealSense development.

In addition to our speaker series, Otronicon After Dark on Friday and Saturday evenings includes musical performances of chiptunes —synthesized electronic music reminiscent of eight-bit video game soundtracks — with Benjamin Briggs and Kawaii 8 Bit. The timeless laser light show featuring Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” awaits in the Dr. Phillips CineDome, and adults can enjoy beer courtesy of BART in the lounge as well as geek trivia.

Amateur and professional gamers can enter for a chance to win cash prizes with the return of gaming competitions presented by Powder Keg Games. Test your skills in Super Smash Bros., Halo 4 and others.

In addition, meet local digital media artists and see the creative works being made in our own community. And of course, there will be open play for video games from classic arcades to current gen consoles throughout the building.

COST, HOURS & MORE:

Admission to Otronicon is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3-11). Science Center members can experience Otronicon for free.

Otronicon is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 17; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 19.

For more information, call 407-514-2000 or visit www.otronicon.org.

Find Otronicon on social media at www.facebook.com/otronicon and www.twitter.com/@otronicon, and use the hashtag #otronicon.

PHOTOS:

Download photos at the following Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t2nfbjz7afto2g8/AACLW6DdGAjLq6_vQ-Fz4j0da?dl=0.

OTRONICON V.10 SPONSORS & PARTNERS:

University of Central Florida Research & Commercialization; Florida Hospital for Children; Bright House Networks; EA SPORTS; PNC Bank; Lockheed Martin; Florida High Tech Corridor; DAVE School; Walt Disney World Resort; University of Central Florida College of Engineering & Computer Science; Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy; Seay Business; Engineering & Computer Simulations; University of Central Florida College of Arts & Humanities; University of Central Florida School of Visual Arts & Design; University of Central Florida Institute for Simulation & Training; National Center for Simulation; University of Central Florida College of Sciences; Microsoft; University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Aldebaran; DeVry University; R-Squared Solutions; City of Orlando; and United Arts of Central Florida; Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Orlando Science Center • 777 E. Princeton Street • Orlando, Florida 32803 • Phone: 407.514.2000 • Email: gservices@osc.org
The Science Center is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts. This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.